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  Cars lined up at the Border crossing & Peace Arch
by balhannah

Continuing our drive from White Rock, we headed to the border of the U.S.A. and Canada.

Peace Arch is a very nice, well maintained, BC Provincial Park, well looked after by the American's and Canadian's.
Wow! What a sight was the colossal white monument called Peace Arch, symbolizing peace and friendship between Canada and the US.

This huge monument was constructed in 1921 commemorating the signing of the Treaty of Ghent on December 24, 1814, which ended the War of 1812 between the US and Britain.
Inside one of the cornerstone's is a steel box made from the steel of a captured slave ship, and a piece of the Beaver and the Mayflower.

The arch was the first of its kind in the world, open all the time......
"May These Gates Never Close."
The historical Peace Arch has engravings: Children of a Common Mother, on the Washington side, and Brethren Dwelling Together in Unity on the British Columbia side.

It really was quite a sight for us, the Arch, the huge amount of cars lined up to pass into another country, the grave headstones, and the wonderful flower garden, one in the shape of the Canadian Flag. The park had plenty of picnic tables and shelter sheds, a children's playground and Toilets.

I was glad we came for a look!

The park is located about 40 km south of Vancouver, straddling the 49th parallel on the International Boundary between Canada and the USA at the Douglas Border crossing.
This is at the junction of Highway 99 in British Columbia and Interstate 5 in Washington State.

Website: http://www.vancouverisland.com/parks/?id=111

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  • Updated May 17, 2010
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