The Peace Arch - A Symbol Of Peace Between the Canada and the US

The Peace Arch - A Symbol Of Peace Between the Canada and the US

The Peace Arch is a beautiful 67 foot tall monument that straddles the border of Canada and the United States, half in each country. The flags of both countries wave proudly from the top of the monument and you can walk through the arch. The arch itself is designed to be a symbol of enduring peace between the two countries and the park surrounding it is the center of festivals devoted to peace and international understanding.

 

Half of the peace arch is located in Surrey Canada and the other half in Blaine Washington which are both beautiful peaceful communities in their own right. The park on the Canadian side is called the Peace Arch Provincial Park and on the United States side it is called the Peace Arch State Park but really the way they come together they are like one big continuous park and people can walk between them.

The park hosts many special events throughout the year including a well recognized international sculpture contest and exhibition. It is well worth a visit to the peace park just to see these amazing statues which often have a peace theme but not always. There are also many outdoor concerts, peace festivals, and guest lecturers as well as rallies when the symbolism is appropriate. Nearby is the busiest border crossing on the west side of the continent and it has remain open continually since the monument was erected in 1921 which also speaks well to the peace between Canada and the United States.