Peace Arch Historical State Park is a unique 20-acre day-use park that lies on the boundary between the United States and Canada. The 67-foot Peace Arch monument sit on the border of the two nations at the 49th parallel. The arch was constructed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the treaties that were a result of the War of 1812 with Great Britain. This was the first structure in the world to celebrate lasting peace, planned and developed in conjunction with the Canadian Peace Arch Provincial Park.
The park is known for its lush gardens, vast lawns and panoramic views of Point Roberts and Vancouver Island. A variety of annuals are planted each spring, resulting in abundant foliage year round and colorful blooms during the summer. Rhododendrons, azaleas, dahlias, and a hybrid tea rose garden are just some of the captivating plants on the grounds.
International Arts and Music Festival In June, Peace Arch State Park is home to the International Arts and Music Festival. In addition to the great music you will hear, there are arts vendors displaying their crafts and local wineries, breweries and food vendors on site.
The park provides a rentable day-use facility, The American Kitchen. Surrounded by thousands of flowers, this building features views of the San Juan islands, Point Roberts, Vancouver Island, Semiahmoo Bay, and the historic Peace Arch on the United States and Canadian border. A scenic location for meetings, company picnics, weddings, receptions and reunions, the American Kitchen has an interior capacity of 100 people and a combined grounds rental capacity of 400.
Reservations can be made online or by calling 888-CAMPOUT (888-226-7688).
The 67-foot Peace Arch was the vision of Sam Hill, a prominent road builder, Quaker and humanitarian, who built many landmark structures in Oregon and Washington. Hill bought property in both countries for the construction of the arch. Peace Arch was the first arch in the U.S. to be dedicated to peace and is still one of very few in the world.
The arch design is widely believed to be the work of renowned architect Harvey Wiley Corbett. Construction was completed Sept. 6, 1921. The structure commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in 1814 and the Rush- Bagot Agreement in 1817. The treaties, signed by the king of England and President Monroe, provided for peaceful resolution of U.S. – British disputes and an unguarded U.S./Canadian border. The treaties resulted from the War of 1812 with Great Britain.
In 1931, the property on the Washington side became a Washington State Park. In 1939, British Columbia added Peace Arch Provincial Park to its park system.
The Pacific Highway, the precursor to Interstate 5, was diverted in 1932 to pass along either side of the arch. A much-expanded I-5 still runs north and southbound on each side of the arch.