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 is jointly maintained by the United States and Canada. The concrete structure was the inspiration of Sam Hill, railroad builder and industrialist. Construction (begun in 1920) completed September 6, 1921. The words which are printed on the U.S. side of the Peace Arch are "Children of a Common Mother" and "Brethren Dwelling Together in Unity" is on the Canadian side. In the middle of the arch are the words "May These Gates Never Be Closed" and on the opposite side in the middle is "1814 Open One Hundred Years."
The Arch commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in 1814 and the Rush-Bagot Agreement in 1817. Entered into by the king of England and President Monroe, these treaties provided for an unguarded United States and Canadian border from the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. Both treaties resulted from the War of 1812 with Great Britain.