Long pandemic closure ends for Peace Arch Park

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VANCOUVER — One of the last remaining COVID-19 closures in British Columbia has finally been lifted.

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Peace Arch Provincial Park, the nine-acre park that straddles the BC-Washington state line at White Rock, reopened Monday after being closed more than two years ago amid pandemic-related border closures.

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A statement from BC Parks says it has been working with the local First Nation, Canada Border Services Agency, RCMP and other agencies “to ensure that the park’s reopening is done in a safe and respectful manner.”

The Department of the Environment, which is responsible for BC Parks, had said reopening the Canadian side of Peace Arch Park was a priority, but that the park’s “open nature” made it difficult to ensure visitors adhere to it. kept the border regulations.

The park is unique in North America as the only place where people from Canada and the United States can meet without crossing a border.

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US officials kept the Washington side of the park open during the pandemic and it became a hugely popular gathering place for families and loved ones separated by the border closure, raising concerns in BC about large gatherings of unvaccinated people.


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