International Peace Garden – Boissevain, Manitoba - Atlas Obscura

International Peace Garden

This park straddling the United States-Canadian border has been a symbol of peace since 1932.  

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The International Peace Garden is a park covering more than 2,000 acres located on the border between North Dakota and the province of Manitoba, Canada. It was established on July 14, 1932, to symbolize the peaceful relationship between the two nations. The park lies near the center of the Turtle Mountain plateau, whose climate, topography, wildlife, and natural vegetation differ considerably from the surrounding prairies.

The park features an 18-foot (5.5 meters) floral clock, a 14-bell carillon, and a memorial dedicated to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The memorial contains girders that were salvaged from the destroyed towers. North Dakota began branding itself as the Peace Garden State in 1956, before becoming the official state nickname in 1957.

Know Before You Go

The garden has its own border crossing and can be accessed from either the Manitoba or North Dakota side. It also has its own airport, located on the U.S. side of the border. Don't forget your passport.

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