Situated between Surrey BC and Blaine Washington, the Peace Arch border crossing is the main Canada-US border crossing in British Columbia.
It is also the busiest one west of Windsor Ontario.
BORDER CLOSED TO NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL
Since March 21, 2020, the Canada-US border has been closed to all non-essential travel. Trade and the transportation of commercial goods are not affected, and Canadians returning to Canada can still come home. Tourists wanting to enter Canada or the United States, however, cannot cross the border until further notice (except under certain circumstances).
All essential travelers over the age of 5 must provide proof of a negative COVID test before entering Canada. This includes travelers that have already received the COVID-19 vaccine. The negative COVID test must be taken within 72 hours before crossing the border.
Essential travelers are also required to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine period. Within this 14-day time span, visitors are required to complete two additional COVID swab tests. The first is conducted on their first day in Canada and the second on day 10 of their quarantine.
As of March, the Canada-US agreement to close the border has been extended until at least April 21st in 2021.
To see how attractions, events and municipalities are being affected by the pandemic, see our article about COVID-19 & Vancouver Closures & Cancellations.
The Peace Arch at the Canada-US Border
Located just minutes from White Rock, the Peace Arch border crossing is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Nexus Lanes (i.e., express lanes for special pre-registered and pre-approved Nexus pass holders) are open daily from 7 am until midnight.
Other border crossings between Washington State and the Lower Mainland include the Pacific Highway crossing (not far from the Peace Arch crossing), Aldergrove/Lynden crossing (near Langley, south of the Greater Vancouver Zoo), and Sumas crossing (near Abbotsford).
The Peach Arch, Pacific Highway and Sumas crossings are all open 24 hours a day every day, with Nexus lanes open from 7 am until midnight for the first two, but the Lynden crossing is open daily from just 8 am until midnight.
Built in 1921, the Peach Arch itself is located right on the Canada-US border, between BC’s Highway 99 and Washington State’s Interstate 5 in Peace Arch Park.
For border traffic information, check out the BC/US Border Traveller Information website.
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