Hands Across the Border… Saturday, July 20, 2019
Hosted by MBGA, NDGCA and The International Peace Garden
Coordinates: 49 0’16” N 100 4’6” W
WELCOME TO THE INTERNATIONAL PEACE GARDEN!
“The International Peace Garden has helped to celebrate the peace and friendship between the people of Canada and the United States of America for more than 85 years…”
And what a perfect place for a gathering of two international geocaching communities! The Manitoba Geocaching Association, the North Dakota Geocaching Association and The International Peace Garden invite you to join us in “Hands Across the Border” - a geocaching event linking caching friends in two countries inspired by a challenge issued by the “Hands Across the Border” event between BC and Washington state held earlier this year.
July!! The month where both of our countries celebrate all that we love about where we live! With the event nearing, we thought we’d give an update for attendees…
1. Please let us know exactly how many people you are expecting to join us by July 15. Please edit your “Will Attend” log to let us know. We need to know how much to buy as BBQ hotdogs will be provided.
2. Wear your national colours… we will have a mixer and your shirts may make things a bit easier (plus it’ll look great in the photo!)
3. Please add a “tag-line” to your logs on geocaches you find before July 20th. This will help to let others know about the event.
4. Please remember to bring the appropriate serving utensils with the side dish you are bringing.
5. There will be caches released on the day of the event… more fun!
6. We’re trying to be earth-friendly… please bring your own re-usable plates, cutlery and serviettes.
7. July 20th Agenda:
11:00 - Welcome and mixers
12:00 - Time to eat! BBQ Hotdogs provided, you are asked to bring a potluck side or dessert to go with them. Please put your side dishes and serving utensils on the tables
12:30 - Group photo, short video filming and hand in mixer #1 for a draw
12:45 - Draw prizes
1:00 - Time for CITO!
1:30 to 6:00… there will be an ice cream truck in the IPG and will be available for those of you with a sweet tooth!
Geocachers… please bring: A PotLuck side/salad/dessert to go with the BBQ hot dogs ; your own beverages (There are hand pumps in some picnic areas, and a water refill station at the Interpretive Centre), chairs and/or a blanket to sit on.
In order to make this event as green as possible, we are planning a zero-waste lunch. All participants who are coming for lunch are asked to bring their own re-usable plates and cutlery. Please also bring your beverages and any additional food products in reusable containers as much as possible. Paper napkins (100% recycled content) will be provided, but bringing your own reusable napkins would be preferred. The goal will be to have little or no waste left after lunch is done. Thank you for helping making this an earth-friendly event.
We are hoping to place some “international caches” for release on the day of the event to enable people to find caches in two countries on the same day without leaving the country… pretty cool! The IPG are also hoping to release some new caches for the summer so there will be caching fun available in The Gardens.
Entry and Return Requirements/Procedures at the United States and Canadian Border Crossings:
Entry fee: $20 per vehicle. (Per vehicle whether there is one person, or six, still $20 so please car pool, if you can. It will save you money!)
Prior to arriving at the gate entrance to the International Peace Garden, visitors will drive past the USA Port of Entry or the Canadian Port of Entry. You are no longer in either of these two countries. Departing the International Peace Garden, a stop is required at the Port of Entry, of the country you wish to enter. Border Services requires and records identification on all vehicle passengers. A passport (or Nexus card) is the preferred document and expedites the process however, a birth certificate and government issued ID can be used instead of a passport. The International Peace Garden does not mandate the identification requirements. To see a map of entry location: https://www.peacegarden.com/contact/
Camping is available in the Gardens (see website: https://www.peacegarden.com), and also in nearby campgrounds (eg Adam’s, Max and Williams Lakes)
There are picnic areas, playgrounds, hiking trails, and bike paths to explore the 2,339 acres that encompass the IPG.
Credit: International Peace Garden Website: https://www.peacegarden.com
Map of the Peace Gardens: https://www.peacegarden.com/wp-content/uploads/pamphlet-map.jpg