Coronavirus: couples separated by the Canada-United States border finally kiss at Peace Arch Park


Couples who live on either side of the Canadian and American border can finally kiss at Peace Arch Park.

The park, which spans the border, has been an escape for couples since the reopening of state and provincial parks.

Samantha Balenzano lives in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, her boyfriend Ian Forster lives in Tumwater, Washington.

Forster, who hasn’t been able to kiss his girlfriend since the borders were closed in March, calls the park magical.

“I just went through scenarios of meeting her and holding her in my mind for the past 11 weeks, so being able to actually do it was a dream come true.”

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Balenzano says the wait was worth it.

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“For physical kissing, it feels like it’s our first date again,” she said.

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But they are not the only ones to have found the fault.

Rob Nicoll lives in British Columbia, his wife Wendy Nicoll is from Washington state. Sitting on a blanket in the park on Saturday, Wendy expressed her appreciation for Peace Arch Park.

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“We have been married for 33 years and have never been apart for so long,” she told Global News.

Endlessly aiming to close the border to non-essential travel, couples call it their special place.

Forster says he will come here often to meet Balenzano.

“I immediately bought an annual pass just when I got here, so I’m very happy,” he said.

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