Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver

Once the home of an important British fur-trading outpost during the 19th century, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site today features faithful replicas of the original buildings that once spurred trade in the area. The site spreads into both Washington and Oregon, encompassing the fort itself and theĀ former residence of Hudson Bay Co. superintendent John McLoughlin. Explore the grounds to discover the role the park played in the region's development during the colonial era and learn about the interactions between Europeans, Americans, and Native Americans. You'll find that you can access many period-outfitted rooms and facilities both within and outside the wooden walls of the outpost. Stop by the fort's museum to see displays of artifacts and objects of those that lived here, including the U.S. Army soldiers who later called the complex home. Put Fort Vancouver National Historic Site into our Vancouver trip itinerary planning site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The ranger station is not very big but has a nice gift shop, theatre, and art by local native artists. My boys did the junior ranger program which was nice. The fort itself is a beautiful short walk f...  more »
  • very cool and a nice walk. I really enjoy this site. it has allot to offer and the views on a clear day are incrediable  more »
  • My husband and I decided to try the Lantern Tour at Fort Vancouver. It was very well done. Our guide was a park ranger dressed in period clothing and there were several volunteers that performed skits...  more »
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  • We brought our children here for the Campfires & Candlelight Event. It was a great place to entertain or small children. We had a great time learning about the history as well. They had live gun demonstrations, they fired off a cannon, everyone was in. Dress, they had music playing, and lots of fascinating historical artifacts on display. We thought the coolest part was the blacksmith shop. Our children we're very excited to see the blacksmith's shape and mold their metal into various things. It was really cool!
  • Great for walking. Pretty garden. Interesting fort, especially fun when interpreters are there. Excellent gift shop. Eat at Grant House for wonderful food. Low key park, not crowded. Great parking.
  • This and Pearson Airforce Base are really fun to visit. It is helpful to have a car since the base is large and if you are on a time crunch then driving helps. The old fort is awesome with a nice junior ranger. The Air Force junior ranger is really hard and more trivia than connecting to the land. It was all in a single hanger. Definitely going back if I'm in Portland again.
  • We love this place! I have been coming here since I was a small boy. The Fort has been beautifully reconstructed with several buildings to enter and explore. Most days you can find living history demonstrations in the Blacksmith shop and at times the bakery. Bathrooms and parking available. Pearson Air Museum now a part of the National Park service so don't forget to go to the nearby free museum and walk the historic officer's row just north of the visitor center. Junior Ranger program available at both Fort Vancouver and Pearson Air Museum.
  • The fort garden is beautiful and I very merry Christmas enjoyed walking around it. The tour by the ranger was very good when we did that, they knew a lot about the history of the place. It is also a great place to start a walk through Vancouver and all night the river.

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