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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  • I go here weekly to eat at The Eatery at the Grant House. Officers' Row is a beautiful display of Queen Anne and Victorian homes that are occupied by rental residences and businesses set in a grand la...  more »
  • A good place to learn some history! My kids enjoyed the blacksmith who was very informative. Wish some of the other buildings had been open but I'm sure that depends on volunteers.  more »
  • 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 »
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  • This is a great place to visit and learn a little history about where we live. Their are people to help direct you. A great little gift shop. Lots of things to do and learn. Great for kids. I'm glad I took the time to visit.
  • 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!
  • Over all its ok. There is a lot of buildings that have not been rebuilt so it seems empty. A lot of things are not marked and could be to give a more educational experience. Some cement foundations are unmarked. What are/were they? There is safety glass in the tower taking away from the authenticity. Probably a safety necessity though. These all detract from what it could be. There are several cannons that are a nice touch, but no info on them. Authentic? Real? Size? There was one staff member there. She was extremely helpful and even opened a closed building for us to see. Extra star just for that! Overall Fort Nisqually a couple hours drive to the north is a better experience. (It's from the same era).
  • They have all sorts of things to see and do. A very family friendly place to visit. Most areas seem to be wheel chair accessible. The visitor center even has class some weekends.
  • We (my son's boy scout troop) did a service project Saturday. I really like this property. It is a real gem in a nice neighborhood in an urban environment.
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