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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver

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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. Plan to visit Fort Vancouver National Historic Site during your Vancouver vacation using our convenient Vancouver itinerary planner.
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  • Time and time again, I'm drawn to our very own National Park here in Vancouver, Washington, and every time I go, I learn something new. On this visit, I was lucky enough to have every building open to...  more »
  • This is beautiful & safe place to walk or run in the mornings and to visit during the day. There is a beautiful editable garden with cultivars from the period.  more »
  • Fort Vancouver was much more extensive than I had thought. I have been coming to Vancouver for over 35 years and never visited it. Officer's Row and the WWI and WWII history of the Fort were very inte...  more »
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  • This place has a very diverse and deep history. There is a lot to see and do at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site for all ages. The fort ($5 entry for adults) has been recreated to tell the story of the origins of western development in the Pacific Northwest through the Hudson's Bay Company. The Pearson Air Museum (free for all ages) houses planes representing early manned flights in Portland and Vancouver, and the Pearson Air Field is one of the oldest continuously operating air fields in the United States. Junior Ranger programs invite kids to learn about the historic site through fun activities. Special programs and tours are held throughout the year. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is operated by the National Park Service. They are open on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9am to 5pm.
  • Amazing reenactments of authentic cooks, blacksmiths, carpenters and traders. We had a chance to see a blacksmith working on a knife, and the cook preparing chicken fricassee at a hearth in old cast iron pots, which were made by the blacksmith. All volunteers are very knowledgeable and encourage questions. Well worth a visit.
  • So lovely on a warm afternoon. Stroll the garden, view the Magnificent trees.....ancient history. Enjoy a meal with U. S. Grant at the Eatery. We must treasure and preserve these places forevermore.
  • This is a very good place to learn about history. My kids loved it and they received a badge after returning to the ranger answering his question. People are very knowledgeable about those times and this place is close to the Pearson air museum!
  • Very pretty place to get out and enjoy at your leisure. You can even drive around and look or walk. Some of those gorgeous antebellum homes are now businesses but still amazing to see.

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