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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  • October 2, 2017
    This place looks like a few old buildings from the road, it is far more than that. It is loaded with history which can be learned from a even a quick visit. It was once a British fort which became Ame...  more »
  • September 29, 2017
    We had the opportunity to bring visiting friends from Germany here while they were visiting us and they found it fascinating. Although the historic site is mostly self-guided, there are excellent doce...  more »
  • September 23, 2017
    Although it is not extensive, this restoration of Fort Vancouver is very well done. The buildings that have been restored were very interesting to see. Volunteers man the trading store, blacksmith sho...  more »
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  • July 7, 2017
    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.
  • June 8, 2017
    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.
  • July 4, 2017
    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.
  • June 21, 2017
    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!
  • May 26, 2017
    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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