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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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  • It was a cold and rainy day, and we walked around and decided that we need to come back in warmer weather. The military post is nicely preserved and we really enjoyed our lunch at The Grant House. We ...  more »
  • Fort Vancouver was one of the first major settlements on the West Coast and the Pacific Northwest. It is also a historic site that includes a military base with a pre-Civil War Officers row. General U...  more »
  • I have found that I am more interested in history than I was in my youth. The Lantern Tour at the Fort was very informative and they did a good job of telling us about what life was like when the Fort...  more »
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  • I have walked Officers Row, and wondered in and around the old hospital. But never have I been inside the actual Fort. What a gem! So cool. Blacksmith shop, and buildings with information inside. Neat views too from the tower. Look to spend about an hour wondering around. Planes near by at Pearson fun to watch too.
  • What can I say? A real national park right in the middle of town?! šŸ˜ƒ so many cool historic buildings! Officers row is beautiful. At Christmas time it's all lit up in lights and garlands. On a summers day, great to take a detour from the drive home under the shade of the tree lined row and have the fresh smell of summer evening in the air.
  • Really cool look into the early days of the northwest. I have great memories of going here on field trips as well as recent fourth of july celebrations. Highly recommended!
  • If you're driving through Portland this is a must-see for any PNW History buff. I love feeling like I'm back in the 19th century, imagining a world less developed, clogged and dirty. It's a trip to check out what used to be and see this gem. Make sure you locate Officers Row! It's absolutely stunning.
  • I go here often for walks and picnics. The grounds are well maintained and there are views of the river and Portland hills. A beautiful historic place from a different time and well worth a visit. Great place in the area for romantic walks.