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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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  • The Fort is a beautiful spot located very near downtown Vancouver. This gem of wide open grass along with oak and fir trees is a peaceful place to take a walk, throw a Frisbee or stop in and learn abo...  more »
  • Then Fort Vancouver Historical site is a reminder of times past. There are dates when there are re-enactments and the interactive nature of this makes it more interesting for kids. As you look around ...  more »
  • This was going to be an important part of our trip to Vancouver. We saw the Officers Row and the Fort but could not go inside because it is not open on Sundays. Very odd! Extremely disappointing. Who ...  more »
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  • This area is just a short drive from the bustling shopping areas. Pack a lunch and take a camera; there are lots of small animals and birds! You may even be visited by the local elk herd! No feeding the wildlife! But any pictures you take will remind you of the calm surroundings in the area. I appreciated the level...
  • These guys are great. There are a ton of free activities year round that even the kids will love. Can you really beat free? Truly an asset to the city and the history of the Pacific Northwest. Oh and they shoot cannons.
  • 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.
  • The air museum nearby is free and has cool stuff for kids to do.
  • Great place to go for a quick visit with our National Parks pass.