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 the 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. PutFort 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.
Fort Vancouver | National Historic Site Reviews
The entire site was closed for the day we visited so we ended up sightseeing mostly from our rental car. In front of the fort was a demonstration garden maintained by NPS volunteers that replicated..... more »
Plan to relax and tour the Fort and the gardens. Folks here are friendly & eager to share. Enjoy a stop at the gift shop as well for local art/authors. Unique souvenirs and gifts. more »
I live close by to this site, and it really is just beautiful! It's great for many reasons, and I usually incorporate it into my daily walk just for the beauty of the park. There is a trail that will take you downtown, or even to the waterfront, and it's always well-kept. There is a place for great Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner along officer's row. There are many learning opportunities in the visitor center, or just by walking the same land as the settlers from long ago and seeing the incredible reconstructed fort, or the many tours and events hosted here by the park service. If you want to picnic, this is your area. If you want to sit under a big, beautiful tree and read, this is your area. Vancouver has an incredible treasure in this park! The only issue would be the amount of people playing Pokemon Go along the walking paths and just standing in the way, but at least they have a beautiful park to do it in - and if that's your jam, then this park is also your area to be. Just be sure to pick up after yourself so we can keep this place just as wonderful.
Not too much happening the day we went. Nice to walk around and there were several places with period dressed reenactments. Very friendly and easy to access for both children and Wheelchair or older people. Educational and several children's classes visiting the weekday we went. Enjoyable but would have liked more sections open. During the summer this is a live museum with period dressed people adding color and education to the experience.
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