Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

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O V E R V I E W
Facility:Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Description:Nestled snugly today in the Vancouver/Portland metropolitan area and enveloped by its highway, rail, air, and maritime commercial networks, Fort Vancouver is a gem of a park whose story as an economic and cultural center - told, in part, through engaging programs and a world-class archaeology collection - fascinatingly portends that of the modern-day Pacific Northwest. Be sure to ask about the Junior Ranger Program, as well as the Kid's Audio. Lots of live demonstrations, even on weekdays (blacksmith shop, carpentry shop, etc.), and extremely friendly and helpful volunteers on staff.
A D D R E S S
Address 1:612 East Reserve Street
Address 2:
City:Vancouver
State/Province:WA
Zip Code:98661
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:Open 360 days/year. Closing time varies by season, but opens at 9am year round.
Admission:Currently $5/family, but a fee increase has been proposed.
Telephone:(360) 816-6230
Website:Visit Website
R E V I E W S
Moomin, Co-op Member
Very fun! Interesting , and informative.
The staff is friendly.

The Fort is a rebuilding of the Hudson Bay Company Fort, and their are reenact-ors, who are informative.

The Forts Chef Factors House's Kitchen smells delicious, once more they give samples!

There is a Blacksmiths, Doctors, Trading Shop,Chef Factors House, and more.

Outside of the Fort (Still The Fort Vancouver National Historical Trust ) is the Army Barracks, and Historical Houses such as George Marshall's.

The Gift Shop, good gifts, WONDERFUL stick candy!!!!

This is a great field trip!
S. Carpenter, Co-op Member
One of my family favorites! This is a wonderful inexpensive field trip. Call ahead to see when the blacksmith will be in as not all exhibits are open every weekday, and you won't want to miss that one. Bring a picnic and have lunch in the park after touring the fort, then walk down to the new village and across the land bridge to the old apple tree park to make a day of it. The Visitor center gift shop sells some wonderful coloring books of fort life, and also some period games and toys. The Fort itself is very inexpensive to tour at only $3 for an adult, or $5 for a family. Check out their website for brigade encampments and candlelight tours as well.
Erin B, Co-op Member
This was not a planned trip to the Portland area. We found information on sites in the hotel we were staying at and decided to check it out. And let me tell you, the Fort in Vancouver was sooo much fun for my kids. They loved the towers and the museum in the gift shop was excellent! Very informative and my four kids keep asking when we go back again. They loved the art and the "Beaver".

Even being outdoor in the middle of a metro city, you feel as though you are in a time capsule.

P.S. The kids got a kick out of the old toilets.
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