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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

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Address: 612 East Reserve Street, Vancouver, WA 98661
Phone Number: +1 360-816-6230
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Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Explore the lands and structures at the center of fur trade and military...
Explore the lands and structures at the center of fur trade and military history in the Pacific Northwest. Learn about the diverse cultures who lived and worked here. Enjoy relaxing trails along the Columbia River and Village. Experience costumed programs, hands-on education activities, engaging living history events, creative media and a world-class archaeology collection. Connect to the past.
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A nice window into the history of the area and the Hudson Bay Company. A park ranger shared information about how hard tack (flour and water) biscuits were made and distributed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

A nice window into the history of the area and the Hudson Bay Company. A park ranger shared information about how hard tack (flour and water) biscuits were made and distributed through the territory. The blacksmith was also doing demos the day we visited. Entry fee was $3/person and parking free and plentiful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Parking is easy and a number of things to visit ~ the gardens were well tendered and the grounds and surrounding homes well kept.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 via mobile

We got here about an hour before they closed but we thought it was so very Awesome our son was a bit younger but it still made him happy and we got great shots of him next to almost everything before they closed. Definitely would go again and again and again

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is an excellent example of robust yet accessible history. The tour guides are friendly and knowledgeable, as well as everyone who "works" at the site. It is so interesting to watch the blacksmiths and the carpenters and to interact with them. It really makes history come alive. In the "store" you get to touch beaver... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The Fort is awesome place. It is not fully completed. They have special events check with Fort Vancouver Historical Park Office. July 4th is a bigger event but a newcomer may want to get information of where to park and be aware leaving after the fireworks can entail a traffic jam. Still we have attended for more than 40 years.... More 

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Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

It would have taken many hours of history class and reading and research to learn all the facts and details in the stories we heard yesterday at the Fort Vancouver. I visited with my teen-age children and they are still talking and reviewing their photos and notes: even before we entered the Fort structures we were impressed by the beautifully... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The site is easy to navigate and is loaded with history, If you are around on the 4th of July, they have a magnificent fireworks display. Come early and spread your blankets. Picnic and enjoy the planes taking off and the views at this historical place.

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Vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This place is recreating itself, making the buildings that were built in it's time safe, while presenting it's history to the public. The day we were there was the free day for national parks so we didn't pay the fee. There were all sorts of people in period costumes and games of the era. Fun time

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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is a great place to walk your dog, go for a stroll, or sit down in the grass and think. There aren't many people there, and there is a lot to look at.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I recently visited the fort with a friend and our babies. All of the buildings were open and many had demonstrators in action. It's very easy to take a self-guided tour. After exploring for a bit the babies were able to crawl around in a big grassy area within the fort, then we were able to walk all around the... More 

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