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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

612 East Reserve Street, Vancouver, WA 98661
+1 360-816-6230
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Ranked #1 of 33 Attractions in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Worth checking once if driving between Seattle and Portland. It's right off the freeway and easy to get to. Didn't realize how much I forgot about the history of this area until speaking with one of the helpful Park Rangers. There is a nice garden outside the fort entrance. The garden considers of food grown from that time period, fur... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

The visitors center was closed while it is being renovated. The temporary visitors center is now at Pearson Air Museum just down the hill. I was not really interested in the air museum so that was disappointing. They do have a film on the history of Fort Vancouver. I believe the permeant visitors center would be much more informative. The... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

I've been going here with my children regularly for over 12 years. Sometimes on our own, with my Girl Scouts or on guided school field trips. Check the website for special event throughout the year such as archaeological digs for kids and lantern tours in the fall. Always a great place to visit.

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

went there today and was just amazing.. the barracks are beautiful. the area was so well cleaned and kepted trimmed. there was people jogging and walking there dogs. the area was very quiet and peaceful for being right off the freeway and by the river.. just moved here and was amazing to go see.. highly recommend for anyone who likes... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Very nice staff, the blacksmith was very informative. Lots of fur trading was done from this area. Not hard to imagine living back then from all the artifacts there.

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St. George, Utah
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14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This a wonderful opportunity to explore the life of those who settled the Pacific Northwest. It sctually dates back to a time before thr Northwest was part of the United States. The fort had been wonderfully recreated with great detail. At scheduled events the fort is inhabited by folks dressed in period costumes and protrailing life in the fort in... More

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Delaware, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Luckily I had checked the website for events and found Campfires and Candlelight going on last night! We arrived shortly before the Fort opened and toured the numerous tents set up representing different eras in military history. The volunteers were definitely knowledgable and made it a pleasant experience. We went into the Fort thereafter and enjoyed entering each of the... More

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Arizona
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Well done! The fort and buildings within were so interesting......we also loved the wonderful English Garden so beautifully maintained ! The old Officer's home are so beautiful......lots of history here with many famous people passing through here!

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is a great way to learn about the history of the Northwest. You can see an extensive reconstruction of the original Hudson's Bay Company outpost, with living quarters, workshops and trading post you can visit. There are also several living history re-enactor events around the year, as well as an active blacksmith forge that all add to the realism.

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San Antonio TX
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6 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is a must do even if you are not a fan of American history. Officers row is excellent with 15 homes all restored from 1860 surrounded by 100 year old trees. We did not tour the Marshall home but I did go into the Grant House and we are going back for lunch tomorrow. Such a beautiful serene setting... More

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