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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 34 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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Southern California
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352 reviews 352 reviews
85 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

I was shocked at how much I learned at this location, and you cant beat the price $3 for Seven Days (WOW) there were working demos and the people inside this location are a wealth of knowledge. The day we were there the blacksmith, furrier, big house, and carpenter were onsite and they shared the stories of what it would... More

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Bangor, Maine, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This was on a lovely little street called Officers Row. People are there on the weekend in period costume. We did the walk all the way around but the second half was awful...walking under freeway overpasses and by airplane hangars and such...so if you go on the path, start at the gardens and don't go pass the condo complex but... More

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Saint Helens, Oregon, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This was an interesting family attraction. The afternoon we went to Fort Vancouver there were all kinds of activities going on, from blacksmithing to the trading post. It was educational and great for kids, especially being able to climb the lookout tower, to see where the furs were stored and how the different people lived. There is also a nice... More

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Peoria Heights, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We visited Ft Vancouver on our vacation. The Ft. was really easy to find and we're glad we stoped. The fort is manned by vollunteers and they are very informative and are great to talk with. It is well worth visiting.

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Phoenix, AZ
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The park was posted to stay open until 5 but they locked everything up at 3pm. They are minimally staffed. It was of interest and the rebuilt fort in 1948 was authentic looking. It won't take you more than 15 min to walk through.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I visited Fort Vancouver with my 10 yr old granddaughter who thoroughly enjoyed visiting the buildings and learning about the history of the fort. The fort is such a major part of the history of the Pacific Northwest. It's most interesting when there are demonstrations being offered of life during the time of the Hudson's Bay Company's presence.

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North Pole, Alaska
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6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We had so much fun walking through and reading the history that took place there. Gorgeous job with the restoring and sharing and showing. The staff was great. There is a botanical garden that was beautiful. Loved it. We're headed back to check out the apple orchard, and the Airplane Museum.

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Vancouver, Washington
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Many of the buildings were decorated showing how the Fort's inhabitants lived. The historic team was dressed in vintage clothing...fun!

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Berrien Springs, Michigan
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The people working there were very knowledgeable and friendly. Well worth the visit. Spend time in the trading post.

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Yakima Wa.
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The fort is a reconstruction of the Hudson Bay Company town that stood on this spot from 1825. This is real history as verified by over two million artifacts recovered from the area by archeologists since 1947. The National Park Service has done an excellent job of reconstruction, and of interpretation of the site. The fort contains about 15 structures,... More

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