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Fort Canby State Park

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Address: 244 Robert Gray Dr SW, Ilwaco, WA 98624, Ilwaco, WA 98624-9165
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A small view of the past

We have a guest from Finland that we are showing the area and this gave her a small view of the past. The signs were great illustrations of how the fort worked. Perfect location... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 21, 2016
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

It's a shame that this piece of our nation's history has been allowed to fall into such a state of disrepair. This fort has an 80+ year history of defending the Columbia River with specialized troops. Today it can be a dangerous place to visit because of its rundown condition. We did visit it, I took pictures, but we did... More 

Thank RVing_Bikers
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168 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

We have a guest from Finland that we are showing the area and this gave her a small view of the past. The signs were great illustrations of how the fort worked. Perfect location near the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and the Cape Disappointment lighthouse.

Thank AdventureUnlimited01
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

Very interesting. A nice walk around. Educational, was able to teach my kids and show them the various reasons why we have forts near the ocean.

Thank Kimberly T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2016

This place is really cool, and would have been very neat to take our teenagers to visit after dark. Even without our kids with us it was very cool learning about the place and we got some nice pictures to show the kids

Thank Wesley M
Portland, Oregon
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2016

Interesting walk through leftover relic of military and maritime history. Old style homeland security. Fun for kids.

1 Thank sunnyseas42
Okanogan, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2015

Had fun exploring the old fort and guns and walking the road by the historic old houses and buildings. Gorgeous view. I also thought it was interesting that the hiway goes under the state park in a tunnel.

1 Thank Helen223
washington state
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354 reviews
177 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2015

Fort Canby is still part and partial of the renamed Cape Disappointment State Park. It's the setting for the fantastic Lewis and Clark Interpretative Center, too. And, there are two beautiful lighthouses to see as well. Yes, the Fort had fallen into a bit of disrepair and is not as well maintained as nearby Fort Stevens. Yet, it still give... More 

Thank okeedoke
Oregon Coast
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2015

There is one building that we wandered through. There are some displays inside, as well as an informational board outside. There is not a lot here. It was not nearly as interesting to us as Fort Stevens. Since the park department allowed the surrounding trees to grow up, we could not even get the feel for being at an *old... More 

1 Thank half-Brit
Great Falls
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286 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2014

This fort, now a state park, is the source of our cottage in Long Beach. Cottage #10 at the Anchorage Cottages is a 1933 army barracks that was bought from Fort Canby in the 1940's and trucked up the peninsula and placed on the ridge about 1.5 miles north of the current Long Beach. This fort is reminiscent of other... More 

1 Thank James C
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

Visiting the Interpretive Center (after figuring out the cash vs credit card system) we also took a brief look at the Ft Canby Battery. It was nothing like the Ft Stevens Battery we had visited in the morning, but was still interesting and worth a look. The Interpretive Center saved the day There is handicap parking at the base of... More 

1 Thank James H

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