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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

In southwestern Washington, in Vancouver


This Columbia River site displays rebuilt structures from the 19th-century fort that was a key fur-trading post in North America. More than 20 Hudson's Bay Company posts in the Northwest shipped their furs here between 1825 and 1860 for shipment overseas. The fort attracted American emigrants newly arrived in the Oregon country and played a significant role in the settlement of the Northwest. The fort was established as a Park Service unit in 1947.



Picnicking, touring fort and blacksmith shop. Facilities: Visitor center (Evergreen Blvd.), reconstructed fort, blacksmith shop, carpenter shop. Gift shop, picnic shelter and tables. Programs & Events: Guided tours or costumed interpreters in buildings. Special presentations (June-Sept., weekends). Queen Victorias Birthday (late May); Brigade Encampment (June); "Founders Day" (Aug. 25); Candlelight Tour (Sept.); Christmas at the Fort (early Dec). Tips & Hints: Go during special events to see the fort at its most vibrant. Go May-Oct. for best weather. Winter is rainy season, spring is school-group season. Busiest May-July, least crowded Dec. and Jan.



Entrance fee: $3 per person or $5 per family (June-Sept.); free (Oct-May). No dogs. No smoking. No food or drink inside fort. Park and visitor center open June-Oct., Mon.-Thurs. 10-6, Fri.-Sun. 10-8; Sept-Memorial Day, weekends 10-4.



From 1-5, exit on Mill Plain Blvd. Go east. Turn right on Fort Vancouver Way and left on Evergreen Blvd. to reach visitor center. Closest airport: Portland, OR (6 mi).



Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (612 E. Reserve St., Vancouver, WA 98661, tel. 360/696-7655 or 800/832-3599). Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (404 E. 15th St., Suite 11, Vancouver, WA 98663, tel. 360/694-2588).