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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...more
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My dad and I are disabled, so I look for great outings for him. Fort Vancouver is a great place to visit. We were able to manage the wheelchair and see all the sites. They have old buildings open with docents who tell you about...More
Fantastic place to take kids to learn the history behind Vancouver WA and the trading post of the area, It was the place to go for hunters and trappers. Lots to see and do there. History is the main idea there.
Lots of volunteers were out, pitched period tents, and showed how life might have been from the Civil war and the Oregon Territory Period. Great fun for families with middle aged children. Toddlers would not find it interesting. As an amateur military historian, I thought...More
This fort is beautiful and interesting, with helpful staff. With the airplane museum which is also part of the complex (planes from WWI, primarily), it made for a perfect 60-90 minute visit before we went to the airport, which is minutes away.
Personally...I love history so anything old and rich with stories is my thing. It was a short visit since I was too broke to pay the entrance fee at the time. I went with a girl there once and now that I think about it,...More
Besides the view of fireworks. You can arrive early and at other times of year to encounter authentic dress, games etc.. happening at the fort. Each person in costume has been trained to give a real "performance" from the time the fort was at it's...More
I would recommend stopping at the Visitor Info Center before visiting the fort. There is a very good 30 minute film that explains the history & restoration of the fort as well as several info signs & artifacts. The original fur trading fort burned down...More
The site has free parking and admission. There are several buildings spread around the grounds. There are helpful rangers in the visitors center. The visitors center has a small gift shop. A good way to spend a couple of hours learning some history.
Very nice exhibits and excellent demonstrations. Have always enjoyed the blacksmith demonstration and the information presented in the trading post is very good. Other exhibits such as the carpentry shop are also very fine. When there, be sure to walk over to the workers' village...More
enjoyed Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Went in the morning. Dogs are not allowed past front gate so took them out for a nice long walk in field next to fort. Lucky we were invited to enjoy a tour group and allowed into more rooms...More
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the whole experience is viewable over the course of an afternoon!! enjoy a tasty brunch nearby in town, then come out here for some learning and fun until it’s time to head back for evening festivities.. the grounds are... More
the whole experience is viewable over the course of an afternoon!! enjoy a tasty brunch nearby in town, then come out here for some learning and fun until it’s time to head back for evening festivities.. the grounds are pretty spread out, so wear comfy walking shoes!!