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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

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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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612 E Reserve St, Vancouver, WA 98661-3811
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ft. Vancouver is a great place to visit for both young and old. Better in the summer months when you can roam around the entire fort. Lots of buildings to go into and often with historical reenactors. Furnished chief factors house...Bakery...blacksmith...store bastion and more. Great...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Betty S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit for this seasonal event. It's educational, hands on and authentic. I lived experiencing the fort and the staff who were performing living history. It's a new Tradition!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such spectacular views through a historic part of Vancouver. Great trail. Lots of things to do around the Fort.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jenny S
Reviewed 24 November 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Pr0fess0rSteve
Reviewed 7 November 2018

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.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank dgverbin
Reviewed 4 November 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jeffrey H
Reviewed 19 October 2018

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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Janice K
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dallas S
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 13 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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Pamelia S
26 August 2017|
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Response from RoguePincushion | Reviewed this property |
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
27 July 2017|
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Response from Chulina W | Reviewed this property |
On site is only the Grant House. However, 3 short blocks West, (past the roundabout) will open up a wide variety of restaurants, bistros and pubs that will suit just about any appetite!
15 July 2017|
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Response from mcsimon3 | Reviewed this property |
Not at the Fort but there are several near by. In my opinion, Compass Coffee, a local, privately owned coffee shop,has the best coffee in town. It's on the corner of East 9th Street and Washington St.