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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Stride around a 19th-century fort, watch live craft demonstrations and learn about Washington’s trading and military history.

Fort Vancouver National Historic site is one of the most important historical landmarks in Washington. Get a glimpse into the lives of 19th-century pioneers who lived in the area. Walk around the fortifications of the trading post and barracks, which are over 150 years old.

The whole city of Vancouver, Washington, was built around this fort, which was established in 1825. Explore buildings that hark back to the site’s days as a trading post owned by the Hudson Bay Company. Discover the stories of the African-American soldiers who were posted at the fort.

Start your explorations in the visitor center. Interactive exhibits, American Indian artwork and short films help to bring the story of Vancouver to life.

Wander around the reconstructed fort, studying the information panels and displays peppered throughout the site. Watch demonstrations of historic crafts such as blacksmithing and carpentry. Lovingly recreated workshops help give an impression of what life was like for tradespeople living in the fort.

Cover your ears as howitzers and muskets are fired in loud and thrilling arms displays. Historic weapons are rolled out for these exciting demonstrations and are operated by the fort’s knowledgeable and trained staff. Some of these weapons were used in defense of the fort while others were merely ornamental and designed to impress visitors.

Attend events in the grounds of Fort Vancouver. Guided walks, commemorative services and artistic exhibitions all take place in this historic venue. Follow the shaded paths that weave throughout the site, passing traditionally designed farms.

Fort Vancouver is located in the Vancouver National Historic Reserve, which also has several other attractions. Examine vintage plane models in the Pearson Air Museum and see historic homes of Officers’ Row.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is open from Tuesday to Saturday throughout the year. Admission is free for children aged 15 and under. Walk east from Esther Short Park for 20 minutes to reach the fort, which is located in central Vancouver. Tours of the attraction can be booked in advance.

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