The historic Fort Vancouver was first established in 1825 by the Hudson Bay Company to serve as their trading post and quickly became an important hub for those seeking fortune on America’s Northwest frontier. Nowadays, it encompasses 350 acres with views overlooking both water bodies; The Columbia River along one side, while Hood Canal makes up part of its border facing south eastward toward Washington State – which means that visitors can enjoy plenty more outdoor activities here too.
The first stop on your tour through history should be Fort Vancouver. This reconstruction of the original 18th-century fort houses some fascinating exhibits that provide insight into how we got here today, from Native Americans and European traders alike. And don’t forget about all four unique sites within this historical park – there’s plenty for every visitor to explore (and keeps them coming back).
Fort Vancouver is a must-see on any visit, but if you have time for more than just the garden and museum, explore Officer’s Row, which has been beautifully restored with exhibits that tell an exciting story about life in olden times. There’s also the Pearson Air Museum for those who enjoy aviation, where planes come alive from all eras of history.
Come to this park on the Columbia River for some peace and tranquility. From your spot in front of Mount Rainier, you can see both city lights as well as mountain ranges that make up our unique Pacific Northwest landscape. This space has a military legacy with its recognition not only by being part of one world’s first transpolar flights but also because it houses Fort Stevens, built during World War II – making these grounds very historic indeed.
The iconic Fort Vancouver is a great place to visit. The grounds are alive with authentic cultural demonstrations, like those that happen regularly in our Blacksmith Shop and Bake House. You can even get your hands dirty – or at least make some confetti cake- while we’re baking during one event called “Bake Along.” A number of special programming sessions set this historic site apart from all others: you might catch an interactive workshop on traditional craft techniques such as carpentry or leatherwork; maybe learn how pioneers dealt creatively using what they had available by taking part in live demos (e.g., candle making)? There’s plenty here worth seeing.
Situated at 1501 East Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver, Washington, Fort Vancouver is great for dogs and their owners. The trails are specially designed with your furry friends in mind so that you can explore this historic site together.