Know Before You Go
Visitor details and admission prices are subject to change; please check the Fort Vancouver website for current information.
Once home to both fur traders and fighter pilots, Fort Vancouver offers an authentic look at life in the Pacific Northwest through the past 200 years. Located just across the Columbia River from Portland in Vancouver, Wash., the region’s only national historic site is centered around a complete replica of Fort Vancouver, the fur-trading camp founded by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1825.
The fort served as the company’s headquarters west of the Rockies and housed the Northwest’s first hospital, school, sawmill, shipyard and more. Today, visitors can see authentic demonstrations of period blacksmithing, carpentry, gardening, cooking and baking.
Visiting Fort Vancouver
What are the operating hours?
The Fort Vancouver Gardens, the park’s trails and grounds are all open from dawn to dusk.
The Visitor Center and Reconstructed Fort Vancouver are open from Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Pearson Air Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
How much will a visit cost?
The Reconstructed Fort site costs $10 per person, and the receipt is valid for seven days.
Visitors ages 15 years and under are free. All Interagency Passes honored.
Details are subject to change; please check the Fort Vancouver’s website for current information
What is there to do at Fort Vancouver?
Can I bring my pet to Fort Vancouver?
Begin your visit to the 366-acre (148 ha) campus with a stop at the visitor center, where National Park Service staff launch group tours and offer tips on exploring the site on your own. The center’s short introductory film, “One Place Across Time,” also provides great context for enjoying the area’s rich history.
The site includes the Pearson Air Museum, dedicated to the location’s military history, from the establishment of the Vancouver Barracks in 1849 to the shipyards of WWII. Round out your trip with a stroll along Officer’s Row, a stretch of 21 fully restored 19th-century homes or a stroll through Dr. John McLoughlin’s 8-acre (3 ha) garden that fed the fur traders and residents of the Fort.
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