One of the only visitor options for many years, guided tours are now one of many ways to learn about the history of Fort Vancouver and the McLoughlin House. Recently, we've expanded our programming to include a number of additional options to supplement the guided tour. Today, both sites offer several types of tours and other programs to help meet a variety of visitor interests and needs.
Audio Tour - The free foundational guided tour at Fort Vancouver is the Audio Tour. For more information, click here.
Self-Guided Tours - These tours are available for those who prefer touring at their own pace, or have a limited amount of time for a visit. At the McLoughlin House, please phone 503-656-5146 or check in at the Contact Station inside the adjacent Barclay House for more information on self guided tour options. At Fort Vancouver, self-guided tour booklets are for sale for $2 at the bookstore in the Visitor Center and at the Contact Station inside the fort.
Guided House Tours - House Tours guided by docents and staff are available at the McLoughlin House. Please phone (503) 656-5151 and speak to the park guide on duty for more information.
At Fort Vancouver, public introductory talks are offered each day, depending on staffing levels. Please contact the Visitor Center at (360) 816-6230 for the daily schedule of activities.
Group Reservations - At the Fort Vancouver site, self-guided group reservations are no longer necessary for groups of 15 or more visitors. For more information, please click and review the document entitled Questions and Answers for Group Reservations. However, if you are interested in having a large group tour provided for you and company, then you will need to follow the park's Permit Process to determine if your special event/activity fits within the established guidelines.
For information about a group tour at the McLoughlin House, please phone (503) 656-5146 or check in at the Contact Station inside the adjacent Barclay House. You can also click here to download the McLoughlin House School and Group Tour Reservation Form.
For information on school tours and education programs at Fort Vancouver, please click here.
Did You Know?
Did you know that a number of U.S. Army generals served at Fort Vancouver NHS’s Vancouver Barracks early in their careers? The list includes Generals Oliver O. Howard, George C. Marshall, Ulysses S. Grant, George B. McClellan, Phillip Sheridan, William T. Sherman, Omar Bradley and George Pickett. More...