During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities. Please read on to learn more about current closures and what is currently available at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (NHS).
Current Operating Hours in Vancouver, Washington
Current Operating Hours in Oregon City, Oregon
Face MasksFace masks are optional at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Washington.
Face masks are optional at the McLoughlin House Unit in Oregon City, Oregon.
The NPS has updated its masking guidance based on the CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels tool, which helps communities decide what prevention steps to take. Masking requirements will vary by park based on local conditions, however masks are still required on all forms of enclosed public transportation. Updates will be posted on individual park websites and in parks to help you plan your visit. In areas CDC identifies as high COVID-19 community level, masks are required for everyone in all NPS buildings, regardless of vaccination status. In most low and medium COVID-19 community level areas, masks are optional, and you are welcome to wear a mask if it makes you more comfortable. Additional details are available at www.nps.gov/coronavirus.
National park facilities are open at 100% capacity.
If you are planning to spend time on the grounds of the national park, for your safety and the safety of others, do the following:
What Can I Do at Fort Vancouver NHS?
Visit Fort VancouverThe reconstructed Fort Vancouver is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm. Learn about the fur trade in the Northwest at this reconstruction of a Hudson's Bay Company fort that was located here from 1829 to 1860.
Visitors can purchase America the Beautiful passes and pay entrance fees at the Contact Station located just inside the fort gates, but if you are interested in a "touchless" option, you can pay entrance fes online! To pay entrance fees to the fort in advance, click here.
Learn more about visiting Fort Vancouver here.
Visit the Fort Vancouver Visitor CenterThe Visitor Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm. The Visitor Center is a great place to begin a visit to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. There, you can talk with a national park ranger, watch a film about the history of Fort Vancouver, and shop at the Friends of Fort Vancouver bookstore. There is no entrance fee to the Visitor Center.
Learn more about visiting the Visitor Center here.
Visit Pearson Air Museum
Pearson Air Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm. Pearson Air Museum is a free museum that tells the story of Pearson Field, one of the nation's oldest continuously operating airfields! See restored and replica aircraft from the 1920s and 30s, and learn about the daring aviators who flew from Pearson Field.
Learn more about visiting Pearson Air Museum here.
Get Outdoors!Fort Vancouver NHS's grounds and trails are a great place to walk, jog, bike, picnic, watch the sun set or rise, and exercise your pets! Grounds and trails are open from dawn to dusk.
Please be advised that powered skateboards and scooters are not allowed at the national park. The use of roller skates, skateboards, roller skis, coasting vehicles, or similar devices are allowed on paved trails where pedestrian traffic is allowed, but are not allowed inside the Fort Vancouver Garden. Read more about what activities are allowed at Fort Vancouver NHS here.
If you are bringing a pet to the national park, please follow our BARK Rules. More information about bringing pets to Fort Vancouver NHS can be found here.
Walking Fort Vancouver's trails is a great way to get exercise and discover our local history! Learn more about trails and outdoor activities at Fort Vancouver NHS here.
See What's GrowingA dedicated team of volunteers has continued to safely care for the Fort Vancouver Garden throughout the pandemic. Stroll the garden paths, see what's growing, and watch for birds, butterflies, and bees! The garden is open from dawn to dusk. Learn more about visiting the Garden here.
If you visit the garden, please stay on paths, do not bring your pets into the garden (service animals are allowed), do not ride bicycles, skateboards or scooters in the garden, and please do not pick produce or flowers.
Support the Friends of Fort VancouverYou can support the Friends of Fort Vancouver, a local nonprofit that supports the educational mission of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, by shopping online on their website or at their store inside the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center.
Good to Know
Learn more about outdoor activities and trails at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
The National Park Service and COVID-19
Learn about the National Park Service's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last updated: September 15, 2022