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).
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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 must wear face masks during their visit and follow social distancing protocols while visiting the fort. Entrance to the fort may be delayed as we allow for only limited occupancy. You may notice some changes to your visit to the fort. Select buildings within the stockade will be open, and some buildings will only be viewable from their doorway.
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 on Fridays and Saturdays. There is no entrance fee to the Visitor Center.
Visitors must wear face masks during their visit and follow social distancing protocols. Entrance to the Visitor Center may be delayed as we allow for only 10 visitors in this facility at a time.
Learn more about visiting the Visitor Center 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.
We encourage visitors to look out for each other's health and safety. Face masks are required in all federal buildings and federal lands. Masks are also required on NPS-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including narrow or busy trails, overlooks, and historic homes. Learn more here and here.
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:
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Last updated: March 22, 2021