At Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, the history of the Pacific Northwest is told at four unique sites, through four unique stories. Plan on spending at least a few hours in the park, exploring the reconstructed British fur trade fort, historic buildings from the US Army's Vancouver Barracks, the history of aviation at Pearson Air Museum, and walking trails.
Begin your visit by learning about all the park's venues through exhibits and hands-on activities. Watch a short film about the history of the area, peruse the park's bookstore, and enjoy a display of artwork by local American Indian artists.
At Fort Vancouver, discover the site's roots as a British fur trading post, built by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1829. Check in to the Contact Station for information and fee payment.
Pearson Field is one of the nation's oldest operating air fields. Exhibits at Pearson Air Museum highlight early military and civilian aviators here, and the site's World War I Spruce Mill, which produced aviation-grade lumber for Allied planes.
Established in 1849, Vancouver Barracks was the Northwest's first U.S. Army post. Stroll among these historic buildings, which are marked with wayside exhibits interpreting their history. Though the buildings are currently closed, the National Park Service is working with many partners to transform the barracks into a vibrant, public service campus.
Dr. John McLoughlin, the Chief Factor of Fort Vancouver, moved to his home in Oregon City, Oregon, after his retirement in 1845. Free tours of this home - one of the oldest in Oregon - take place on Fridays and Saturdays.
Last updated: September 18, 2020