Fort Vancouver
National Historic Site OR, WA

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Park Ranger stands in front of group of visitors, with her back to wooden and red building. Outdoors.

NPS Photo.

Ranger-led programs are offered year-round at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Catch a program in Vancouver, Washington anytime of the year, or at the McLoughlin House Unit in Oregon City from February to mid-December.
 

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Visiting Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Whether you're planning a cross-country road trip or planning a day trip within the Vancouver/Portland Metro Area, we've got the information you need to make the most of your trip. 

 
Park Ranger blows on a bundle of oakum (dried tinder) during a fire starting demonstration.
Ranger-led Programs at Fort Vancouver include guided walks and other demonstrations, like fire starting (above.)

NPS Photo.

Ranger-Led Programs

at the Reconstructed Fort Stockade: Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays
1001 E 5th Street, Vancouver, Washington 98661

Join us on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at Fort Vancouver for Ranger-led programs beginning at 10:00 am. Ranger-led programs give visitors a new perspective on this urban historic site. Programs begin at the Contact Station at the entrance to the reconstructed fort stockade. Learn about the people and events that shaped the Pacific Northwest. Fort Vancouver was the head of the Columbia Department, located at the center of Indigenous trade routes which connected the entirety of the Pacific Northwest with the Columbia River. The events at Fort Vancouver changed the culture and environment of the Pacific Northwest beginning in the 1820s. Learn more about the complex history of Fort Vancouver on a guided program!

 
Park Ranger in foreground walks down a paved path above the Willamette River.
Promenade Tours in Oregon City at 11:00 am on Fridays and Saturdays bring visitors on a paved path along the Willamette River.

NPS Photo.

at the McLoughlin House Unit: Fridays & Saturdays
713 Center Street, Oregon City, Oregon 97045

Guided tours are offered at the McLoughlin House, a unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Oregon City, on Fridays and Saturdays from February to December. These outdoor tours are offered at 10 am, 11 am, 2 pm and 3 pm. The 11:00 am tours are longer walking tours down the 2.2 mile McLoughlin Promenade.

Occupancy at the Barclay House is limited to 7 people at any one time. Occupancy limits will be enforced. Reservations are not required, but you may email e-mail us if you would like to ensure that your group will be able to enter the Barclay House at a specific time and date. Reservations are not required for the outdoor walking tours.

 
Young blonde girl in historic costume dress uses rolling pin on dough.

Living History Demonstrations

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site regularly offers public living history demonstrations. To learn about the living history demonstrations being offered on the date of your visit, call (360) 816-6230.

Demonstrations vary from day to day. Demonstrations may include blacksmithing, carpentry, cooking, sea biscuit baking, fire starting, historic weapon firing, and more. Most demonstrations are volunteer-based and subject to change.
 

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Regional Planning Resources

The Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office provides travel information including places to stay and things to do in the Vancouver area. They can be reached at 360-750-1553 or on the web at www.VisitVancouverUSA.com.

 

Clackamas County Tourism & Cultural Affairs provides travel information including places to stay and things to do in Oregon City and the Mt. Hood area. They can be reached at 1-800-424-3002 or 503-655-8490 or online at https://www.mthoodterritory.com/ .

Last updated: November 20, 2021

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Mailing Address:

612 E Reserve St
Vancouver , WA 98661

Phone:

360 816-6230

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