Experience Rich History at Vancouver USA's National Park
Published:The ‘New York of the Pacific', as Vancouver USA's Fort Vancouver National Historic Site was once termed, is steeped in colorful history and alive with diverse, year-round events and activities.
As one of the first permanent settlements West of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Vancouver was established as a fur trading post by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1825. Over the years, this vibrant hub was home to French Canadian trappers, US Army soldiers, Hawaiian sailors, and over 35 Native tribes.
Today, visitors discover incredible history through varied activities from cultural demonstrations inside the reconstructed Fort to hands-on, archeological digs for kids. Must-see attractions within the site include the Pearson Air Museum located next to one of the oldest operating airfields in the U.S.; the Vancouver Barracks, first US Army post in the Pacific Northwest; and the stately Victorian-era homes on Officer's Row, including the Grant House, now a popular restaurant featuring seasonal, Northwest cuisine.
Events are featured throughout the year including nationally recognized Lantern Tours complete with living history interpreters; one of the most spectacular fireworks displays on the West coast during Independence Day at Fort Vancouver; and 1860's Vintage Baseball with authentic period costumed players. Plus visitors won't want to miss the festivities at Fort Vancouver on August 27th to celebrate the National Park Service's Centennial!
For more information or to request high-res photos for print or web use, please contact Carrie Schave via email or at 360-750-1553.