Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Introduction

FORT VANCOUVER NATIONAL HISTORICAL SITE

The London-based Hudson's Bay Company established an extensive fur trading network throughout the Pacific Northwest, utilizing two dozen posts, six ships and about 600 employees during peak seasons. Fort Vancouver was the administrative center and principal supply depot of this "Columbia Department," controlling 700,000 square miles stretching from Russian Alaska to Mexican California, and from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. The Fort became a center of activity and influence, supported by a multicultural village with inhabitants from over 35 different ethnic and tribal groups. The first hospital, school, library, grist mill, saw mill, dairy, shipbuilding and orchard in the region were all centered at Fort Vancouver. 

The park features living history programs, demonstrations, exhibits and archaeology digs that help bring to life the people and stories of the British Hudson's Bay Company's headquarters and main supply depot, as well as the Oregon Trail and the U.S. Army's subsequent post. Visit and explore the premiere historical archaeology site in the Pacific Northwest!

A part of the National Park System since 1948, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is located in the heart of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve. The Reserve brings together a national park, a premier archaeological site, the region's first military post, an international fur trade emporium, the oldest operating airfield, the first designated national historic site west of the Mississippi River, a waterfront trail and an environmental center along with a restored wetlands on the banks of the Columbia River. 

The park is open everyday except for January 1, November 25, and December 24 and 25. Operating hours are 9 a.m.—4 p.m. (October 31, 2005—April 1, 2006) and 9 a.m.—5 p.m. (April 2—October 28, 2006). For more information, contact the park at (360) 696-7655 ext. 10.