Vancouver Things to Do

  • Post Headquarters inserted in McLellan Barracks
    Post Headquarters inserted in McLellan...
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    Sun shining on the Marshall House
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  • Old barracks standing mutely on the Parade Ground
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Most Viewed Things to Do in Vancouver

  • 1. Silver Star Mountain

    Silver Star – 4390 feet high - is the barren peak rising to the northeast of Portland in the southern foothills of the Cascades. The peak can be seen from many areas of Portland though many locals...

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  • 2. VANCOUVER BARRACKS POST HOSPITAL

    The Post Hospital dates back to the early part of the 20th century. There are questions about its future. It sits with its back to the busy I-5, quiet now. The...

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  • 3. CLARK COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL AND NEZ PERCE BENCH

    A small memorial plaza just off the main post road is devoted to the men of Clark County who died fighting in the service of the country. It is not unlike the...

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  • 4. VANCOUVER BARRACKS POST BUILDINGS

    The old post still has a good number of buildings that date back into the periods when the fort was active. Many of the buildings have been sealed up for now....

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  • 5. VANCOUVER BARRACKS PARADE GROUND

    The wide expanse of grass between the Officers' Row to the north and the McClellan Barracks and the Post Headquarters on the south is the form Parade Ground....

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  • 6. PEARSON AIR MUSEUM - SPRUCE SQUADRONS

    When the U.S. entered into WW I the country was woefully unready. The air component was essentially a no show. In order to build up the country's air arm and to...

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  • 7. PEARSON AIRFIELD - CHKALOV MONUMENT

    Charles Lindberg is the most famous American flyer of the interwar era. The most famous Russian pilot was probably Valery Chkalov who in 1937 flew a massive...

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  • 8. PEARSON AIR FIELD

    Lieutenant Alexander Pearson was a local aviator who died in an air race in the early 1920's. he was a graduate of the University of Oregon and had attended...

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  • 9. COUNTING HOUSE - HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY POST

    The Counting House was the financial headquarters for the affairs of the Hudson's Bay Company here at Fort Vancouver. Profits had to be accounted for and it was...

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  • 10. BIG HOUSE - HUDSON'S BAY POST

    The Big House was constructed to awe the natives and to project the power of the Hudson's Bay Company. Cannons were placed in front for similar purposes....

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  • 11. HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY POST

    The main center for the Hudson's Bay Company was moved inland from Fort George - Astoria - in 1825 to here. This spot was closer to the fur action. From here...

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  • 12. HUDSON'S BAY POST BASTION

    It was only in 1845 that the Bastion was built and it really was not done so for defense of the post. The Bastion was built and supplied with cannon to render...

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  • 13. VANCOUVER BARRACKS CEMETERY

    The cemetery for the 162 year old fort is found a mile north of the main military post on the north side of Fourth Plain Blvd just across from the Fort...

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  • 14. MARSHALL HOUSE

    This house dates to 1886. It was built as a replacement for the Howard House for the commanding officer of the Department of the Columbia. General John Gibbon...

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  • 15. HOWARD HOUSE

    The Department of the Columbia was created following the end of the Civil War and it was made up of Oregon, Washington, Alaska and parts of Idaho. In 1874,...

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  • 16. GRANT HOUSE

    The Grant House was built for the Commanding Officer of Camp Columbia in 1849. Constructed of hand-hewn logs – a section on the upper story’s north side can...

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  • 17. VANCOUVER BARRACKS

    The Treaty of Oregon, in 1846, gave the lands south of the 49th parallel to the United States. In response to the Whitman Massacre the following year, the Army...

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  • 18. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

    As part of the national park system, this area of Vancouver was set aside due to the significant historical role it played in the settlement of Oregon and...

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  • 19. Watch Artifact Preservation & Documentation

    There are already tips written about Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, so I won't add too much to them (but you can read my tip about the place elsewhere)....

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  • 20. Frenchman's Bar Park

    Frenchman's Bar Park has a narrow, steeply sloping beach along the Columbia River. There are a number of picnic tables, and a fair part of the park property is...

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  • 21. Pearson Air Museum

    UPDATE: There have been some political turmoil within the Pearson Air Musuem, and there are ongoing negotiations between the museum, the national historic site,...

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  • 22. Frenchman's Bar Trail (horses bike hike)

    Formerly "Vancouver Lake Trail" or multi-use trail.Heading south from the main parking area at Vancouver Lake Park, there is a paved trail for biking and...

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  • 23. Shillapoo Wildlife Area

    On the maps this frequently appears as a "wildlife refuge" but that is not its official name. Insead, its official name from the state of Washington is a...

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  • 24. Vancouver Waterfront Renaissance Trail

    This paved concrete trail runs along part of Vancouver's shore line with the Columbia River. Along this trail there are several restaurants, a new condominium...

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  • 25. Fort Vancouver - National Historic Site

    Check out Fort Vancouver and the Officers row, learn about the Hudson Bay fur trading operation and how the northwest was settled. Get some heritage seeds to...

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