Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Overview

Fort Vancouver was the administrative headquarters and main supply depot for the Hudson's Bay Company's fur trading operations in the immense Columbia Department. Under the leadership of John McLoughlin, the fort became the center of political, cultural, and commercial activities in the Pacific Northwest. When American immigrants arrived in the Oregon Country during the 1830s and 1840s, Fort Vancouver provided them with essential supplies to begin their new settlements. In 1996, the 366-acre Vancouver National Historic Reserve was established to protect adjacent, historically significant historical areas. It includes Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, as well as Vancouver Barracks, Officers' Row, Pearson Field, The Water Resources Education Center, and portions of the Columbia River waterfront.

The McLoughlin House in Oregon City, Oregon, restored to honor the life and accomplishments of Dr. John McLoughlin, "the Father of Oregon," has recently been turned over for administration by the National Park Service from the McLoughlin Memorial Association, who have been stewards of the house since 1909. The McLoughlin House will be managed by the Superintendent and staff of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

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Activities

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Fort Vancouver NHS, including the McLoughlin House unit in Oregon City, Oregon, is open to the public and offers a variety of programs and exhibits. Fort Vancouver: The park is open to visitors 360 days each year. The park is closed each year on January 1, November 25, and December 24, 25, and 31. The park's operating hours change two times each year when Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins and ends.

McLoughlin House: The McLoughlin House and adjacent Barclay House are open for visitation five days a week, Wednesday through Saturday (from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Sunday (from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.). Tours start at the Barclay House. The houses are closed on major holidays, for nearly two weeks at the end of the calendar year, and during each January. Please contact the park at 503-656-5151 for more information.

Group tours and reservations available, please contact the park for more information.

Directions

Driving: 

Fort Vancouver is located on the north side of the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington. The McLoughlin House unit is located in Oregon City, Oregon. Fort Vancouver and the McLoughlin House are approximately 25 miles apart.

Driving directions to Fort Vancouver
From I-5, take the Mill Plain Boulevard exit (Exit 1-C) and head east. Turn south onto Fort Vancouver Way. At the traffic circle, go east on Evergreen Boulevard and follow signs to the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center. The reconstructed fort site is south of the visitor center - follow the park road that connects the visitor center parking lot to the fort parking lot.

From I-205, go west on Highway 14 about six miles, then take I-5 north. From I-5, take the Mill Plain Boulevard exit (Exit 1-C) and head east. Turn south onto Fort Vancouver Way. At the traffic circle, go east on Evergreen Boulevard and follow signs to the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center (1501 E. Evergreen Blvd.) The reconstructed fort site is south of the visitor center - follow the park road which connects the visitor center parking lot to the fort parking lot.

Parking is available in designated parking lots at the Visitor Center and at the site of the reconstructed fort (1001 E. Fifth St.). During special events, visitors are encouraged to park in public spaces along E. Fifth Street.

Driving Directions to the McLoughlin House
The McLoughlin House is located at 713 Center Street, between 7th and 8th streets, in Oregon City, Oregon. It is less than four blocks east of U.S. Highway 99E and about nine blocks from I-205 (exit 9). Directional signs are located throughout Oregon City.

The house stands in McLoughlin Park, next to the historic home of Dr. Forbes Barclay at 719 Center Street.