Vancouver, Washington information and attractions. The Columbian’s Events Page has the latest. Vancouver’s walkable downtown features retail shops, restaurants, art galleries, Esther Short Park, which hosts 30 summertime concerts.
Vancouver’s Community & Economic Development Department says the SW Washington region is home to software companies, printer and tablet manufacturers, audio and optoelectronics firms in the high tech sector.
The Port of Vancouver USA is an economic engine for Southwest Washington. Port of Vancouver exports were up 3.8% in 2015. Grain – wheat, corn and soybeans – continues to be the port’s largest export by volume. Grain overall increased by 6.4% to 4.56 million tons. While wheat exports saw a slight decrease, corn exports increased by 19.5% and soybean exports grew by 58.6%. United Grain is one of the leading wheat export companies in the Pacific Northwest.
The Port manages about 2,100 acres of public property, including 58 acres of shovel ready industrial land at the Centennial Industrial Park project and 10 acres near the Red Lion, including Terminal 1 that is adjoining Grammor Development’s 35 acres for the Vancouver Waterfront project.
Washington Trails Association’s free mobile app now makes it easier for hikers to get out and give back to trails. Vancouver Trails include family hikes such as Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Lacamas Park trail and Columbia Springs Hike, all near Vancouver.
July’s Cruisin’ the Gut is an all day party of classic 50s and 60s cars in downtown Vancouver while The Columbia River Concours d’Elégance is held every August in Officer’s Row. Other annual events include the big 4th of July Fireworks display and the Christmas Ships.
The Fort Vancouver Historic Site and Pearson Airfield and Museum are near the Columbia River where you can jog or pedal along the Waterfront Park and enjoy stunning views of Mt. Hood while relaxing on the sandy shore.
Pearson Field is one of the oldest operating airfields in the US. It’s located directly east of I-5 and just north of Highway 14 and the Columbia River.
Climb into the cockpits of vintage aircraft, and get a pilot’s-eye view of the controls. The Young Eagles Program of EAA Chapter 105 hosts free airplane rides for youth, ages 8 through 17. Lots of aviation-related activities go on inside the Pearson Field Education Center hangar.
- City of Vancouver
- Vancouver USA (Wikipedia)
- The Vancouver Columbian
- Port of Vancouver USA
- Columbia River Economic Development Council
- Clark County Natural Resource Council
- Vancouver Online Maps
- Visit Vancouver.com
- Esther Short Park
- Vancouver Farmer’s Market
- Fort Vancouver National Park
- Ft Vancouver Marshall House
- Pearson Air Museum
The nonprofit Fort Vancouver National Trust had operated the Pearson Air Museum in partnership with the Park Service and the city of Vancouver, but the relationship unraveled in 2013 following disagreements about what activities were suitable for the site. In response the Trust removed all privately owned artifacts from the museum (except for two aircraft that were too fragile to move). Today the National Park Service is administrating the Air museum.
- Vancouver City Halls Audio Tour
- Downtown Vancouver’s Top Attractions
- Vancouver Webcams
- Vancouver Parks and Trails
- Battle Ground Lake
- Vancouver Lake
- Vancouver Lake Park
- Frenchman’s Bar Park
- City of Ridgefield
- Vancouver Bike Maps
- Bike Clark County
- Gorge Translink
- WSU Vancouver
- Clark County
- City of Camas
- Port of Camas
- JT Marine
- Hi-Tech Metal Fab
- Vancouver: State of the City 2013
- Two Rivers Heritage Museum
- City of Battle Ground
- City of Washougal
- Washougal Waterfront Vision Plan
- Experience Washington
- Skamania County
- White Salmon
- Beacon Rock State Park
- Columbia River Gorge
- The Columbia River – A Photographic Journey
- Center for Columbia River History
- Gorge Recreation