What’s the number one thing people say after touring the Port of Vancouver USA? It’s this: “I had no idea!” There’s a lot going on at Washington’s third oldest port, and now there are six opportunities to see the port in action this year. These free, two-hour public tours showcase many of the industries that call the port home and provide a taste of the maritime industry and global marketplace. Guests may see massive ships berthed along the waterfront as well as some of the many cargoes handled on the Port of Vancouver’s docks, including steel, grain, minerals and automobiles. Interested? The dates for public tours in 2015 are as follows:
- Saturday, March 7, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, April 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Thursday, May 21, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 17, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Saturday, July 18, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
- Thursday, Aug. 13, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Public tours begin at the administrative building, located at 3103 N.W. Lower River Road in Vancouver. Staff will provide a brief presentation about the port’s 103-year history, current projects and enterprises. After the presentation, guests take a bus ride around the port for an interactive tour of bustling marine terminals and expanding industrial centers.
Government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, is required to attend. Cameras aren’t allowed on marine terminals. Reservations are required and tours fill up quickly. Call the port at 360-693-3611 or e-mail RSVP@portvanusa.com in advance of your selected tour date. For more information about public tours at the Port of Vancouver USA, visit www.portvanusa.com/community/know-your-port.