On Saturday, May 20, at 10 a.m., Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will host a new “Bark Ranger” walking tour program. This free, ranger-led tour, designed for visitors and their dogs, will discuss the history of dogs at Fort Vancouver and Vancouver Barracks, as well as the overall history of the site. The tour will also highlight how to explore the park safely with pet dogs.
The tour will begin outside of Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. 5th St. The shorter first leg of the tour will cover a distance of about a half-mile on a paved trail with little incline, and will discuss the history of dogs during the site’s Hudson’s Bay Company period. The optional second leg of the tour will cover an additional distance of about three-quarters of a mile with a moderate incline, and will discuss the history of dogs during the U.S. Army period.
You don’t HAVE to bring your dog if you don’t want to, but dogs are welcome on this tour. Dogs on the tour should be friendly with other dogs and people and up-to-date on vaccines. Participants with dogs must bring waste bags, food and water as necessary, and a leash no longer than six feet. In case of inclement weather, this tour may be rescheduled (although it’s predicted to be fair and sunny). Check www.nps.gov/fova, or the park’s Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FortVancouver/) or Twitter pages (@FtVancouverNPS) for updates.
Above image courtesy of the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver