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Lantern Tours of Fort Vancouver & the Barracks
December 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Saturday, repeating until February 17, 2018
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is pleased to announce this season’s dates for our annual Lantern Tours at the national park. The Lantern Tour Series offers attendees an opportunity to view many of the resources of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in a different light—at night, on foot, and by candle lantern! Reservations for all Lantern Tours are required, and payment for the tour must be made at the time of the reservation. The Lantern Tour season runs from October through February each year. Lantern Tour reservations for the upcoming seasons are being accepted now. This season, the park is offering two different types of Lantern Tours: one which explores the reconstructed 19th century Hudson’s Bay Company Fort Vancouver, and another of the U.S. Army’s Vancouver Barracks. Both Lantern Tours meet at the entrance gate to the reconstructed Fort Vancouver, 1001 E. 5th St. All tours start at 7 p.m. Due to program length, these tours are recommended for children ages 10 and over. Reservations are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 15 and under. To make reservations, call the bookstore at the park’s Visitor Center at 360-816-6216.
Lantern Tour: An Evening at the Fort is a wonderful opportunity to experience the reconstructed Hudson’s Bay Company fort at night. As in past years, each adult attending the program will carry their own candle lantern and tour with a park ranger through the reconstructed fort’s Counting House, Fur Store, Chief Factor’s House, Kitchen, and Bake House. In each building, visitors will experience historical vignettes with costumed living history interpreters, including graduates of the park’s Youth Volunteer Programs. Visitors will learn what activities would have occurred during the evening hours at Fort Vancouver. Tours will be offered on the following dates:
- Oct. 28, 2017
- Nov. 25, 2017
- Dec. 16, 2017
- Jan. 27, 2018
- Feb. 17, 2018
Lantern Tour: Walking Vancouver Barracks will take visitors through the grounds of Vancouver Barracks by lantern light, connecting attendees to the national park’s military history through thematic storytelling. These tours will be small in size, and each will feature a specific thematic focus rather than historical vignettes. They will require walking through grass and uneven surfaces at night and in inclement weather, including rain and mud, and therefore, this tour is recommended for visitors with out mobility restrictions. Tours will be offered on the following dates:
- Oct. 21, 2017
- Nov. 18, 2017
- Jan. 20, 2018
- Feb. 3, 2018