The park’s 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 reservation.
Lantern Tour: An Evening at the Fort
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for children 15 years and under.
The “Lantern Tour: An Evening at the Fort” is a wonderful opportunity to experience the reconstructed Hudson’s Bay Company’s Fort Vancouver 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, and enjoy a cup of hot cider at the end of the tour. These tours meet at the entrance gate to the reconstructed Fort Vancouver, 1001 E. Fifth St. All tours start at 7:00 p.m., and will take place on the following dates:
January 7, 2017
January 21, 2017
February 4, 2017
February 18, 2017
“The reconstructed Fort Vancouver in the evening is quite an experience, with candlelit buildings, interpreters in historical costume, and each visitor with their own lantern walking under the night sky,” said Park Guide Justine Hanrahan, program coordinator. “When the sun goes down and the city is quiet, visitors are transported to the 1840’s.”