Make historic Vancouver your new hometown
Portland’s neighbor to the north, Vancouver, WA, offers residents an escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Many Vancouver residents work just across the bridge in Portland. Vancouver recently celebrated its 150th anniversary as an incorporated city. Its rich heritage includes being the birthplace of the Pacific Northwest and an important crossroads for early exploration and trade in the region. Vancouver offers its residents a lively calendar of events, plenty of recreation opportunities, great shopping, and fascinating historic sites.
Vancouver’s Evergreen Public School District is the fourth largest district in Oregon. Teachers here have an average of 13 years’ teaching experience. In addition to quality education, the district encourages environmental sustainability and community service. Learn more at www.evergreenps.org.
The Vancouver Public School District believes in partnership with a student’s home and community. The district uses innovative learning environments to engage students and provide the skills for future success. Teachers here have an average of 11 years’ experience. Learn more at www.vansd.org.
Things to see and do
History buffs will find plenty to get excited about in Vancouver. Explore the Cedar Creek Grist Mill, built in 1876 and still in operation, or take a ride on the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad and travel back in time to the region’s logging days. For modern fun, head to Westfield Vancouver Mall for the latest fashion trends, or take the kids to Big Al’s Family Entertainment Center.
Parks and recreation
From skate parks to state parks, Vancouver is sure to satisfy your need for fun. Outdoor lovers will want to explore the Columbia River Waterfront Trail and Renaissance Park. Head to one of many golf courses, or go for a run on the miles of paved trails around town. If you get rained out, there’s always indoor fun like The Source Climbing Center, bowling at Slider Alley, or skating and hockey at Mt. View Ice Arena.
Food and drink
Sustainable local seafood and artisan meats abound in this foodie paradise. Pair a hand-crafted pizza with a local wine or microbrew at one of many farm-to-fork restaurants. Vancouver does have 5-star restaurants if that’s your style, but you’re more likely to find comfort food in a casual environment. Eat what’s in season and you won’t be disappointed!
Arts and entertainment
Find live music, dance, theater, or comedy to match your style of nightlife in Vancouver. From Irish pubs to beach bars, many local watering holes offer happy hour and late night specials. You might also enjoy a performance by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra or an outdoor concert at the Pavilion at Esther Short Park. A full calendar of events, including a Polynesian festival called Three Days of Aloha, will keep you busy year round.
Get to know more about Vancouver, WA, at www.visitvancouverusa.com.