Our Great City of Vancouver Washington

Steeped in history, Vancouver is the oldest city in Washington. Once the largest western outpost of the British Hudson’s Bay Company, where supplies vancouver_washingtonand food were bartered in the 1800s, it was closed in 1860 as Americans took over commerce.

The outpost was later recreated as the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. For more history, check out the Pearson Air Field, the oldest operating airfield in the West, where vintage aircraft are displayed at the Pearson Air Museum.

If adventure is your thing, Vancouver is the perfect base for day trips to the Columbia River Gorge, the breathtakingly beautiful 70-mile river stretch that cuts through the Cascade Mountains, or Mount St. Helens, the site of the famous volcano, both of which offer a slew of outdoor activities. For calmer pastimes, cruise the picturesque river in the Columbia Gorge riverboat, or visit Beacon Rock, the world’s second largest monolith, where a walking trail leads to spectacular panoramic views.

Fun Fact About Vancouver Washington

Our Weather

Vancouver enjoys mild weather with less average annual rainfall than Boston, Washington, D.C. or Atlanta.

Seasons are distinct. Summer temperatures generally climb into the 80s. Winter nights rarely fall below 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

Our moderate climate results in lush forests and abundant foliage. Springtime explodes with blossoming trees and shrubs.

Average annual rainfall: 41.3 inches
Average annual snowfall: 6.5 inches
Growing season: 218 days

Cool Facts

Population: 164,500 as of April 1, 2013.vancouver_washington

City Incorporated: January 23, 1857

City Charter Adopted: February 20, 1952

Government: Council/Manager

Vancouver City Hall:  415 W. 6th Street, Vancouver, WA 98660

Area: 48.708 square miles (as of May 2014)

Elevation: 150 – 290 feet

Latitude: 45° 37′ 32.358″ N Longitude: 122° 40′ 31.7994″ (Measured at City Hall, 415 W. 6th St.)

City’s Namesake: Captain George Vancouver – British sailor/explorer (1758/1798)

Our River

The Columbia River makes Vancouver a great place to work, live and play. It connects us and sustains us. Our river provides fantastic recreation opportunities and helps nurture wildlife, evergreen forests, agriculture, neighborhoods and businesses.

Columbia River Facts
  • It is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America, and the fourth largest river in the United States, by volume
  • The headwaters rise in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada
  • It is 1,243 miles long
  • More than 10 different Native American tribes live along the U.S. stretch of the river, including the Coeur d’Alene, Yakama, Nez Perce, Palus, Umatilla, Cowlitz and Chinook