THINGS TO DO IN VANCOUVER
The vibrant city of Vancouver, Washington combines the energy of a metropolitan center with small–town charm, rich history and abundant recreational opportunities. Situated on the north bank of the Columbia River across from Portland, Oregon – 90 miles from the Pacific Coast – Vancouver has a storied past waiting to be discovered. From Fort Vancouver to the spectacular Columbia River Gorge – 30 minutes to our east – you're surrounded by exciting history, culture and natural beauty. Less than two hours away, Mt. Hood and the Cascade Mountain Range beckon adventurers. And if you can pull yourself away from Vancouver's bucolic allure, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument provides an exciting history lesson and an experience that takes your breath away. The Heathman Lodge is your starting and finishing point for all your Northwest adventure!
VANCOUVER ADVENTURE - Vancouver offers 7,000 acres of parkland, including Salmon Creek Park and Esther Short Park, more than 44 miles of hiking and biking trails, and recreational facilities including pools, a tennis/racquetball center, and community centers.
VANCOUVER CULTURE – Vancouver is alive with art, culture and music. The Columbia Arts Center offers a schedule of theatrical productions, dance troupes, art shows, and concerts in a 1911 church. Listed on the National Register of Historic Homes, the 60 seat Slocum House Theater(www.slocumhouse.com) built in 1867 in Esther Short Park stages theater productions year–round. Experience free summer concerts in the Waterworks Park amphitheater in Vancouver.