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Vancouver, WA

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Vancouver, Washington, is a beautiful city on the northern bank of the Columbia River. Though it's sometimes overshadowed by its larger neighbor to the south, Portland, Oregon, Vancouver is a happening city in its own right. In 2005, it even earned a spot on Money Magazine's 100 best places to live, an honor that it's proud to prove true. 

Getting Around in Vancouver, WA

Public transportation is a great way to get around Vancouver. The C-TRAN busses and vans take passengers throughout the city. Though there is no light rail service in Vancouver, there are express busses that can whisk Washingtonians across the bridge and into Portland, Oregon, just south of the river. The city is also easy to get around in by bike, and many residents choose this eco-friendly form of transportation rather than their cars, even on drizzly days.

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The average commuter time in Vancouver is:
15 to 19 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 6.43%
  • 12.47%
  • 2.46%

Boating and Watersports

<p>Since it's located right on the northern bank of the Columbia River, boating is a popular pastime in Vancouver. Riverboat tours will take you on relaxing, scenic trips up and down the Columbia Gorge. If you prefer to use your own muscle to travel along Vancouver's waterways, just as Lewis and Clark did when they scouted this area for the first time, canoeing and kayaking along the river are also popular. However you take in the river, it's sure to be a trip to remember. Don't forget to bring an extra memory card for the camera!</p>

Vancouver History

<p>The Canadian Vancouver may be the more famous bearer of the name, but this city in Washington has been going by Vancouver for much longer. In fact, some people have considered renaming the American Vancouver Old Vancouver, just to remind everyone that we had the name first. Others have considered calling the city Fort Vancouver after the fort that's been standing nearby for nearly 200 years. Back in the early 1800s, the Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Vancouver served as a major trading and supply depot, as well as an agricultural center for the Northwest. Run by the British, the fort employed mostly French Canadians and local Chinook Native Americans. Today, visitors to the fort can get a taste of local history by going on self-guided walking tours and taking in the exhibits.</p>