Join us on a late summer walk through Fort Vancouver’s kitchen display garden found just outside the entrance to the fort and open to the public to wander and enjoy. They grow heirloom vegetables (a rutabaga as big as your hand!) fruit trees (lovely looking figs just starting to ripen) and a variety of colorful flowers right out of a crayola box. Wander the garden, listen to the bees doing their thing, and watch vintage bi-planes take off from Pearson Airport next door.
Did you know Pearson Airport is free to visit? Step inside and see some of the aircraft from the earliest days of aviation and learn some history of the region. It is an easy short walk to the Fort. The garden is constantly changing throughout the growing season – you never quite know what you will find, which makes each visit a treat. It is a lovely starting place to go for a walk with so much to see in such a short distance. Free parking in the large parking lot allows you to go for a walk along Officer’s Row, around the many barracks and buildings of Fort Vancouver old military base, through the orchards with apple trees laden with fruit and all so atmospheric with the dry grasses waving in the breeze, cross over the Confluence Bridge walkway which connects the Fort area to the Columbia River as it once was, but now bisected by a railroad line and highway. From the riverbank, you can walk all the way into downtown and see the new waterfront. There is so much to see and it is just perfect on a warm late summer day! Watch a short video tour
All Photos by Dawn Woolcott for USA River Cruises