We invite you to experience the sights of walkable, livable downtown Vancouver USA.
Here are some suggestions from our local friends:
Esther Short Park
Your adventure begins at Esther Short Park, the city’s outdoor living room. This five-acre paradise has everything — paved walkways, towering trees, open lawn areas, rose garden, pavilion, clock tower, gazebo, play area, water feature, benches and restrooms. With mild Northwest summers, the park hosts 30 summer concerts and a multitude of public and private gatherings.
Platted in 1853, Esther Short Park is the oldest public square in Washington. The park was donated by Short, whose family was the first non-native family to settle here in 1846. A stature honoring the Mother Pioneer is located at the park’s north side. Esther Short Park received a face lift in the 1990’s, culminated by the addition of a 69-foot Salmon Run Bell Tower donated by Burgerville founders George and Carolyn Propstra.
Vancouver Community Library
When you’re ready for an indoor experience, check out the stunning five-story Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., for people of all ages. This state-of-the-art center will challenge any stereotype you have about a library. Opened in 2011, just one-fourth of its 83,000 square feet is dedicated to books. It has an expansive early learning center, teen-dedicated space, outdoor
rooftop terrace overlooking the Columbia River, meeting space, wireless internet,
used book store and a locally-owned Thatcher’s Coffee shop.
Experience Pacific Northwest nature and culture first-hand at Waterfront Park, 115 SE Columbia Way, along the Columbia River east of the I-5 bridge. Enjoy spectacular views of the magnificent Columbia River and Cascade mountain range. Waterfront Park serves as the Renaissance Trail head, a five-mile hard surface path along the Columbia River shoreline. Its wide path is perfect for jogging, walking or cycling. Apiarists have recorded 50 species of birds along this pet-friendly trail.
A plaza dedicated to the five tribes of Chinook nation featuring a bronze statue of Ilchee, a Native Indian chief’s industrious daughter who taught Hudson’s Bay Company staff how to canoe in the Columbia. Experience the innovative Land Bridge designed by famed architect Maya Lin. See the viewing tower at Kaiser Shipyards, Captain Vancouver monument, Water Resources Education Center, and the state’s oldest apple tree.
Discover movie-viewing the classic way at the single-screen Art Deco-inspired Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St. The 340-seat escape features wide seats, spacious legroom and a modern upstairs bar. Modernized in 2011 for its 75th birthday, the downtown icon hosts independent and art-house
films, live music performances, film festivals and private events. Unlike big box cinemas, this theatre features the charm, character and intimacy that ushered in the pre-television movie era in America.
The Source Climbing Center
Learn the ropes at The Source Climbing Center, 1118 Main St. Vancouver’s fully-dedicated indoor climbing facility features more than 6,000 square feet of climbing surface ranging from novice to expert. Climb 50 routes to the 36-foot height. New climbers begin with Climb On courses while pros enjoy auto-belay climbing. You can start with a one-day package and rent all the gear on-site.