In 1792,the year of the first discovery by non-natives, British Lt. William Broughton sailed along the legendary “Great River of the West,” the Columbia River. He named a point along the river after his commander, Capt. George Vancouver. In 1806, Lewis and Clark camped near Vancouver’s waterfront on their western expedition. Meriwether Lewis said the are was “the only desired situation for settlement west of the Rocky Mountains.” Eventually incorporated in 1857, Vancouver is the oldest city in the state of Washington. It has a population of 161,791 according to the 2010 U.S. Census, which puts it at the fourth largest city in the state. It is also the Clark County seat.

The city of Vancouver determined in 1997 to redevelop a large part of the downtown area. Starting with the construction of condominiums around Esther Short park and the Uptown Village neighborhood in the early 2000s, the has included a new shopping complex, a new Hilton hotel, and other planned projects such as the Library Square and the Columbia river crossing, a 10-lane bridge transit from the Jantzen Beach to the downtown areas.

A little about the Vancouver climate

Vancouver’s climate is reminiscent to that of its northern neighbor, Portland, Oregon. Freezing temperatures are common, though heavy snowfall is rare. However, the area does frequently see what is referred to as “silver thaw” storms in which freezing rain hardens on power lines and tree limbs.

A great place to live…

Vancouver is home to a variety of architecture, which includes Victorian homes, wartime tract housing, ranch-style houses, rural homes in the outer ring, and craftsman bungalows. It also possesses the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, formerly the largest outpost in the West of the British Hudson’s Bay Company, the Pearson Air Field, the oldest western airfield currently in operation, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places’ list of a “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” in 2003.