Port of Vancouver USA

Port Tours

Get To Know Your Port

Ever been curious about what goes on at the Port of Vancouver USA? Ever wonder how nearly 75,000 Subarus get from ship to land every year? If so, join us for a free port tour. We’re always excited to welcome guests to the port and show our neighbors around.

Guests enjoy a light meal and a slide presentation before boarding a bus for a behind-the-scenes tour of the marine terminals and industrial centers that make the Port of Vancouver a major economic engine in Southwest Washington.

You’ll hear about the port’s history, learn what makes a marine terminal tick and find out how over 7 million metric tons of cargo moves in and out of the port every year. You might even catch a glimpse of giant steel slabs, trains filled with grain and other imports and exports on the move.

Port tours are open to the public by reservation and run in spring and summer. Anyone who wants to learn about how our river system works, how trains and ships move cargo and hear  more about our  industrial tenants should sign up.

All 2023 public port tours are now filled.  However, we do keep a wait list in the event of cancellations.  To get on a wait list, email RSVP@portvanusa.com and indicate which date you are interested in, number in your party and a phone number. 

2023 Public Tour Dates

Thursday, May 11, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm (TOUR DATE FULL)
Wednesday, May 24, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm (TOUR DATE FULL)
Tuesday, June 6, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm (TOUR DATE FULL)
Saturday, June 24, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (TOUR DATE FULL)
Thursday, July 13, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm (TOUR DATE FULL)
Saturday, July 29, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (TOUR DATE FULL)
Wednesday, Aug. 9, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm (TOUR DATE FULL)
Saturday, Aug. 26, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (TOUR DATE FULL)
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm (TOUR DATE FULL)
Saturday, Sept. 23, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (TOUR DATE FULL)

Tours last approximately two hours, and include a light meal and slide presentation about the port, its imports and exports and the importance of our river system.

Reserve Your Spot

Space is limited and tours fill up quickly, so make your reservations as soon as possible. To reserve a spot, call 360-693-3611 or email your name, phone number, desired tour date, and number of guests to rsvp@portvanusa.com. Guests six and older are welcome. We will make every effort to accommodate larger groups on the public tours if we can.

Details and ID Requirements

Tours involve entering secured areas of the port so valid photo identification is required for all participants age 18 and over. Examples include a driver’s license, passport or state-issued identification card.

No photography is allowed on the tours. This includes cameras or cell phones. Port security protocol dictates that no firearms be brought onto port facilities.

Tour dates for 2023 will be announced in the spring. To get on our mailing list for early notification of the schedule email your contact information to rsvp@portvanusa.com.

For questions regarding public tours or to be added to the email notification list, contact Julie Rawls at jrawls@portvanusa.com or 360-693-3611.

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Port of Vancouver USA

3103 NW Lower River Road, Vancouver, WA 98660

PHONE 360-693-3611 FAX 360-735-1565 EMAIL info@portvanusa.com