The influx of white collar jobs has contributed to a thriving Downtown Camas, which
features a unique drive-through downtown
core. The older downtown buildings have
been preserved and are utilized by businesses to make this a busy community
center. Trees and planter areas on this street
make the downtown mall a beautiful and
appealing place to visit and shop.
Downtown Camas and its surrounding parks
play host to a number of community events
throughout the year, such as the Mother’s
Day Plant Fair & Health and Safety Fair,
The CamTown Youth Festival at Crown
Park and Camas Days in July. Residents of
Camas also enjoy downtown’s Boo Bash and
its popular Hometown Holidays event on the
First Friday on December. With a downtown
as accessible and desirable as Camas, it only
makes sense to hold “Camas First Fridays,”
which occur throughout the year on each first
Friday of the month and include art exhibits,
dining, and themed shopping events.
Prune Hill in Camas is an ancient and
dormant volcanic hill which was named
for prune orchards which once inhabited
the hill. This area of Camas has become
a destination for large homes, providing
expansive views of downtown Portland and
surrounding areas, including beautiful views
of Mt. Hood. North of downtown Camas
is Lacamas Lake, which is popular with
hiking, fishing and boating enthusiasts. The
Lacamas Lake area is noted for its unique
and beautiful wild camas lilies.
La Center celebrated the centennial anniversary of incorporation in 2009, and was
originally founded in the 1870’s as a business center and navigational point on the
East Fork Lewis River. La Center is a very
safe small-town, with the lowest crime rate
in Washington State. Residents and visitors
to La Center enjoy plentiful parks and recreational amenities including outstanding
soccer and baseball fields, miles of hiking
and biking trails, outdoor entertainment at
the amphitheater, kayaking or canoeing on
the East Fork Lewis River — all just a short
walk from anywhere in La Center.
The La Center school system offers exceptional education opportunities boasting
small class sizes, highly qualified staff, and
a low employee turnover rate. Continuing
education is readily available at many
well-respected local, regional and state
colleges and universities.
While retaining the small town feel, La
Center is working to expand its small, but
growing, commercial and industrial areas.
Strong family values are reflected in all
aspects of the La Center community.
Ridgefield, Washington is one of the fastest
growing communities in Washington, and
it’s easy to see why over 7,000 residents call
it home. Both long time and new residents
appreciate the strong sense of community,
family friendly atmosphere, and stunning
natural surroundings. Ridgefield was
founded in 1865, and became incorporated
as a city in 1909, and still maintains that
Americana charm, complete with a Main
Street in its downtown core, and a hardware
store on the corner. Ridgefield provides a
respite for those who want to get away from
the big city life, but still close enough to
enjoy it — Portland is only 25 miles away.
With the popularity of Ridgefield comes
growth and development. Clark College is
building a satellite campus in Ridgefield,
which, by 2020 will provide student housing
for some 1,000 students, and the campus
will grow to include up to six buildings. On
the healthcare side, a PeaceHealth facility
may soon be on the horizon.
Outdoor activities are abundant in the area.
There’s a 21-mile long water trail for kayaking or canoeing, miles of woodland trails,
and wildlife watching in the 5,300 acre
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.
Downtown Ridgefield offers walkable shopping in charming shops and boutiques, and
features historic landmarks. Nearby, residents enjoy several wineries and an 18-hole
golf course. The City of Ridgefield prides
Renaissance Trail. Photo courtesy of Visit Vancouver USA