and restaurants, as well as office space. The
work will enable access from Downtown
Vancouver to 35 acres along the Columbia
River waterfront, which has been blocked for
over 100 years.
Downtown Vancouver’s Esther Short Park
is host to a popular farmers market, with
over 250 vendors on a regular basis, April –
October. The farmers market is the biggest
visitor attraction in Southwest Washington,
and is the second largest farmers market in
the state. Just north of downtown Vancouver
is Uptown Village: a unique, vibrant retail
district that provides residents and visitors
with the flair of urban shopping, with small
Vancouver has two school districts:
Vancouver Public Schools and Evergreen
School District. The Vancouver Public
Schools district covers most of West
Vancouver and has 8 high schools, 9 middle
schools, and 23 elementary schools. The
Evergreen School District covers most of
East Vancouver and has 7 high schools, 6
middle schools and 20 elementary schools.
Vancouver, Washington can sometimes
be confused with the Canadian city of
Vancouver, so residents in the Pacific
Northwest distinguish between the two
cities by referring to the Canadian city as
“Vancouver, B.C.” and the United States city
as “Vancouver, Washington,” or “Vancouver
USA.” Every year, Vancouver USA hosts
some of the largest fireworks displays this
side of the Mississippi, at Fort Vancouver
National Historic Site.
Just 15 minutes from Portland International
Airport (PDX), Washougal is away from the
rushed pace of the city life, yet close enough
to enjoy all that downtown Portland and the
metro region has to offer. The population of
Washougal is over 15,000, and counting.
With easy access to the Columbia River
Gorge (Washougal’s motto is “Gateway to
the Gorge”) and the amenities of urban
living, it’s no surprise that the median sales
price of a Washougal home has risen over
25% over the last couple of years.
A unique feature of Washougal is the Wash-
ougal River, which wends its way through
the city, providing residents with easy access
to Hathaway Park & Boat Launch. Wash-
ougal is home to several recreational areas
and public parks ( 17 city parks), and borders
a National Wildlife Refuge – the 1,049 acre
Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
Located at the confluence of the Washougal
River and the Columbia River, Washougal
residents are provided with excellent oppor-
tunities for fishing, kayaking, and boating.
A distinctive feature of downtown Washougal is Reflection Plaza, which is located at
the center of Washougal’s downtown revitalization. Completed in 2007, the wide-open
space adds to the trendy new downtown
core, and provides a stage for community
activities year round. The City of Washougal hosts a variety of events each year,
including The Riverside Concert Series,
Fourth of July Celebration, International
Film Festival, Pumpkin Party, and Holiday
Celebration. Since 1911, Pendleton Woolen
Mills has run a factory in Washougal that
weaves wool for its clothing.
A recent addition to the city’s amenities is
the SR- 14 Pedestrian Tunnel. This tunnel
provides safe passage from Pendleton Way
to Steamboat Landing, William Clark
Regional Park, and the Steigerwald National
Wildlife Refuge — all connected by a 3. 5
mile long trail along a levee. The tunnel
passage between downtown Washougal
and the Columbia River takes visitors back
into ancient times. With the help of local
students and residents, the City of Washougal created seven hand etched basalt slabs.
The pieces contain ancient petroglyphs
that tell the story of the Columbia River
CONSIDER CLARK COUNTY
No matter what stage of life you are in, Clark County, WA is a great place to raise a family or retire. Just across the Columbia River
from Portland, Oregon, Clark County offers close proximity to coastal beaches, mountains and the Portland International Airport.
Residents are drawn to the area for its mild temperatures, quality schools, award-winning hospitals and living-wage jobs. With
no state income tax, easy access to outdoor recreational activities, and excellent quality of life, SW Washington is one of the top
locations in the Pacific Northwest to live.
Before you buy or build a home in Clark County, it’s wise to examine the market, ask yourself questions and think through your
decisions prior to making a final housing choice. For more information visit www.thinkcampaign.com.
When looking for a new home for you and your family.