Cycle Portland, Sightseeing & Kids Friendly Ride, Vancouver Maritime Trail
The rich maritime history of Vancouver is part of the fun of this bike ride. You’ll enjoy views of the Columbia River tucked behind rows of storefronts and condominiums before bike riding to the far end of the trail where the expanse of the river at Marine Park can be seen from the lookout tower and then again at Wintler Community Park from the edge of the shore. You’ll enjoy more of the area’s history bike riding through Fort Vancouver.
Smooth, paved streets and bike/pedestrian paths.
Paved bike/pedestrian paths on most of this ride. Urban streets have low to moderate traffic with bike lanes.
By car, take I-5 to exit 1B in Vancouver, turn left onto E Sixth Street. On-street parking.
By public transportation, from downtown Portland take Bus #6 to Jantzen Beach Transit Center, transfer to Bus #4 Fourth Plain Eastbound to Broadway and Seventh Street.
Food and Drink
Plenty of options for food and drinks at the starting point of the ride in downtown Vancouver. Restrooms available in Esther Short Park, at the parks along the ride, and at the visitor center of Fort Vancouver.
Pearson Air Field Museum is located along the route.
Begin at Propstra Square in Esther Short Park on the corner of W Sixth Avenue and Columbia Street, and bike ride south toward the I-5 Bridge. After bike riding under the railroad trestle you can pick up the wide bike/pedestrian pathway just before reaching the I-5 Bridge. There will be plenty of cyclists and pedestrians along the path, but be particularly careful of the children who especially like to ride their bikes here.
The bike path splits with the wider section continuing straight. Take the right fork to ride behind the buildings along the river. This path is not used frequently and you may have this section completely to yourself. While the area is secluded, it is only one block from the shops along SE Columbia Way. Leave this pathway and return to SE Columbia Way to continue on your journey to Marine Park.
If you do this bike ride on a weekend you’ll find very little traffic as this is an industrial area which is quiet on non-business days. Marine Park has a popular boat launch and a lookout tower. Returning along SE Columbia Way, you’ll access Fort Vancouver via the land bridge to cross the highway. Doing so will take you back in history to the earliest days of Vancouver. Just beyond the fort you’ll find the Pearson Air Museum which is worth a visit. Fort Vancouver has a wonderful, hilly field where you’ll find picnic tables to enjoy a break.
The visitor center at the fort will provide you with plenty of historical information about the area. Continue your ride along shady Officer’s Row where the U.S. Grant House is located. After the roundabout you will find yourself on a busier urban street that takes you back to Columbia Street and your starting point.
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