Outdoor Activities

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Miles of city park trails and for the true mountain biker explore Galbraith Mountain or play at the bike jump park. Contact the Visitors Bureau or a local bike shop for maps and route suggestions.
Fairhaven Bike, 1103 11th St., Bellingham / 360-733-4433 / fairhavenbike.com
Fanatik Bike Company, 1812 N. State St., Bellingham / 360-756-0504 / fanatikbike.com Jack’s Bicycle Center, 1907 Iowa, Bellingham / 360-733-1955 / jacksbicyclecenter.com

BOAT ACTIVITIES - scenic, whale, kayak, fishing (most are seasonal businesses)
Bellingham Bay Community Boating Center - 501 Harris Ave. / 360-714-8891 Next to Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven. Rents kayaks, rowboats, canoes and small sailboats (14-23 foot). Rentals for use in Bellingham Bay / boatingcenter.org
Samish Park - 673 N Lake Samish Dr, Bellingham / 360-733-2362 or 360-733-2900 Non-powered boat rentals on Lake Samish in summer.
Island Mariner, 2621 S Harbor Loop Dr, Bellingham / 360-734-8866 / islandmariner.com
San Juan Cruises, 355 Harris Ave #104, Bellingham / 800-443-4552 / whales.com
Schooner Zodiac, 355 Harris Ave #104, Bellingham / 206-719-7622 / schoonerzodiac.com

Camel Safari 5435 Sand Rd, Bellingham / 800-836-4036 / camelsafari.com Bet you weren’t expecting to see a camel safari on this list.

Clamming / Crabbing
Before harvesting shellfish, call the Shellfish Poisoning (Red Tide) Hotline at 800-562-5632. Crabbing is seasonal and hard-shell clamming is year round. For info, view a WA State Sport Fishing Rules Guide at wdfw.wa.gov or pick up at a license outlet: Bellingham: Yeager’s, LFS Inc., Fred Meyer, Big 5 / Birch Bay: Bay Center Market / Blaine: True Value Hardware.

Disc Golf
Cornwall Park has a 9-basket disc golf course. The tees are located throughout this densely treed park. Maps available at the Bellingham Parks Department in the park or the Visitors Bureau. There is also a course in Vanderyacht Park, Ferndale and in Patterson Park, Lynden.

Farmers’ Markets
/ 360-647-2060 / bellinghamfarmers.org Open-air markets featuring locally produced garden delights, berries, nuts, vegetables, jams, cheese, crafts, local food vendors and entertainment.
Downtown Bellingham Saturdays (April-Dec.)
Historic Fairhaven Wednesdays (June-Sept.)

Go Karts
Miniature World 4620 Birch Bay-Lynden Road, Birch Bay / 360-371-7700 / miniatureworld.org (seasonal) Kidz Karts and racing karts, miniature train ride, petting zoo and miniature golf.
Sumas International Motorsport Academy - SIMA 529 West Front Street, Sumas / 360-988-5104 / simaracing.com A world class go kart track facility featuring kart rentals, kart racing, kart sales and lessons. Birthday parties, bachelor parties and corporate events welcome. Open year round, dawn to dusk, Tuesday-Sunday. Minimum age 12 years old and 5 feet tall.

Lake Padden Golf Course 4882 Samish Way, Bellingham 360-738-7400 / lakepaddengolf.com Is an 18-hole densely treed municipal golf course with a hilly back nine. Recognized as one of the finest municipal golf courses in the Pacific Northwest. This course is carved out of a second growth forest. Restaurant.
Loomis Trail Golf Club (even days for public) 4342 Loomis Trail Rd, Blaine 800-281-7002, 360-332-1725 / www.semiahmoo.com An elite course designed by Graham Cooke ranked in the nation’s “Top 100.” Has the second highest slope rating in the state with fast greens and water on every hole. Lounge/snack bar.
North Bellingham Golf Course 205 W Smith Rd, Bellingham 360-398-8300 / northbellinghamgolf.com Is an 18-hole Scottish-style links course with water and sand throughout. While golfing, enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Baker. Water is on eight of the 18 holes.
Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club (odd days for public) 8720 Semiahmoo Pkwy, Blaine 800-231-4425, 360-371-7015 / www.semiahmoo.com An 18-hole course designed by Arnold Palmer is ranked as one of the best in the northwest. Manicured rolling fairways lead through forests with bunkers surrounding contoured greens and water on 5 holes. Driving range, restaurant/lounge and locker room.
Shuksan Golf Club 1500 E. Axton Road, Bellingham 800-801-8897, 360-398-8888 / shuksangolf.com Shuksan is an open modified links course offering spectacular views. A main feature is the water effect which comes into play on 17 holes. With elevation changes between holes, many opt for a cart. Bar & grill and event meeting space available.

City, county and USFS trails offer a wide variety of hiking opportunities. Bellingham is designated as a “Trails Town USA.” Trails in the county range from waterfront strolls to technical mountain climbs. The Visitors Bureau has a variety of trail lists and/or maps. More detailed information may be obtained through park departments, local outdoor shops, or the USFS office.

Historic Rides
Lake Whatcom Railway Hwy. 9, near Acme / 360-595-2218 / lakewhatcomrailway.com 1 1/2 hour ride on a vintage train. Runs Tuesdays and Saturdays, July & August. Holiday trains celebrate Fall in October, Valentine’s Day, Easter, 4th of July, and Christmas.
“Looking Back on Bellingham Bay” Departs from Squalicum Harbor / 360-778-8930 or 360-734-8866 / orcawatch.com Learn the history of Bellingham during a 2 1/2 sunset cruise on Thurs. evenings in July/August.
Plover Ferry from Blaine Harbor to Semiahmoo Blaine Marina / 360-332-5742 / draytonharbormaritime.org/plover.html Restored historic ferry makes a 12-minute crossing across Drayton Harbor. Accommodates 17 foot-passengers, bicycles and strollers. Summers, Fri-Sun (hourly), donation.

Miniature Golf
Miniature World (seasonal) 4620 Birch Bay-Lynden Road, Birch Bay / 360-371-7700 / miniatureworld.org Kidz Karts and racing karts, miniature train ride, petting zoo and miniature golf.

River Rafting
Pacific NW Float Trips / 866-967-8555, 360-420-4349 / pacificnwfloatrips.com Offers winter Bald Eagle watch trips, mellow Skagit River trips, Class III-IV trips on the Wenatchee River and Zodiac rides through Deception Pass.
RiverRider.com - Offers guide service on many rivers in WA State. Late June -August on the Nooksack River (Class III & IV). 206-448-7238, 800-448-7238

Skateboard Parks
Bellingham - Puget Street by Civic Field / 360-778-7000 Blaine - Corner of 3rd & G Streets, 800-624-3555 (Blaine Visitor Center)

Skiing & Snow Sports
Mount Baker Ski Area 1420 Iowa St, Bellingham (administration) / 360-671-0211; snow report 360-734-6771 / mtbaker.us Highest average annual snowfall in North America! Downhill skiing and snowboarding. 2 quad and 6 double chair lifts. 3-mile cross country loop.

Swimming - Outdoor
Birch Bay beaches - Noted for its shallow and therefore warmer saltwater. Bloedel Donovan Park - Lake swimming (no lifeguard). Lake Padden Park - Lake swimming (no lifeguard). Fairhaven Park and Cornwall Park - Water fountain splash for young children in summer. Samish Lake County Park - Lake swimming (no lifeguard).

Bellingham Parks and Recreation 3424 Meridian Street / 360-778-7000 / cob.org/government/departments/parks Offers approximately 10 outstanding community parks, and many neighborhood parks featuring woods, waterfront, lakes, waterfalls, trails, sports facilities, and play equipment. Pick up a “Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas” map at the Visitors Bureau or Parks Department.
Whatcom County Parks and Recreation 3373 Mt. Baker Highway (headquarters) / 360-733-2900 / co.whatcom.wa.us/parks Offers 10 scenic and educational parks featuring lakes, rivers, woods, marshlands, beaches, trails, and historic landmarks. In addition, there is a shooting range and a historic home used for art exhibits and classes. View brochure on their website.

Go Big Paintball 2149 E Badger Rd, Lynden / 360-318-7637 / gobigpaintballpark.com

Water Life Centers
Bellingham Trout Hatchery Whatcom Falls Park, Bellingham / 360-676-2138 Raises Rainbow Trout and some species of native salmon, which are used to stock sport fishing lakes.
Marine Life Center (Harbor Center at Squalicum Harbor) 1801 Roeder Ave, Bellingham / 360-671-2431 / marinelifecenter.org Watch fish swim around sea stars, urchins, sea cucumbers, and starry flounders in an observation pool. Pick up sea anemones, sea stars, shells, and crabs in the touch pool. View other sea life in smaller aquariums. Education programs available.
Maritime Heritage Park 1600 C St, Bellingham / 360-676-6985 Salmon life-cycle facility and the Environmental Learning Center. Visitors can observe Coho, Chinook and Chum salmon in outdoor rearing tanks and watch their return each fall at the out door fish ladder. Other park highlights include a trail along Whatcom Creek, waterfalls, the “Salmon Woman” totem pole and outdoor amphitheater for community concerts.

Birch Bay Waterslides (seasonal) 4874 Birch Bay-Lynden Road, Birch Bay (I-5 Exit 270) 360-371-7901, 360-371-7500 (recorded info) / birchbaywaterslides.net Features 4 large slides, 60’ hydrodrop speed slide, black hole tube slide, a wide ramp slide.