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Recreation

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here do we begin? The Bellingham Mt. Baker region is blessed with tons of outdoor fun, all within easy reach.Picture of People Riding Bikes From the salt-water bays to the peak of Mt. Baker, where else can you "do it all" in one day? This is an action packed, hold on to your pants kind of place. Try some challenging ice climbing on a glacier flanking "the big white one." Settle into a sleek kayak and paddle around the uncrowded coves along Chuckanut Drive. Go Northwest! - Your Source for Northwest Travel Information.

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Skiing/Snowboarding:

Mt Baker Ski Area Shush down the slopes of a laid-back ski destination Skierthat boasts the most snowfall EVER in a single season. We are talking a world record of 1,140 inches, dude! This is the mountain where snowboarding was virtually invented, but skiers of all skills are welcome and treated like neighbors. For conditions and information call Mt. Baker Ski Area at (360) 734-6771. Looking for trails to cross-country ski or snow shoe? Click here for cross country skiing information. For details on all snow activities check our downloadable Snow Sports (pdf) fact sheet. Check out the Sea To Ski for a new twist on your favorite sport.

Hiking:

Elakah Expeditions - A Kayaking Experience!

Bellingham was named "Trail Town U.S.A." nearly ten years ago by the National Park Service and American Hiking Society. No wonder. We have miles of trails and thousands of stunning views. Come, take a stroll, breathe the air, find your soul. Stop by the Visitor Center at I-5 Exit 253 or the USFS Center in Glacier on State Route 542 for maps and trails to suite any needs.
For more information about our local hiking club go to the Mt. Baker Hiking Club.
The City of Bellingham has a number of excellent PDFs to download of all the trails in the community.

Biking:Bike Riders

Spin the wheels of your imagination and you will find a trail or road to meet your bicycling fantasies. "Mountain Bike" magazine recently rated our region as one of the top ten places to toss the trail dirt. Check our bicycling fact sheet (pdf) for a basic list of routes and trails. Visit - Mt. Baker Bicycle Club


Like to ride? Join us for Bellingham to Bar Harbor, Maine Bicycle Trip!

Golfing:

Get teed off! The Bellingham Mt. Baker region has more public golf courses than any area in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, according to Golf Digest magazine. From the rolling contours of a Scottish-style course to the one of the best civic links in the nation, this region is ideal for a golfing getaway. Check our Golf fact sheet (pdf) for details on the courses.

Horseback riding:

Saddle up and check the options at our Horseback Riding (pdf) fact sheet.

Get wet:Kayak Picture

You want water? We've got it! Rent a sailboat or kayak. Join a charter trip to the stunning San Juan Islands or Victoria. Take an exhilarating raft trip on the Nooksack River. Watch the mighty Orca whales glide majestically in their home waterways. Our friendly tour operators and guides can help. Go to our Charters, Tours & Travel Services for a water-based adventure.

Elakah Expeditions - A Kayaking Experience!
Elakah Expeditions - A Kayaking Experience!

Or check out the local Bellingham Yacht Club.

Fan of fishing:

We have fresh and salt water fishing opportunities year-round. Take a look at our printable fishing (pdf) resource sheet.

For a slower pace:

Mt. Baker Highway (SR 542), Chuckanut Drive(State Route 11) and historic districts offer compelling sightseeing fun.

We're going to the birds:

Northwest Washington is famous for year-round bird watching. See bald eagles feeding on spawning salmon (December-March), shore birds along Blaine's Drayton Harbor or a range of other birds at 15 birding locations in Whatcom County. For a fact sheet on bird sites in the region, take a flight to our bird watching (pdf) fact sheet.