Bellingham Outdoors


Cross-country skiing

It rarely snows in Bellingham, but the North Cascades are directly to the east. There are groomed trails within driving distance and all sorts of ungroomed snow!

Downhill skiing


Lots available



There are at least two pools in Bellingham, plus a number of fresh-water and salt-water beaches.

YMCA - Whatcom County YMCA has a nice building in downtown Bellingham, complete with pool and 40 foot climbing wall.

Lakes (Whatcom County Parks)

My wife says that the Vancouver beaches are special because they are warmed by the Japanese Current. In looking for confirmation, all that I could find was that one of them was 'clothing optional'. (the one by UBC, with no lifeguard...)


One of Bellingham's trademark spring events is the Ski-to-Sea.  A 7-leg relay race from high on Mt. Baker to the shores of Bellingham Bay (90 miles, 4000 racers).  Last year, an Alaskan to Bellingham fronted a Texan team for the first ski leg.  Can we have a pure Alaskan team next year?

Boating warrants a separate page

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