Communities

Click on the name of each Whatcom County community to learn about the region’s geographical diversity, rich natural resources, and unique historical character.  Let us welcome you in person at one of the county’s many visitor centers and kiosks.

Bellingham

Bay Street (5)Bellingham was officially incorporated in November 1903, after more than a decade of incremental consolidation of four towns and heated arguments about naming rights. Eventually citizens voted to use Bellingham as the name of the merged city – however the distinct personalities of the pioneer towns of Bellingham (originally centered near Boulevard Park); Whatcom (today’s “Old Town”), Sehome (present day downtown), and Fairhaven (the historic district) lives on.

 

Our friendly staff, volunteers and ambassadors are available to provide information at these locations:

Lighthouse Info Center
904 Potter Street
Bellingham, WA 98229
Phone: 360.671.3990
Fax: 360.647.7873
Hours: 9 am – 5 pm daily
email: tourism@bellingham.org
 
Downtown Info Center
1306 Commercial Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: 360.671.3990
E-mail: tourism@bellingham.org
Hours: Tues-Sat. 11 am – 5 pm (winter hours closes at 3 pm)
 
Bellingham International Airport
4255 Mitchell Way
Bellingham, WA 98226
 
Bellis Fair Mall Information Kiosk (located at the food court)
1 Bellis Fair Parkway
Bellingham, WA 98226
 

Historic Fairhaven

Fairhaven MuralThis shopping and dining area on the south side of Bellingham is a National Historic District. A dozen buildings from the 1890s are now renovated and in use as shops and restaurants. It is a compact and enjoyable to walk.

1106 Harris Ave, #313
Bellingham, WA 98225
Email: ofa@fairhaven.com – See more at: http://www.fairhaven.com/hfa#sthash.k3UmuQtl.dpuf
Fairhaven Visitor Info
1106 Harris Ave, #313
Bellingham, WA 98225
email: hfa@fairhaven.com
 
Bellingham Cruise Terminal
 355 Harris Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225
1106 Harris Ave, #313
Bellingham, WA 98225
Email: ofa@fairhaven.com – See more at: http://www.fairhaven.com/hfa#sthash.k3UmuQtl.dpuf

Blaine

Under the watchful eyes of the iconic Peace Arch, and with Drayton Harbor, Semiahmoo Bay, Boundary Bay and Georgia Strait all visible from town, Blaine holds the distinction as the busiest border crossing between British Columbia and Washington State.

Blaine Visitor Center
728 Peace Portal Drive
Blaine, WA 98230
360.332.4544
email: vic@cityofblaine.com

 

Birch Bay

Birch Bay is infused with resort energy – its shallow waters providing an irresistible magnet for sloshers, splashers, and swimmers. Historically a summer destination, Birch Bay has also matured into a year-round destination for birding, boarding, and beachwalking.

Birch Bay Visitor Center
7900 Birch Bay Drive
Birch Bay, WA 98230
360.371.5004
  email: info@birchbaychamber.com

Ferndale

Ferndale revels in its pioneer history and much of it is on display at two local parks,  Hovander Homestead Park and Pioneer Park. Ferndale sits along the banks of the Nooksack River and hosts many annual events including the Scottish Highland Games.

Ferndale Visitor Center
2007 Cherry Street
Ferndale, WA 98248
360.384.3042

 

Lynden

Credit: Bellingham Whatcom County TourismThe town of Lynden reflects its strong Dutch settler influence, boasting tidy neighborhoods, a hint of old-world architecture (including a few windmills), and authentic Dutch cuisine. Surrounded by fertile farmlands, the area is the largest raspberry producing region in the nation.

Lynden Visitor Center
518 Front Street
Lynden, WA 98264
360.354.5995
email: lynden@lynden.org

 

Lummi Island

Lummi Island ShorelineLummi Island is a one of the best-kept secrets of the San Juan archipelago. Considerably more accessible than other islands, this pristine, rural gem is less than twenty minutes from Bellingham and a mere 7 minutes by the Whatcom Chief ferry. Lummi Island is a peaceful, unspoiled getaway with tranquil beaches and 18 miles of country roads ideal for bike riding, walking or bird watching. Enjoy a spectacularly unique and amazing meal at The Willows while you’re there.

 

 

Mount Baker Foothills

Ruggedly independent mountain towns – including Glacier, Deming, Maple Falls, Acme, and Van Zandt – dot the Mt. Baker foothills. Their history of logging and mining has slowly transformed into a recreation-dominant economy bolstered by the international acclaim of the Mt. Baker Scenic Highway.

Mt Baker Foothills Visitor Center
7509 Mt. Baker Hwy
Maple Falls, WA 98244
360.599.2714
email: info@mtbakerchamber.org

 

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