Old historic homes, bayside views, walking and biking trails, and the oldest park in the city are just a few of the things besides its people that give the neighborhood of Columbia in Bellingham Washington its very distinct character. The neighborhood extends down to the bay and includes the Bellingham Marina which is a great place to take a stroll on a hot summer day. Most of the businesses in this area exist around the perimeters of the neighborhood, leaving the interior primarily single-family residential areas. There is plenty of food for the hungry walker as well as a few corner stores where you might stop. The neighborhood includes a grooming shop and a vet for various pet needs.
You can enjoy walking in Bellingham most of the year with the exception of the occasional winter storm and the somewhat more frequent Pacific storms. The weather typically stays fairly mild year-round, otherwise.
Most of the terrain changes you will find in Columbia are very mild and perfect for someone that just wants to walk their dog. The only exceptions to this are along the bay on the southern edge and along Squalicum Creek on the western border. Here, you will find hills that might be good to slip into your walk for those who want to exercise.
All of the streets in this neighborhood have nice sidewalks and shoulders that are kept well-maintained and offer a fair amount of grass for your pup to explore. Some areas of the neighborhood also have an abundance of huge, beautiful shade trees which can make walks even more pleasant on hot days. Even in the Pacific Northwest, you have to watch for hot sidewalks when the weather is most likely to be very warm as the risk of burning your pup's sensitive paws is very real.
Columbia is blessed with a number of greenways either in the neighborhood or just outside its boundaries. Peabody Plaza to the north is just a simple triangular patch of grass and trees, but it can be a great place to stop and rest your feet. Just south of there is Lorraine Ellis Park which is no bigger, but the bench and playground under the cover of trees make a tempting target for taking a load off if you have been walking a long way.
Elizabeth Park is the oldest park in Bellingham and is quite a bit larger. There are walking paths there amongst the trees that are begging to be enjoyed.
Right next to the neighborhood to the west is Squalicum Creek Park which is noteworthy, not just because of its size, but also because of the number of trails and the fact that it has a dog park that your pup is sure to enjoy.