As a quiet residential neighborhood with older single-family homes, Cornwall Park has a lot going for it. Located just outside of the urban Bellingham area, it has a mix of both urban and suburban atmospheres and is a great place to live. Recreation, retail, and medical are all close at hand along with a large residential population. Fido won’t find their favorite pet stores in the neighborhood itself, but just about everything else your pup needs can be found there from vet care to grooming spots.
Bellingham climate rarely gets too nasty, but the pineapple express from the southwesterly direction can bring in heavy rains and winds while the arctic air from the Fraser Valley can make winters bitter cold from time to time. Summers are mild and usually a great time to get out and get some exercise and fresh air with your favorite furry friend!
The Terrain in Cornwall Park is mixed, but most of what you will find is gentle hills. For most dog walkers, that is perfect, especially since you can find areas that are ideal if you really want the extra exercise. For the most part, your walk should be on fairly level ground through quiet neighborhoods. The side roads have ample shoulders and sidewalks so feel free to let your inquisitive pup wander a bit. Most of the streets are pretty quiet, so you don't need to worry much about traffic. Your only real concern will be watching out for hot sidewalks during the summer months.
While it does not get really hot in Bellingham, the sidewalks still get hot enough to burn tender feet. There are not always trees lining the roads, so you might consider walking early or taking advantage of the trails on the few days where the sidewalk can be a bit too warm.
You have a few different choices in Cornwall Park if you want to avoid sidewalks and give your dog some natural surfaces to walk on. The first one is Cornwall Park which has a total of 70 acres of trees and grass for your dog to enjoy. There are also trails both inside and those that lead out of the park and into part of the adjacent neighborhoods. Squalicum Creek runs through the park and leads to Bug Lake and Sunset Pond.
To the south is Broadway Park West which is almost entirely grassy with trees lining the perimeter. Your pup will love a chance to roll in the grass and go for a romp!
To the west of the neighborhood is Squalicum Creek Park, notable because it also has a dog park. This fenced-in area is a chance for you to take Fido’s leash off and let them wander around to run and play.