In one of Bellingham’s most popular neighborhoods named South Hill, you may have a view of Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands, the Canadian Coastal range mountains, Mount Baker, the Cascades and even the Olympics! The neighborhood is well kept and offers a wide range of recreational activities. While you will not find a lot of shopping or essentials for your pup in South Hill, you will find a lot of art and culture and, being on the western edge of Western Washington University, you can also expect to find a lot of college students in the area.
The climate is mild overall and you will be able to walk most of the year. The only things that should stop you are the occasional Pacific storms that can bring in a lot of rain and wind and the rare snowstorm or frigid cold air out of the Fraser Valley. Enjoy summer walking as it is rarely above 90 degrees here!
As a classic suburban neighborhood, you will find that most streets do have sidewalks and some of them have grassy shoulders that make a perfect place for your pup to sniff and explore. Not all of the streets have trees lining them, but those that do make for great shade on the warmest of days. The area does have hills, but because it is built on a ridge, you can often find level or near level ground when walking north to south.
Everyone has different needs and expectations when it comes to hills, so the best way to handle this is to decide what sort of terrain you need and then hop in your car and plot out a nice route! Not only can you keep a close eye on distance and always know how far you are walking, but you can also make sure you do not have too much or too little challenge on your walk.
Boulevard Park is one of the most popular parks in the area. It sits on the bay and includes access to the South Bay Trail which runs south to the Chrysalis Inn and Spa and north to the Central Business District in Bellingham. One of the best things about this trail is that it runs over the water in places, making a great place to visit on a summer day. There is a place for you to grab a bite to eat at the concessions stand and places to sit.
The only other park in the neighborhood is Lowell Park which is little more than a few paths and a lot of trees, but for dog walkers and their trail sniffing companions, that is enough. If you are feeling adventurous, you can head over to the arboretum on the other side of the university campus. They allow dogs and there are lots of things to see!