The small Sumas community in Washington is near Bellingham and Lyndon, and was named by the first postmaster for the Sumas First Nation. The name means "land without trees," even though today trees are abundant. This border-town on the Washington-Canadian border operates a busy port of entry 24 hours a day. Take in the sights of the beautiful Sumas River near the eastern edge of town with a walk along the banks with your pup. This dog-friendly community has one veterinarian in town to support your pup when needed, meaning this small town has pups in mind!
When traveling in northwestern Washington, or enroute to Canada, camp in the Sumas RV Park and Campground, just next to the Howard Bowen Park. The campground is rustic, but the necessities are present. Your pooch is welcome throughout the camp on leash and will love a walk in the nearby park. Howard Bowen Park features a baseball diamond and some wide-open space for a frisky round of fetch before heading back to the campground. If camping is not for you or your pup, check out the B & B Border Inn. The B & B is a small hotel that welcomes Fido to stay with you for an extra fee per night.
Stop in at the Edaleen Dairy for some homemade ice cream produced locally in a wide variety of flavors from Blue Bubble Gum to Salted Caramel. Fido is welcome with you at the outdoor tables. Visit Sumas and enjoy the natural beauty of the area today!
Your pup will wag-it-like-he-means-it for a walk at Silver Lake Park. The park is too good not to bring the whole family for a summer camping adventure. The small lake is a wonderful place for a swim on a hot summer’s day or some fun with fish spotting as you walk along to lakeside. The well-maintained system of trails provides many opportunities for snifftastic walks to explore the natural beauty of the area. Nearby Maple Creek Park is a lovely park with a 2.5 mile trail that follows an old railroad track that will take you through forests and grassland, and past several small waterfalls.
This neighborhood in the nearby town of Lynden has dog-friendly eateries that welcome you and your pup at their outdoor tables. After a leashed around your neighborhood or to town, stop in at JoFish Seafood and Grill. This casual restaurant serves a famous Fried Oyster Sandwich and you can start off with some deep-fried Calamari and Tentacles. Check out the Drizzle Olive Oil and Vinegar Tasting Room where you and your pooch will enjoy one of the 17 outdoor tables while you try a variety of regional oils and vinegars. Try their famous Cascade Farm Potatoes that have been roasted in herbs and truffle butter, or try the Mushroom Ravioli.
Lynden City Park, just 12 miles from Sumas in Lyndon, is a perfect place for the whole family. Bring the kids to enjoy the upscale playground areas while you and your pup enjoy some great walking paths. The peaceful trails of the park take you along a babbling creek and through snifftastic forests as you walk. At Bender-Fields Lynden Park there is a one-acre, fenced, off-leash dog park for Fido to run and play with the other dogs. The dog park has two separate exercise areas with water and dog waste disposal bags available. There's also plenty of space for a pawsome leashed walk around the athletic fields. Bring a picnic and stay a while.
When you're travelling through the beautiful Pacific Northwest near Lynden, a short 12-mile distance from Sumas, camp at the Lynden-Bellingham KOA. Your pup is welcome throughout the camp while on leash. You will enjoy exploring one of three fishing ponds as you hike around the edges to spot some fish, or even take a cool dip on a sizzling summer day. Get your pup into one of the paddleboats and enjoy the serenity of the water as you enjoy the beauty of nature. The park has an open grassy area for walking your leashed pup with doggie waste bags available to assure Fido's business is easily managed.
Just under 16 miles from Sumas, you’ll find the Dailey Prairie Natural Area Preserve in Deming. The nature area is a wetland and sphagnum bog near the mountainous area of Mt. Baker. The gated logging road provides easy access and a good pathway for a walk with your pup as you observe the unusual flora of the area, including an old growth forest. Rock climbers also enter the mountainous area along this pathway. The prairie is about a 25-minute walk down the road. The area is not busy, and some off-leash time is possible for your pup. Enjoy the wildlife and visible waterfalls in the hills.