Not quite the heart of Bellingham, Sunnyland is a diverse, vibrant neighborhood that has a little bit of everything. You will find light industrial spaces, commercial areas, high-density housing, government offices, and single-family housing all in this one neighborhood. This area is primarily urban, but in a city like Bellingham, that term is used only loosely. As a seaport at the very north end of Washington state, this city espouses much of what is so wonderful about living in the Pacific Northwest. With access to salt and fresh water, forests, mountains, and so much more, this area is surrounded by some of the most beautiful natural settings still available in the US.
Weather is mild, for the most part, although the area does get Pacific storms that could keep you indoors and cold air out of the Fraser Valley can make periods in the winter quite unpleasant. Still, walking your dog can happen most days of the year.
This neighborhood in Bellingham is fairly flat and you might find a few small hills here and there, but for the most part, you will not encounter any significant elevation changes unless you head to another neighborhood. Most people do not need and prefer no hills when walking. If your dog is overweight or elderly, be sure to match your pace to what they can handle. If your dog is limping, lagging behind, panting excessively even when it is not hot, or shows signs of pain or exhaustion when you get home, you may want to alter your walking routine until they have time to catch up to the speed you'd like to be at.
Walking through Sunnyland is mostly urban and most streets do have sidewalks for walking on. In residential areas especially, you will find trees and grass on the shoulders which makes walking a bit more interesting for your pup.
Bellingham is filled with greenways, none of which are more than about 20 minutes away. There are some great state and county parks to visit that still have a little bit of not-quite-pristine nature to enjoy.
In town, there are also some greenways if you don’t always have time to be adventurous, but the only park in the actual neighborhood is Memorial Park to the northeast. This park has lots of beautiful green grass and trees for your pooch to enjoy as well as a walking path. The Railroad trail also starts here and loops around through a large part of the outskirts of Bellingham until it dead ends at Lake Whatcom. The trail also runs through Whatcom Falls Park which has lots of trails, amazing scenery, and a dog park. It is a few blocks away from Sunnyland, but given all that it has to offer, it's definitely worth the trip.