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Click on the name of each Whatcom County community to learn about the region’s geographical diversity, rich natural resources, and unique historical character.  Let us welcome you in person at one of the county’s many visitor centers and kiosks.

Birch Bay is infused with resort energy – its shallow waters providing an irresistible magnet for sloshers, splashers, and swimmers. Birch Bay has matured into a year-round destination for birding, boarding, and beachwalking.

Birch Bay

Ferndale revels in its pioneer history and much of it is on display at two local parks,  Hovander Homestead Park and Pioneer Park. 


This shopping and dining area on the south side of Bellingham is a National Historic District. A dozen buildings from the 1890s are now renovated and in use as shops and restaurants. It is a compact and enjoyable to walk.

Historic Fairhaven

Lummi Island is a one of the best-kept secrets of the San Juan archipelago. Considerably more accessible than other islands, this pristine, rural gem is less than twenty minutes from Bellingham and a mere 7 minutes by the Whatcom Chief ferry. 

Lummi Island

The town of Lynden reflects its strong Dutch settler influence, boasting tidy neighborhoods, a hint of old-world architecture (including a few windmills), and authentic Dutch cuisine. 


Located on the U.S.- Canadian border, Sumas is a popular and busy crossing point between the two countries. The name Sumas means “land without trees” according to the Cowichan first nation inhabitants of British Columbia.

Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism
Visitor Center Located at I-5 Exit 253 - Check Hours
904 Potter Street, Bellingham, WA 98229
Phone: 360-671-3990

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