Whatcom County consists of 2,120 square miles and is located in the northwest corner of Washington overlooking Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands. The largest city and county seat is Bellingham. Other major towns are Ferndale, Lynden, and Blaine. With a total county population of 201,140, Whatcom County is a growing area with a small town feel. Situated between two of North America’s most dynamic cities - Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver, British Columbia - Whatcom County serves as a major connection to Alaska, the San Juan Islands, Canada’s Gulf Islands, and the Mount Baker/Snoqualmie National Forests.
Located along the shore of Bellingham Bay with Mount Baker as its backdrop, Bellingham is a picturesque city with much to offer its residents. From kayaking in the Bay to hiking on Chuckanut Mountain, residents and visitors to the area are never at a loss of things to do to keep them busy. Bellingham has an array of neighborhoods ranging from the old town feel of the historic Fairhaven District and Downtown to the newer developments and neighborhoods such as Parkhurst and Samish Highlands. Bellingham is also home to Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College and Bellingham Technical College, all of which are wonderful resources for higher education and employment.Whatcom County is a very diverse area containing the cities of Bellingham, Ferndale, Blaine, Birch Bay, Lynden and many smaller communities. The county is full of natural beauty including Mount Baker and the waters of the Puget Sound.
Blaine is home to the Peace Arch, a gleaming white 67-foot symbol of the friendly relations between Canada and the United States. Blaine’s close proximity to the Canadian border, along with its picturesque setting and newly renovated Drayton Harbor, make for a fun day trip or leisurely stop on the way to Canada. Across the harbor, Semiahmoo Spit is a popular resort area with 200-room Resort Semiahmoo, marina, and a world-class 18 hole Arnold Palmer golf course. Summer weekends offer trips on the historic Plover, a foot ferry that carries visitors across Drayton Harbor to the Resort Semiahmoo.
Nestled along the sandy beaches and salt water you find Birch Bay. Enjoy all that Birch Bay has to offer from the shallow warm waters to wade in, to the lovely views of the sunsets. Not matter what your adventure you are sure to love Birch Bay!
Ferndale is just 10 miles north of Bellingham on I-5 (Exit 262). Framed by the Nooksack River, Ferndale often seems smiled upon by omnipresent Mt. Baker to the east. Popular destinations are Hovander & Pioneer Park, Lake Terrell Wildlife Center, and the boardwalk & fragrance garden of Tennant Lake.Ferndale is also home to many services and an ever growing business district just off of Interstate 5.
This island community is just a 10 minute ferry ride off the coast with a laid back lifestyle and wonderful views from all angles. Mt Baker, Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands, Canadian Gulf Islands—you can see them all from here. Enjoy the peace & quiet...and a world class restaurant at The Willows
The work and tradition of the Dutch settlers are alive and thriving in the town of Lynden. Located on State Highway 539, this delightful farming community greets visitors to their downtown area with a windmill and rows of shops sprinkled with Dutch architecture on the main street. Extensive building in the 2000s resulted in lovely newer neighborhoods in addition to the tidy craftsman traditional homes Lynden is home to the NW Washington Fair.
Sudden Valley is a planned community located about 10 minutes outside the Bellingham city limits. Originally developed in the 1970's, today Sudden Valley is beaming with life.
Sandy Point is a waterfront community located on a peninsula about 15 minutes north of Bellingham and east of Ferndale. With incredible views of the San Juan Islands, the Straight of Georgia to the West and even Mt. Baker and the Twin Sisters to the East, its difficult not to want to call this lovely community home.