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Updated air section to include the new Delta service to Bellingham.


I separated some of the content into subsections. Seemed to make sense, but they still don't fit the style guide, which seems restrictive. Feel free to come up with better titles.Rik 20:02, 11 February 2008 (EST)

Hi, Rik, welcome to Wikitravel! I reverted to the headings to the version of 09:39, 2008 January 26 by User: The headings seem to me to be in line with the Wikitravel:Manual of Style in the Jan 26th version. The changes on Feb 11th took them further away, not closer, to the proper style. I've had good luck working within the Wikitravel:Article templates. If you have a hard time figuring out how to work within them, consider consulting Wikitravel:Where you can stick it, or post the specific entry which is give problems, and see what suggestions you get. JimDeLaHunt 17:48, 12 February 2008 (EST)


Added a few features, including a map to the visitor center (Mapquest, best I could get), fixed a glitch for the URL for the tourism office and added the Downtown Bellingham Association web site.

Thanks for these improvements! JimDeLaHunt 14:13, 9 March 2006 (EST)

Added links, background information and an image (apologies on the placement...still learning). I realize some of my entries may be redundant so I will probably return to edit another time. Also, in the Do section I removed Baker's Breakfast Cookies Race as they have had to discontinue the event. Nwdude 14:40, 13 April 2006 (PST)


The following text appears to have been added from either [1] or [2] and is thus not compatible with Wikitravel:Copyleft. In addition, the information (if it can be used here) should be added under "Understand" - see Wikitravel:Where you can stick it.

Whatcom Falls[edit]

Listen to the trickling waters or just "dive right into" Whatcom Falls. Whatcom Falls is a 60 foot drop into prestine water that flows from Lake Whatcom. Whatcom Falls is a neighborhood, park and stream of flowing water. Either way this area is filled with people enjoying the parks atmosphere. Whether it be a fisherman, free diver, jogger, in the neighborhood or swinging a tennis racket, Whatcom Falls has it all. Known as one of Bellingham's finest urban parks, Whatcom Falls creates an environment thats untouchable. The whirlpool, a place where water adventurers dive from a 60 foot cliff brings excitment to the fearless. This waterfall can be dangerous, therefore "JUMP AT YOUR OWN RISK."


Chalk Art Festival[edit]

Mt. Baker Blues Festival[edit]

Deming Logging Show[edit]

True/False Film Festival[edit]

Scottich Highland Games[edit]


  • Bellingham is listed as one of the best college towns in the United States to retire in the book, "Choose A College Town for Retirement,"(1999)

No trendy oxygen bars will be in demand in Bellingham, Washington anytime soon. For the third consecutive year, the city of Bellingham is recognized for having the least amount of ozone pollution in the country by the American Lung Association’s (ALA) State of the Air 2002 Report.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ozone pollution is formed when pollutants emitted by cars, power plants and other sources react chemically in the presence of sunlight. Ozone is a powerful respiratory irritant and major contributor to health problems such as asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The ALA found that more than 142 million Americans live in areas where the air they breathe puts them at risk for these types of health problems.

Los Angeles, Washington D.C and New York consistently rate among the most ozone-polluted cities. Bellingham rates the lowest alongside other cities such as Fargo, Flagstaff and Honolulu.

  • Bellingham was picked by Fortune Magazine (Nov. 1996) as the "Best city to balance work and family life."
  • Numerous spots around Bellingham/Whatcom County have been listed as the "Best Places to Kiss in the N.W.," including Schnauzer Crossing Bed and Breakfast and Chuckanut Drive.
  • No fewer than four national magazines have singled Bellingham out as one of the country's best small towns to visit and live. Magazines and publications include "Reader's Digest," "Swing Magazine, " "Money (1990)," "Sunset" and "Rand McNally (1987)."
  • Mount Baker has been voted numerous times as one of the best places to snowboard, by such publications as Snow Country Magazine and Northwest Travel Magazine.
  • Nooksack River has been listed as one of the most challenging rivers to raft in Washington, attracting thousands of experienced rafters each year. (Bellingham Herald, July 15, 1996)
  • The Bellingham/Whatcom County area is among the 25 cleanest cities in terms of air pollution, according to data collected by the E.P.A. as reported by the American Lung Association (May 2000
  • With 14 public golf courses, Whatcom County has more golf courses per capita than any other county in the Pacific Northwest (Golf Digest). The region is frequently referred to as "Monterey North."
  • Bellingham leads the nation in the amount of green space available with 15 percent of the city's total land area utilized as a park or natural reserve.
  • Nooksack Falls Plant is the second oldest and smallest hydroelectric generating plant in Washington. It is run by just one operator. (Lynden Tribune, May 1993)
  • Mt. Baker has the longest ski season in Washington State (Nov.-April).
  • Mount Baker set a world record in 1999 for having the most snow fall in one year with 1,140 inches. This tops the previous record of 1,122 inches set at Mount Rainier, the winter of 1971-72! (National Climatic Data Center, August 1999)
  • Bellingham was rated the second best "Paddling/ Ski Town" in the nation (out of 14 cities) by Paddler Magazine (November/December 2000)
  • Bellingham has been designated as a "Trail Town USA," by the American Hiking Society and the National Park Service. We are one of only 30 cities nationwide and the only city in Washington and Oregon, to be so honored. We are a "city of greenways" with twenty-nine miles of pedestrian, bicycle and equestrian trails and more than 600 acres of open space. (June 1, 1996)