Extend your Whatcom County library tour by visiting community attractions. The staff at our 10 branch libraries have great local knowledge to share. Here are their suggestions for things to see and do in their communities. Most stops are also a great place to read a book!
After visiting the bookmobile, take a stroll down the berm, run through the water, build a sandcastle or fly a kite on the beach. Heading south along the berm takes you Birch Bay State Park’s trails and camping sites.
Peace Arch State Park (Discover Pass required)
Run and roam on big grassy areas, enjoy a picnic around beautiful flower gardens, discover unique sculptures at the International Sculpture Exhibit, learn local history during this year’s Peace Arch Centennial.
Blaine Marine Park
Wander the waterfront trails. Explore the marine playground with its ship, lighthouse and climbing rock.
DEMING & NORTH FORK
First stop, Deming: On your way to or from a day exploring mountain trails, stop at the Deming Library for a picnic at the Library’s Learning Garden. The community garden began in 2014 as a partnership of the library manager, Local Food Works! members and Friends of the Deming Library. The welcoming outdoor space is home to educational programs. Explore the Children’s Garden or relax on the grassy lawn.
Just east of the library is Deming Eagle Homestead Park along the North Fork of the Nooksack River. Follow trails that lead to the river or relax in the sun at a picnic table. Return December through March to watch bald eagles feast on spawned salmon.
Next stop, Kendall: Continue east on the Mount Baker Highway to the North Fork Library at the roundabout in Kendall. The library is a perfect last stop before you hit mountain trails. Silver Lake Park is also nearby. Find picnic supplies or ingredients for a super-local summertime meal at the charming, farmer-run Twin Sisters Farmers Market at the library’s parking lot, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through October.
The Everson library was recently remodeled. Stop by to celebrate with the staff and to learn about local history at the well-curated Nooksack Valley Heritage Center. A block from the park, you’ll find beautiful Everson City Park with brand new playground equipment. Check out workshops and experiences at the nearby Cloud Mountain Farm Center.
Hovander Homestead Park. Explore the park’s walking trails, access to the Nooksack River, Tennant Lake boardwalk, Fragrance Garden, play structures, wildlife, farm animals, and off-leash dog park!
Vanderyacht Park is wonderful for off-leash dog walking and bird and squirrel watching.
Otto Preserve Nature Trail
A very pleasant walk through the woods (with a great rope swing on Betty’s Shortcut trail!).
Park in the Congregational Church parking lot and head down the short trail to the beach. A great place to look for agates, skip some stones, and eat a picnic lunch.
Fill your picnic basket at restaurants along Lynden’s charming Front Street. Centennial Park, across the street from the library, is a perfect picnic spot. It’s also the seasonal home of the Lynden Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays.
From Centennial Park, it’s an easy stroll to the Pioneer Museum and the Jansen Art Center. Events regularly happen at the Lynden Fair Grounds. See if something is scheduled during your visit.
On your way to or from the library, stop by Berthusen Park and Bender Fields. These beautiful parks are great places to stretch your legs.
Once the border reopens to Canada, cross over to Pt. Roberts. The trip itself is an adventure. Once there, the library staff recommends the Enchanted Forest Trails for trolls, fairies and mysterious entities!
SOUTH WHATCOM (Sudden Valley)
Stimpson Preserve hike off Lake Louise Rd. The big draw here is old -growth forest, lots of it, which really makes the 2.5-mile main trail something special. For a more challenging hike, visit nearby Lookout Mountain. One of the trails takes you to a waterfall.
Explore the year-round hiking paths on Sumas Mountain. Learn more about the fascinating history of this border town at the library’s extensive local history collection.
Find more local travel itineraries at Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism visitors center or website, bellingham.org.