Whatcom County Parks offers a variety of outdoor activities
The Whatcom County Parks & Recreation’s outdoor recreational programs are an inexpensive way to explore all that Whatcom County has to offer.
The following is a list of outdoor recreation and interpretive programs scheduled for the fall and early winter:
Harvest Celebration at
Hovander Homestead Park
When: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 4.
Location: Hovander Homestead Park, Ferndale.
Fee: $2, children under 5 free.
Celebrate the season with some old-fashioned fun in Whatcom County’s premier historical park. Relive the experiences of the Hovander family with tours of the 103-year-old house, hay bale tunnel maze, $1 pumpkin carving, seasonal decorations and tours.
Walks and Hikes
The best places are close to home. Don’t let the high cost of travel get you down.
Interpreter David Bean will delve into Whatcom County’s diverse landscapes on these guided walks. All walks are moderately paced on well-maintained trails. Bring raingear and appropriate footwear. Call 360/733-2900 for additional information.
Canyon Lake Community
Forest Lake Loop
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 20.
Location: Canyon Lake Community Forest. Meet at Parks & Recreation Office (3373 Mt. Baker Highway) to travel to trail start. Transportation not included.
Hike Distance: 2 miles.
Nature Reserve Walk
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 25
Location: Stimpson Family Nature Reserve, Lake Louise Road
Hike Distance: 3 miles
The old-growth forest of this close-by preserve is much more than the sum of its parts. Discover the many layers of richness and beauty on this peaceful path.
Teddy Bear Cove Walk
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, November 8, at Teddy Bear Cove. Meet at North Chuckanut Trailhead, 1.5 miles south of Fairhaven on Chuckanut Drive.
Hike Distance: 2 miles.
Birding the Beaches
When: 9 a.m. to noon, first Saturday of every month (September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6).
Location: Semiahmoo Park. Meet at the museum.
Hike Distance: 1 mile
The mudflats and rich marine life of Semiahmoo Bay and Drayton Harbor attract a multitude of resident and migratory birds. This area is one of the most significant birdwatching areas in Western Washington with experienced birder Paul Woodcock.
Walking for Fitness
When: 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, September 25, at the North Chuckanut Trailhead. Subsequent walks are also scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, October 9, at the Lake Whatcom Park/ Hertz Trail; Thursday, October 23 at the North Chuckanut Trailhead; Thursday, November 6, at Hovander Park/ Nooksack River Trail; and Thursday, November 20, at the North Chuckanut Trailhead
Hike Distance: 4-5 miles
For more information, call 360/733-2900 or visit: whatcomcounty.recware.com