Recreation Northwest

Recreation Northwest

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We promote outdoor recreation and bring people together to enjoy, preserve and improve the places where we play. Our programs include Stewardship of Fairhaven Park, Recreation Economy Education & Advocacy and FUN with Bellingham KIDS Traverse, Bellingham Traverse and Quest Adventure Races

About Recreation Northwest

We also publish a Regional Race/Event Calendar.

Bellingham Kids Traverse

Sunday, June 26th, 2016 Bellingham KIDS Traverse

Get Hooked on the Bellingham KIDS Traverse, a fun relay race that celebrates the journey of wild salmon. Families, friends and local companies form Chinook (solo), Coho (tandem) and CHUM

nice work kids!



Saturday, September 17th, 2016 Vital Choice Bellingham Traverse

Get Hooked on the Vital Choice Bellingham Traverse, a fun relay race that celebrates the journey of wild salmon. Families, friends and local companies form Chinook (solo), Coho (tandem) and CHUM (relay teams) to run, bike and paddle through Bellingham’s scenic parks, winding trails and open waterways.


Have fun with your friends and compete with the best–everyone is welcome to participate in this beloved community event. Celebrate your accomplishment with a pint of Traverse Ale at the Boundary Bay Brewery Finish Line!  The Traverse supports the Stewardship Programs of Recreation Northwest.



Please Join Us on the Path Forward

Thank you for your continued support as Recreation Northwest enters its fourth year as a non-profit organization. Please join the Board of Directors in making an annual gift to celebrate our successes, and position us for a bright future. 



Fairhaven Forest Trail Projectwordmark

As Stewards of Fairhaven Park, we are committed to improving the trails and connecting our values of stewardship with recreation. We completed our first phase in September 2015 and are working on Phase 2 – to cross the wetland and connect with the trails within.

2016 Recreation Northwest Events

Friday, February 26th Recreation Northwest EXPO

Sunday, June 26th Bellingham Kids Traverse

Saturday, September 17th Vital Choice Bellingham Traverse

Saturday, September 24th Island Quest

Monday, November 15th Race Director Roundtable

2016 Regional Race & Event Calendar

Check out our Recreation Northwest Event Calendar
Our listing of the races, events and fun stuff that we’ve found to do.
p.s.- Let us know if you’d like your event listed.


quest-adventur-races-logoKulshan Brewing Company Presents: Quest Adventure Races

Using mountain bikes, your trusty feet, you will navigate a series of checkpoints using only map and compass to make your way from start to finish. Experts get to use sea kayaks too!

September 24th, 2016Island Quest

Adventure Races on San Juan Island – Roche Harbor, WA.

Quest Adventure Race Team

Keep an eye on our Quest Adventure Race TEAM.

The Quest Adventure Race Team, after winning the Krank 30 hour race in Cle Elum.

RecreationEconomyStudyWe are proud to announce the release of Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation in Whatcom County, Washington. The study shows the Contribution by Outdoor Recreational Expenditures, Recreation Business Economy and Ecosystem Services in Recreational Lands. More details.

Economic Contribution of Outdoor Recreation to Whatcom County

Download the Full Report

Download the Full Report

Download the Factsheet

Download the Factsheet

Race_director_roundtable_markNovember 15th, 2016

Gathering at the Race Directors Roundtable– local race directors to get our upcoming calendar ironed out and some issues addressed. Four Points Sheraton Hotel



2016-EXPO-wordmarkFriday, February 26th & Saturday, February 27th

FREE Admission to come to this exciting annual event.

Bring your friends and family to check out the EXPO Exhibitors– the best and the brightest in the local and regional outdoor recreation scene. This is your chance to connect with the resources you need for a healthy year ahead.

Recreation Industry Professionals check out our SUMMIT Schedule & Speakers. 

We also have more fun lined up for Saturday with our EXCURSIONS. These are open to the public as well. Trail Run, Mountain Bike, Paddle and Hiking opportunities.


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