We are the Bellingham Traverse
The Bellingham Traverse began in 2002, to celebrate the life-cycle of wild salmon, showcase Bellingham Parks and Greenways and as a means for community members to support local non-profits. In 2013, we started Recreation Northwest to manage the event and create value for
We are mission driven: Recreation Northwest promotes outdoor recreation and brings people together to enjoy, preserve and improve the places where we play. We focus our work on three areas: Parkscriptions, Recreation Economy and Fairhaven Park.
Partnering with doctors and other health care providers to prescribe time outdoors. Parkscriptions connects patients with positive outdoor experiences for healthier lifestyles and improved mental and physical health.
Bringing the outdoor recreation community together to learn from each other, raise the profile of this key sector of our economy and advocate for the value of outdoor recreation and our public lands at the state and local level.
• Recreation Economy Study
• Outdoor Recreation Summit
• Recreation Northwest EXPO
• Basecamp Networking
Stewarding the Fairhaven Park trail system we have utilized for years for the Traverse by removing invasive species, rerouting trails to improve access and restoring wetland habitat through native plantings. Please consider donating to our charitable organization, volunteer at our other events and learn more about our programs at PacificMultisports.com
As Stewards of Fairhaven Park, people in the community have been asking us for directional trail signs to be installed. This will help them navigate through the trails in Fairhaven Park and connect with the Interurban and [...]
Yes, this is BIG NEWS! As the host of The Bellingham Traverse for the past 17 years, I am making the decision to pass the torch to another group- Pacific Multisports. This will enable this iconic Bellingham event to mature [...]
With the ever evolving forecast for Traverse Day, we would like to share how we plan to handle the weather and provide for a safe and fun experience for all of our folks- Spawners, Volunteers, Support Crew and Spectators. [...]
This year, there is one major change to the Trail Run course in Fairhaven. Come out on Tuesday, September 11th at 6:00 pm Meet at Fairhaven Middle School. We’ll run at a casual pace from the start at [...]
Hey Folks, If you’re new to or interested in volunteering for the Traverse, come meet the CREW. Come early and check out all the great new and used gear in the store! Here’s more information on Volunteering [...]
Each year we offer a new color to add to your Traverse T-shirt collection. This year, we’re going with this look for both men and women: Order yours before September 3rd! Buy them when you register your [...]
Coming from out of town for the Traverse this September? Get a Room! These are the handpicked places we have to offer. Throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County, you’ll find a diverse selection of traditional and unique lodging [...]
This past weekend we hosted the Bellingham Traverse. We’ve been at this endeavor for 16 years and yes, it’s evolved over the years, but the foundation of fun is at the core. As Kai Rysdall says [...]
In support of the partnership with Recreation Northwest and the Bellingham Traverse, the Community Boating Center is offering Traverse kayak rental packages that includes options for race day delivery and a voucher for two free hours of kayak [...]