Recreation in the Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon area
The Sports Medicine Fellowship will keep you busy, but it's a "fun busy." When you're not providing medical care for an athletic event or working with exceptional faculty, there are innumerable opportunities to participate in cultural and outdoor activities in the vibrant cities of Vancouver and Portland and in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest. And there are no on-call duties!
Below are just a few ideas where you might spend some free time:
- Join a raucous, cheering crowd at Portland's Providence Park, for a MLS soccer game with the Portland Timbers.
- Enjoy a game of Portland Winterhawks hockey or Portland Trailblazers basketball, a professional MMA event sitting cage-side with Fight Medicine specialist Dr. deWeber, a roller derby bout with Vancouver's Storm City Roller Girls, or many other sporting events.
- Run a leg of the race from Mt. Hood to the Pacific Ocean (197 miles) in the annual Hood to Coast Relay Race.
- Go for an urban hike in Forest Park, one of the country’s largest urban forest reserves encompassing over 5,000 acres and 70 miles of recreation trails within Portland.
- Enjoy a delicious cup of coffee at one of the area’s many world-renowned coffee shops.
- Swill a pint of famed craft beer or attend one of many annual brewfests. Portland and Vancouver take brewing seriously and host the largest gathering of independent craft brewers in the US.
- Rock or sway to the sounds of live music at one of the many venues in the area. According to the Guardian, Portland’s music scene is one of the most vibrant in the US and its venues and concert halls are a reflection of this. Portland’s music scene also boasts the annual Waterfront Blues Festival.
- Explore art at Portland or Vancouver’s monthly Art Gallery Walks.
For more ideas of life outside of Fellowship in the Portland and Vancouver area, the following are great resources:
Outdoor recreation in the Pacific Northwest
The wilderness and great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest are unparalleled. The Cascade Mountain Range is home to numerous volcanoes and peaks exceeding 14,000 feet. The area is widely known for hiking, skiing and snowboarding, wind surfing, rafting and kayaking, fishing and hunting, mountain climbing, camping and backpacking.
- Enjoy endless skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing on Mt. Bachelor, Mt. Hood, Mt. Baker or other ski resorts in the Pacific Northwest.
- Hike one of the many trails within the 292,500 acre The Columbia River Gorge. We recommend The Portland Hikers Field Guide for vast information on access, seasonal recommendations, etc.
- Raft down the Deschutes River