Village of Blyth
DISCOVER A VILLAGE WHERE AGRI MEETS CULTURE
1. Blyth Festival
The Blyth Festival is a nationally recognized professional theatre company located in the village of Blyth. Since 1975, the Blyth Festival Theatre has put farmers and rural Canadians center stage, telling our stories, sharing our history and celebrating our way of life.
The theatre is housed within Blyth Memorial Community Hall built in 1920 as a memorial to soldiers from the area lost in World War I. Prior to your show be sure to check out the latest visual art exhibit in Blyth Festival Art Gallery, located in the Bainton Gallery within Blyth Memorial Community Hall.
2. Great Shops
While in Blyth be sure to visit Maple and Moose (A) an all-Canadian store packed with Canadian made gifts and Artists’ Cat O’Donnell and Scott Ramsay operate Wonky Frog Studio (B), a clay studio and art shop full of their friends creations.
Looking for local wool and leather products? Check out the The Old Mill (C). The Old Mill designs products from their own tanneries such as leather jackets, wool blankets and socks! You’ll also want to visit Bainton’s Tannery Outlet (D) offering Canadian made mens and ladies leather and shearling garments.
3. Good eats
The Queens Bakery (A) has a wall full of local artwork for sale as well as delicious baked goods and light lunch and dinner menu options. Other dining options while in Blyth include Part II Bistro (B), Trip Advisor’s #1 Best Overall Restaurant in Ontario! (2015), Cowbell Brewing Company (C), a unique Canadian destination craft brewery and The Blyth Inn (D), known as “The Boot” to locals.
If you’re really searching for an authentic local experience, book one of the Country Suppers, home-cooked meals prepared and served by local community organizations, available through the Blyth Festival Box Office.
4. Greenway Trail and Butterfly Garden
The development of the Greenway trail was a community project that includes a walking trail, a fitness trail, a fish habitat improvement area and a butterfly garden. The trail is situated on the former CPR rail lines and runs adjacent to the Blyth Brook. Along the trail, hikers will see wood duck nesting boxes and will be able to enjoy the spectacular vista view of the countryside. The 1.3 km trail ends at a unique stone arch bridge built by the Grand Trunk Railway.
WING NIGHT AT THE BOOT
Surviving decades of prohibition (Blyth was dry right into the early 1970s), The Blyth Inn, formerly the Commercial Hotel, has stood on the same corner for 140 years.
A group of actors from the Blyth Festival have assembled a play for the 2018 season entitled “Wing Night at the Boot”. Working from local stories as told by people in the community with fond, funny, and fiery memories of the Inn through the decades, the actors capture the singular energy and atmosphere of this legendary establishment.
From a refuge for early travelers, to fine dining room, to bottle club, to quintessential farmer bar, to hotbed for local bands, the Blyth Inn has been it all.
Among the many questions the actors try to answer with this show: how exactly, did it come to be known as “The Boot”?
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MunicipalityNorth Huron, Central Huron