Blyth, Ontario

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Coordinates: 43°44′10″N 81°25′45″W / 43.736081°N 81.429162°W / 43.736081; -81.429162

Blyth
Unincorporated community
Coordinates: 43°44′5″N 81°25′42″W / 43.73472°N 81.42833°W / 43.73472; -81.42833
Country Canada
Province Ontario
County Huron
Township North Huron
Founded 1877
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 1,005
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Forward sortation area N0M 1H0
NTS Map 040P11
GNBC Code FAKIA

Blyth is a community in the municipality of North Huron, Huron County, Ontario, Canada. It is located southwest of the town of Wingham on Huron Road 4, west of Walton on Huron County Road 25 and geographically south of the town of Lucknow. It is the center for an annual drama festival called the Blyth Festival (at the Blyth Festival Theatre). Since its inception in 1975, it has premiered 100 Canadian plays. Plays developed at the Blyth Festival have won Governor General 's Awards and a number of Chalmers Awards. It plays to audiences of between forty and fifty thousand annually.

Blyth has the status of a designated place in Canadian censuses. It had a population of 1,005 in the Canada 2011 Census.

History[edit]

By 1869, Blyth was a village with a population of 350 in the Townships of Morris and Wawanosh County, Huron. The improved land in vicinity averaged $30 per acre.[1]

The community was founded in 1877 and amalgamated into North Huron in 2001. Many of its buildings still retain a Cape Dutch style of detailing that was popular after the Boer War. Locals pronounce the name of their town like "bly-eth" rather than "blithe".

Transportation[edit]

Blyth is at the junction of County Road 4 and County Road 25.

Blyth is served by scheduled bus service to Owen Sound and London.[2]

Awards[edit]

In 2001, Blyth won the Communities in Bloom National Award in the category of 1 to 1000 population.[3] This award recognizes civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on enhancing green spaces in communities.

Media[edit]

The local radio stations are AM920, 101.7 The One and 94.5 The Bull - www.cknxradio.com

References[edit]

  1. ^ The province of Ontario gazetteer and directory. H. McEvoy Editor and Compiler, Toronto : Robertson & Cook, Publishers, 1869
  2. ^ "Grey-Bruce Bus Schedule". Grey Bruce Air Bus. Retrieved 2007-04-18. [dead link]
  3. ^ http://www.communitiesinbloom.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/2001-National-Results-EN-FR.pdf
  • The Settlement Of Huron County, by James Scott.

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