An award winning, pioneering professional theatre, in the heart of Ontario’s bread-basket, the Blyth Festival is surrounded by an unparalleled community and a natural landscape bar none.
From touring local farms on the cutting-edge of agriculture, to walking some of the most exceptional trails the province has to offer, or indulging in beach life on one of Canada’s inland seas, there is a tremendous amount to experience in Huron County.
This is just a tiny taste of what’s possible:
A decommissioned rail line that once linked the Port of Goderich to the city of Guelph (and all spots in between), has now become one of the most spectacular trails in the country. 127 kms of walking, biking, hiking, or running through meticulously cared for conservation corridor.
With a substantial permanent collection and regular rotation of temporary exhibits, the Huron County Museum is an unparalleled local archive. From pre-colonial, to early settlement, agricultural innovations to rail and shipyards, as well as the artifacts of the War years, the Huron County Museum is diligently curated. It even has a taxidermied calf with two heads.
Located on the sandy shores of Lake Huron, Bayfield is a small heritage village known for its boutique accommodations, award-winning dining, pubs, shops, and artists’ studios. All of it just steps away from a Blue Flag beach.
Huron County’s first winery. Nestled in a crook of land between the Maitland and Bayfield Rivers, Maelstrom winery began with a small test plot in 2009. They have since grown to an 8 acre winery with 9 wines, ciders, tours & tasting room.
For the slightly more adrenalized among us, The Walton Raceway is home of the Canadian Motocross Grand National Championship. Since 1974, some of the biggest names and fastest wheels in the muddiest sport have won fame at Walton.
Over 200 acres of forest, and a 40-acre lake, combined with a passion for environmental stewardship and outdoor recreation, WLW is a celebrated local attraction for the whole family. Windmill Lake Wake & Eco Park also features cable wakeboarding, stand-up paddle boarding, and onsite camping.
Sailing charters, to fly-fishing, farm to table tours, to pipe bands and unparalleled sunsets, This is just the beginning. Huron County is truly still a tourism frontier.
Local Food and Drink:
For more than 140 years, The Blyth Inn has stood at the center of the tiny Village. Once a thriving railroad hotel, the Blyth Inn is a fully licensed restaurant serving family-friendly fare. Affectionately nicknamed “the Boot” because the stools were always occupied by local farmers fresh from a day in the field, boots and all.
The newest and boldest addition to the village. Cowbell Brewery, an innovative and audacious project: North America’s first carbon-neutral brewery. Featuring vaulted barn-style ceilings, an unparalleled selection of local craft beers, and its own working farm, Cowbell offers visitors something exceptional.
Cowbell Kitchen is about fresh, local, and fun. The Cowbell team works with like-minded local farmers, producers, and suppliers to create fresh, value-driven and fun appetizers, shared plates, lunch and dinner menus, and wood-fired pizza. The brewery is open all year, with access to the public to tour the state-of-the-art facility.
Directly across from the theatre is what many would remember as the restaurant Part II Bistro, voted by Trip Advisor as the No. 1 restaurant in all of Ontario, but is now the home to Part II Catering. Instead, a new Part II Bistro restaurant operates on The Square (10 Courthouse Square) in Goderich, serving the same spectacular food, much of it locally sourced, in a completely unpretentious, intimate dining room.
Chef, Peter Gusso, grew up in the area but marinated his cook skills in Europe.
Shopping in Blyth:
Maple and Moose is a quaint but surprising store specializing in local artisan craft, and staffed by local volunteers.
The Old Mill is South Western Ontario’s original leather goods store. Everything from designer shearling coats, to western boots and gloves, to vintage wear, to biker chaps & caps.
In town, you’ll also find Bainton’s Old Mill with a similar selection of high-quality leather and wool. Fine jackets, to exquisite slippers. Just a block North of the theatre.
Pianovations is another singular offering in the village. Run by two local women who studied piano repair & refurbishment abroad, Pianovations is the retail face of their restoration business, often with rare gems of bygone eras on the showroom floor, including vintage player pianos and baby grands.
Accommodations in Blyth and Area:
Below is a listing of a handful of accommodations possibilities. Overnight adventurers to Blyth also often make use of services like Air BnB, cottage rentals along Lake Huron, and a few conveniently located provincial (and municipal) campgrounds.
Little Inn of Bayfield, Bayfield
Located in the picturesque, heritage village of Bayfield, Ontario, on Lake Huron’s sandy shores.
The Little Inn provides elegant accommodations and an exceptional culinary experience.
The Blyth Inn
Renovated hotel rooms above “the Rubber Boot”, most rooms with a street view of the Blyth Festival Theatre.
Queens Bakery Accommodations
Intimate, renovated rooms above the bakery.
Benmiller Inn, Benmiller
Secluded and peaceful yet provides every modern convenience. Recipient of the CAA 4 diamond award, 18 years running.
Dreamz Inn, Goderich
Newly built and opened in 2014, the Dreamz Inn offers a well-appointed stay, in a contemporary space, with all modern conveniences.
Hotel Lux, Blyth
The elegant main street building Industry Hall, built in 1888, has been reinvented to offer three meticulously appointed guest rooms in the heart of the destination town of Blyth, Ontario. Once home to markets, entertainment and town meetings, each room is unique and designed to celebrate a part of our rich history, the visionary rejuvenation of Blyth and its exciting future.
Samuels Boutique Hotel, Goderich
Overlooking the Maitland River, just yards from where it opens into Lake Huron, beneath the Menesetung Bridge.
Suites at Solace on Turnberry, Brussels
Located in the historic “Leckie Block” in the heart of the Village of Brussels, the suites feature historic ambiance with modern creature comforts.
Comfort Inn & Suites, Goderich
Located in nearby Goderich, a 25-minute drive from Blyth.
Bed & Breakfasts
Kildonan House Bed and Breakfast, Clinton
This majestic residence offers unique accommodation, inviting you to step into the past and relive the timeless elegance of yesteryear. The home has a grand ballroom, parlor, and library for your use.
Three Gables Bed and Breakfast, Clinton
A fully restored 1895 Victorian house, full of period European antiques, set in the midst of a lovely greenbelt in the heart of Huron County.
Parker House Motel, Clinton
Wingham Lindon Motel, Wingham