Hythe, the Volunteer Capital of Alberta, has an economy based on services to the agricultural, forestry and oil and gas industries. This thriving community of 820 has a long history of strong volunteer driven initiatives which have resulted in the building of much of its present day infrastructure.
Hythe boasts a curling rink, ice arena, campground, and other amenities. The 25-stall Hythe Municipal Campground provides visitors with kitchen shelters, water taps, an RV dumping station and washroom facilities including hot water showers within the vintage Northern Alberta Railway cabooses. The campground offers affordable rates ($20.00 per night), power and firewood supplied, and a relaxing atmosphere. Discounts are available for those looking for a longer stay.
Love the sounds of engines roaring? Just north of Hythe from May to September, racing enthusiasts flock to the Hythe Motor Speedway. It is a 3/8 mile oval paved racetrack and features modified, street stock, starter stock, sportsman and sprint competitions. There is plenty of seating in the grandstands and concession booths are available. There are usually five or six race-filled weekends per summer. The schedule and other information can be found at www.hythespeedway.com.
When touring Hythe, one of your first stops should be the restored building immediately adjacent to Highway 43 which serves as our summer Tourist Information Booth. Much of the community’s history is portrayed in a pictorial representation featured in the log tack shop which belonged to early pioneer, Kelly Sunderman. Beside the tack shop is a museum which was originally a home built for a mail order bride. Unfortunately, the groom missed the intended bride and the home was never lived in.
The big Hythe Homecoming Weekend will be on July 14th to 17th, 2016. A wide range of activities are planned, and a good time will be had by all. A link to the Facebook page for the homecoming is in the top left corner of the Village’s web page.
Hythe hosts many first class events that include an old fashioned down-home Agricultural Fair, held annually in August and hosted by the Hythe Agricultural Society. Home-made foods, arts and crafts, light and heavy horses and family events are the highlights of this annual event that ends in the evening with a barbeque and old time baseball. The parade is held on Sunday morning of the Fair Weekend, with colourful floats making this a major family attraction.
More community information is available on the Village’s web page at www.hythe.ca.
Half an hour north of Hythe, the Spring Lake Campground, is a popular area for camping and picnicking. It offers a boat launch, new dock, swimming area, picnic tables and firepit, kids playground, hiking trails, kitchen shelter, and horseshoe pits.Spring Lake Ski Hill offers downhill skiing and cross country skiing in the winter months and chalet rentals are available year-round. Southeast of Hythe on Highway 43, Hommy Park has 23 Sites, (30 Amp power) Baseball Diamond, Caretaker, Day-use Sites, Fire pits, Free Firewood, Gated, Horseshoe Pits, Pets Welcome, Privies, Non-potable Water, Camp Kitchen,Playground. Immediately southeast of Hommy Park on Highway 43, visitors will find Albright Community Hall where every Thursday you can find locally produced goods at the Albright Farmer’s Market. The Farmer’s Market is celebrating its 25th year in operation in 2016.