Flows With Volunteer Spirit
Hythe was incorporated as a Village in the roaring twenties. The community continues to be revved up ninety years later – nowadays as the home of the popular Motor Speedway every summer.
Stock car races on the 3/8 oval are a key attraction in the community with races scheduled from May to September.
Visitors the third Sunday in August can take in the annual Agricultural Fair. Along with traditional agricultural fair exhibits for judging, there’s a parade, trade show, face painting, and many other family-oriented activities to enjoy.
Day to day, Hythe creates a quiet country setting with over 800 residents. The major bustle occurs for businesses along Highway 43 servicing visitors headed toward or from the Alaska Highway route or filling the needs of local farm and oilfield workers.
This thriving community has a long history of strong volunteer-driven initiatives which have resulted in the building of some of its present-day infrastructure including the original beam and rafter 1955 arena. In fact, Hythe has a history of being known as the volunteer capital of Alberta.
Camping enthusiasts visiting the community can access the Hythe Municipal Campground, used frequently by travelers along the Alaska Highway corridor.
It provides visitors with a variety of site options including full-service and free firewood. The campground includes a RV dumping station. Washroom facilities including hot showers are in vintage Northern Alberta Railway cabooses.
Other amenities include an arena, curling rink, ball diamonds and play parks. Visitors are welcome to partake in fun activities hosted by the Golden Age Centre and the infamous Friday Night Legion Dinners.
After taking in the races you can visit the Grand Marshal Inn to enjoy a fine meal or some relax time in the lounge and play some pool.
Learn Some History
During the summer months, don’t forget to visit the Tourism Centre when arriving in the Village. You will find it located in a restored log tack shop. A restored homestead house next door serves as a museum and contains many artifacts that tell the history of the area.
And if you have time for lunch before hitting the road, you will want to stop at Soups and Scoops Café and Gifts. You will get a delicious meal and have an opportunity to purchase mementos of your time in Hythe.
Motor into Hythe and enjoy a relaxing stay!