is a village in northern Alberta
. It is located approximately 54 km
west of Grande Prairie
, the nearest major urban centre, on Highway 43
. It is located in the center of the Peace River Country
, and supports a rural agricultural economy. It has an elementary school and a junior high school, but older students are bussed to the nearby community of Beaverlodge
. Hythe also has a newly renovated hockey arena, a covered outdoor swimming pool, and a motor speedway.
According to the 2006 census, Hythe has a:
- population of 821 living in 288 dwellings
- a land area of
- 199.0 inhabitants per square kilometer.
- 1910:The area was settled by English and Norwegian immigrants.
- 1913:The first post office was established.
- 1915:The Happy Valley School opened in the settlement.
- 1928:Railway arrived in the area.
- 1929:Hythe was incorporated as a village.
- 1947:The first hospital was built.
- 1950:The first covered ice rink in the Peace Country was built and became home to the Hythe Mustangs Hockey Team for many years.
- 1967: The South Peace Centennial Museum which opened, located 12 km south of Hythe has the only known operating 30 HP Waterloo Steam Traction Engine.
Attractions and Events
- The Annual South Peace Centennial Museum Day
- Agricultural Fair
- Hythe Motor Speedway - Racing from June to September each year.
Ecology, and Pollition
In Hythe, some 480 kilometres (300 miles) northwest of Edmonton, former Christian Reform evangelical pastor Wiebo Ludwig says that oil and gas projects that now encircle his farm have killed more than 50 of his livestock, caused three miscarriages among women in his family and caused birth defects in four grandchildren.