Warden officially cuts ribbon on G2G Blyth Brook Bridge - Nov. 23, 2017
The Guelph to Goderich Rail Trail (G2G) celebrated its newest edition to the trail, The Blyth Brook Bridge, on Monday morning.
Building on the former CP rail line, decommissioned in 1988 and acquired by the province in 1990, local trail enthusiasts, naturalists, the County of Huron County, the Region of Waterloo and Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport’s Regional Tourism Office have collectively invested more than $2 million over the past three years toward the goal of creating Canada’s longest fully-accessible off-road trail system of 127 kilometres from Guelph to Goderich.
Major accomplishments since 2014 include clearing over 60 kilometres of the trail and the constructions of five bridges. The Blyth Brook Bridge, installed just months ago, is the newest contribution.
This event celebrated the completion of this key connecting bridge and also recognized the work of the communities throughout the region which continue to work hard to build support and momentum for the last big push: replacement of the three major river valley bridges.
The village of Blyth, where the reception was held, is an industrious and active community. In May, the renovated Blyth Memorial Hall was unveiled. Home to the iconic Blyth Festival, the hall opened its doors to Festival patrons and community entertainment in June, 2017.
Additionally, Blyth Cowbell Brewing Company opened amid much fanfare in August. One of a kind, this destination brewing company chose to locate and support the local Blyth economy. It is the world’s first closed-loop brewery and the first carbon-neutral brewery in North America.
Blyth 14/19 Inc., the driving force behind both the renovation of Memorial Hall at nearly $4 million and the realization of the vision of the Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity as a hub for cultural and rural community development are also ongoing in Blyth. The Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity is offers programs and experiences that build skills and creative partnerships, as well as leveraging opportunities for social entrepreneurship.
The reception in Blyth celebrated the economic transformation going on in Blyth where many, including the G2G trail, are playing an important role. Representatives from each of these organizations were present, as were representatives of the local and County Council, trails groups and naturalists.