Blyth BIA looking to add 20-25 sites to the Blyth Campground for 2021

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NORTH HURON – The Blyth BIA spoke to North Huron council on Monday evening about upgrading the Blyth Campground for the 2021 camping season.

The Blyth Campground transformation initiative project looks at the possibility of adding 20 to 25 rough camping sites with picnic tables and firepits.

BIA members David Sparling and Shane Yerema made a presentation outlining their research to date, including campground industry trends.

The trends have shown that folks are looking for a more laid-back camping experience, preferring to attend a festival or music concert locally instead of travelling.

"Music festivals have truly evolved over the years into more than just a celebration of live music," Sparling said in his presentation.

“Most festivals last more than a day, allowing people the opportunity to camp onsite and enjoy the space even when the acts have left the stage."

Other trends include online booking and payment, kid/pet-friendly campgrounds, and no amenities, other than a dumping station and a washroom facility, which would be necessary.

Judy Sloan, president of the Huron Pioneer Thresher and Hobby Association, spoke to council about their concerns with this plan, saying they want to be involved in the process.

She said their concerns include the firepits and the picnic tables, inquiring if they would be removable because open fires are not allowed at the Threshers Festival.

Sloan also inquired about security, citing possible break-ins to their facilities, like the washrooms.

Council requested a detailed report that will include the cost. Deputy Reeve Trevor Seip added that he would like to see the initiative be a one-year trial period.

More discussions will be held soon and should be included in the Recreation Master Plan.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times