Wingham Canada's "Country Music Capital"
Wingham could be called Canada’s “Country Music Capital” since it has such a strong tradition of fostering rural musical talent. The town also has a charming streetscape, heritage architecture and riverside recreational trails. The Maitland River provides scenic canoeing and fishing throughout its length and at Riverflats Ecological Park.
The North Huron Museum holds archives for the Township of North Huron as well as exhibits and art shows that highlight local heritage, especially its prominence as a radio and television broadcasting centre. The museum opens May to August. The adjoining Alice Munro Literary Garden pays tribute to its famous, local author who recently won the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Alice Munro Writers and Readers Festival celebrates Munro’s accomplishments and encourages the development of literature through a number of social events and workshops for all ages at the end of September.
The Barn Dance Hall of Fame is housed in the lower level of the museum where it showcases memorabilia and recordings of the entertainers who created Barn Dance, Canada’s longest running, live radio broadcast. The hall opens June thru August, Mon.- Fri. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. or by appointment: 519-530-8000.