Gladys Blyth was born in Squamish and raised in Bella Coola, BC. In 1940, she married Alex Blyth of Victoria, BC. After the Second World War, they moved to Port Edward, BC, fourteen kilometers south of Prince Rupert where Alex worked in the salmon canning industry. Together they raised four sons and four
daughters. Blyth and her late husband, have sixteen grand-children and six great-grands.
Through her love of children, Blyth taught Sunday school and kindergarten classes, and worked with children from Social Welfare Services. She served on the School Board of District 52 in Prince Rupert for six years, representing the Port Edward School. As a writer, photographer, reporter and researcher,
beginning in 1960, Blyth developed an insatiable interest in the history of the north coast, particularly the Skeena River and attendant industries. Her writing and photography have been published in books, magazines, newspapers, journals and pamphlets. Books published are Salmon Canneries, British Columbia North Coast, Wales Island, When God Opens the Door, and The History of
Port Edward. A children's book, Summer at the Cannery, is yet to be published.
From 1970 to 1990, with her overall knowledge of the history of the fishing industry, Blyth spear-headed the acquisition and restoration of North Pacific Cannery, a derelict salmon canning plant at the mouth of the Skeena River. The plant, subsequently designated a National Heritage Site by Parks Canada, is known as North Pacific Cannery Village Museum. It is now a popular tourist attraction, research and education center. And children, on field trips from schools locally and from across Canada, visit the Site to learn first hand the history, culture and fishing methods of one of British Columbia's leading industries.
A highlight for Blyth, resulting from her years of community work came in 1989 when Brock House Society of Vancouver selected her as their sixth Senior Citizen of the Year for the province of British Columbia. At the gala ceremony, she received a gold medal and a number of accolades.
Out of the wealth of her past and her continued love of children, Blyth has now moved into writing historic novels for children and young adults.