100 Iconic Prince George People, Places and Objects
The Heritage Commission contributed to Prince George's 100th Anniversary with a new web page devoted to showcasing some of the unique and interesting people, places and objects that define our city. The site features items of early history such as photographs of Six Mile Mary, the village of Lheidli, and images of sternwheelers, steam engines and the early days of our city. Some of the objects photographed in the archives of The Exploration Place have never been seen by the public.
Learn more about our history by clicking here: 100 Iconic Prince George People, Places and Objects
Prince George's first electric traffic light.
Heritage Places Award
The Heritage Places Award is presented annually, by the Prince George Heritage Commission, in recognition of the significant places in the history, growth and identity of Prince George. The following is a list of places that have received the award:
If you know of a place that has contributed to the historic identity of Prince George please call 250-561-7640 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Elder, of the Prince George Heritage Commission (left) presenting
the 2016 Heritage Places Award to Paul Williams from McInnis Lighting.
The City is creating an official register of heritage properties based on its existing heritage inventory and submissions from the public. The following information answers questions commonly asked about heritage registers.
What is a heritage register?
A heritage register is an official list of properties identified by the City of Prince George as having heritage value or character.
What does it do?
A heritage register is intended to:
- Officially list the heritage resources of Prince George.
- Give notice to property owners and potential buyers of heritage factors (e.g. historical, architectural, and aesthetic) which may affect development options for a listed property; and
- Enable monitoring of proposed changes to properties through the local government licensing and permit application process.
Inclusion of a property on a community heritage register does not in itself constitute permanent heritage protection. The register may, however, be used to "flag" properties for possible future protection.
Heritage Register Nomination Form: click here
Heritage Register Properties
Currently there are four (4) properties on the Prince George Heritage Register. Click on each property name to view the Statement of Significance.
In March 2007, Council directed the Commission to develop a Heritage Register. To view the Heritage Register Report to Council click here.
In June 2016, the Commission presented to Council to provide an update on the Heritage Regsiter and to recommend that City staff develop a formal procedure for administering the Heritage Register. City staff are working to develop a procedure that will provide clarity to property owners that are interested in adding their property to the Heritage Register.
2016 Report to Council: click here
2016 Presentation to Council: click here
Properties Protected under the Heritage Alteration Bylaw
- South Fort George School House (755 - 20th Ave in Fort George Park adjacent to The Exploration Place)
- Old Liquor Store (1188 Sixth Ave, Prince George, BC)
- Old Post Office (1294 - 3rd Ave, Prince George, BC)
- Ewert / King House (7th Ave, Prince George, BC)
Heritage Alteration Bylaw No. 8390 click here
Take a Walk Through History - Downtown Walking Tour brochure
The Downtown Walking Tour brochure is your guide to the 22 interpretive signs located throughout downtown Prince George. Pick up a brochure and follow the map for a walk through history! Brochures are available at City Hall, the Bob Harkins Branch of the Public Library and TourismPG.
Guided tours of Historic Prince George can be arranged through the Prince George Public Library at 250-563-9251.
Heritage Week 2013 - Trelle Morrow lecture on Prince George Architecture 1950 - 1970
Many interesting events and projects took place during Heritage Week in Prince George. Enthusiasm was high following an excellent talk by local architect and historian Trelle Morrow. Trelle spoke about architecture from 1950 - 1970 during a time when "form followed function" was one of the great dictums of Modern architecture. Prince George is home to many examples of buildings designed with Modern era influences. Trelle provided an interesting perspective on many of the public and private buildings he designed during this 20 year span. A big thanks to the Prince George Public Library for hosting this lecture.
Other Heritage Week events included:
- Production and distribution of a Heritage Homes post card
- Heritage homes display at the Public Library
- Presentation of the Heritage Places Award to the Crescents Community Association
- Presentation of the Heritage Commission's 2012 Annual Report to City Council
Jeff Elder, Prince George Heritage Commission with retired architect Trelle
Morrow speaking on Modern era influences in architecture from 1950 - 1970.
Prince George Heritage Context Study - 2010
Thanks to the efforts of the Prince George Heritage Commission and the City of Prince George, the City now has a Heritage Context Study Report. The project was conducted as a case study by the Heritage Branch of the Ministry of Tourism Culture and the Arts to develop a solid methodology for Context Studies in British Columbia. Both the Heritage Commission and the City of Prince George are very grateful to the Province for providing the time and expertise towards the development of a Heritage Context Study Report for Prince George. Background on the Prince George Heritage Context Study is available here for download, and the Study itself can be found under the Reports section of this webpage.
The Mission of the Prince George Heritage Commission is “To protect, conserve and interpret the heritage resources within the City by supporting, encouraging, and facilitating their proper conservation, maintenance and restoration”. The Commission may advise the Council on any matter relating to heritage conservation as set out in Part 27 of the Local Government Act.
The Commission shall investigate and report to Council on any building, structure, land, water, natural feature or flora within the City which the Commission considers may have historic, architectural, archaeological, geological, scenic or other heritage significance to the City of Prince George, or any such site referred to it by Council.
The Commission may undertake heritage education and awareness including raising funds for support of such activities and promoting the conservation of historic photos and heritage artifacts as public art. The Commission may review any matter and make recommendations to Council regarding input to any issue relating to any heritage outside the City, as it determines is appropriate within the context of supporting heritage conservation in general.
The Commission meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 12:00 pm in City Hall
The Prince George Heritage Commission is a body appointed by City Council.
Its mandate and governance is outlined in Bylaw #8133.
In 2006 the former Community Heritage Commission (now Prince George Heritage Commission) contracted the consulting firm of Donald Luxton and Associates to create a Heritage Strategic Plan. Click here for a pdf of the strategic plan.