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, Chair, Prince George Heritage Commission with retired architect Trelle
Morrow speaking on Modern era influences in architecture from 1950 - 1970.
Heritage Week 2013 - Heritage Places Award to Crescents Neighbourhood
The Crescents Community Association has been awarded the 2013 Heritage Citation Historic Places Award. A plaque was presented to Association Chair, Doug Jeffrey, during a special ceremony held during the Seedy Saturday event at The Exploration Place as part of the efforts to mark Heritage Week. In presenting the award, Prince George Heritage Commission member, Dr. Valerie Giles, said the Crescents neighbourhood is one of the best examples in Prince George of the "City Beautiful" movement that began in the late 19th century as a plan to develop communities. The movement began in the United States and spread across North America. Dr. Giles says the Boston architechtural firm contracted to design Fort George incorporated its principles in the "horseshoe" shaped streets that make up the Crescents. This design was meant to help make the neighbourhood a pleasant, beautiful and liveable place. The Crescents neighbourhood has many examples of heritage homes.
Dr. Valerie Giles, member of the Prince George Heritage Commission presenting
the 2013 Heritage Places Award to Doug Jeffrey from the Crescents Community
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.