Mr. PG is the official mascot of Prince George, BC, Canada. This giant log man was first constructed in 1960 as a symbol of the importance of the forest industry to Prince George. Originally 40’ tall (12m) and made of spruce wood, the mascot was built to ride on a float in the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) parade in Vancouver, and was the prizewinner for best float. On the parade float, Mr. PG was hinged so it could bend down when the float encountered high wires. It could also speak. In between appearances, Mr. PG was kept on display at The Chamber of Commerce building and was later moved to the Tourist Information Centre.
In 1983, this PG’s iconic sculpture began to deteriorate and rot. In the summer of 1983, a reconstructed Mr. PG was erected. The new Mr. PG had a yellow hardhat and a time capsule filled with memorabilia representing Prince George in 1983 in its chest. The current height is 8.138 meters (27′) with his head 1.5 metres in diameter. The statue is constructed of fiberglass and sheet metal painted to look like wood.
On July 6, 2009, Mr. P.G. was one of five roadside attractions featured on the first series of the Canadian Roadside Attractions Series issued by Canada Post stamps. It’s currently standing at the intersection of Hwy 16 and Hwy 97, next to Prince George Playhouse.
Map and Driving Direction
Exact location of Mr. PG statue (parking lot) is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map (click EXTERNAL LINK below to view map).