Cougar Statue
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Plaque Unveiling Scheduled for Today

The Town of Hinton is proud to announce the completion of the 60th Anniversary Legacy Project, our Green Square Cougar Statue. To recognize this occasion, a plaque unveiling will be held on September 14 at 1:30 at the cougar statue site.

ToH Sign - Old - Cougar on top


The Cougar became a sort of mascot for Hinton in the late eighties and early nineties, after an adult cougar chose our community sign as a cozy spot to recline in the sun, and was photographed. That photograph became synonymous with our community, becoming our official animal and mascot as Athacat, now a presence at many local events.

Roy and Mackin with The Timber Kings

Making a Statue

In 2014, local resident and craftsman Roger Roy began exploring the idea of making it official with a statue in a public space. Roy searched out options for the cougar, considering many factors, including material. The best option, and most fitting considering Hinton's long standing ties to the forest industry, was a wood carving. And one of the best purveyors of such carvings is Pioneer Log Homes, also known as "the Timber Kings". Pioneer is well known to many Canadians, thanks to their Timber and Carver Kings Programs.

In 2015, Roy pitched his idea to council, and in 2016, it was a part of the budget. But it was not just the Town of Hinton who funded this icon for the community. The statue received magnanimous support from many local supporters, who are listed below, both in terms of financial support and gifts in kind. In total, $60,000 dollars was budgeted from the 2016 and 2017 Town of Hinton Capital budgets, with $12,000 raised in the community to support the project. Total costs are currently estimated to sit at $58,000, less contribution both in kind and in cash, resulting in a total estimated cost to the Town of Hinton of $46,000. The final statue sits larger than the original estimated costs, with a roof and engineered structural basin larger than originally imagined; it is now secure, protected, and serves to mark the cougars place in a way that cannot be missed by any passerby. 


This project is completed thanks to the support of all of our sponsors. Thank you to everyone that was apart of the project, including:

  • Remax
  • Stetson Hinton GM
  • Shirley and Roger Roy and Family
  • Sound Scaffolding inc. 
  • West Fraser Mills ltd. 
  • Shell
  • Jasper Gates Resort and RV Park
  • Hinton Optometry Clinic
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Ouiprint
  • Northland Maintenance

We invite all sponsors to be present at the unveiling, as well as all Hintonites, to be apart of the legacy event.

Find out more about the project, and view our photo gallery online, by clicking here. 

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