It's back to the future for Skateparktour.ca as virtual tours return to skateparktour.ca after an absence of a few years!
When Skateparktour.ca first went live back in 2006 visitors were able to explore the skateparks using virtual tours created using Apple's ground breaking QuicktimeVR. The interactive nature of QuicktimeVR let people explore skateparks in an immersive tour, almost as if they were there in person standing on the spot. As technology advanced, QuicktimeVR was left behind and eventually stopped working and Skateparktour.ca had to switch to slide shows to showcase Canada's skateparks. Thanks to the development of affordable spherical cameras and HTML5, virtual tours are back on Skateparktour.ca, and they are bigger, better, and more immersive than ever before!
The new virtual tours come with a set of controls you can use to explore the skatepark. On phones and devices, gestures also work, and you can look around the skatepark by moving your phone too! Clicking/tapping on icons in the tour will take you to that location in the skatepark.
Converting all of the parks to virtual tours will take time because the Skateparktour team is very small and has a limited travel budget. So far 26 (almost 10%) of skateparks have had virtual tours created so far. Here is the list:
Recently Sidney BC replaced their old skatepark with a new, modern, concrete skatepark by Newline Skateparks, and it has replaced the old park on Skateparktour.ca! The new Sidney skatepark page is one of the first on the site that uses a virtual tour rather than a slideshow to show you the park. Please tell us what you think of the new virtual tours, and the new Sidney skatepark!
Rock The Rails includes Skate, BMX, & Scooter competitions as well as:
Schools and skateparks don't usually mix. Schools offer the usual sports like volleyball, basketball, and badminton while their skaters, BMX'ers, and scooter riders leave the school to do what they enjoy. This past June, Delburne Centralized School showed for the second straight year, that schools and skateparks CAN work. The success of their Ghost Ryders Invitational Skatepark Competition is a challenge to schools to include their action sports enthusiasts in school activities as well!