Got VR Glasses? Here's A New Way To Explore Skateparks

Keep your eyes open for this icon on Skateparktour.ca VR Icon 

Clicking on this icon will open up a new tab or window with a view of the skatepark compatible with immersive VR glasses.

 

Kaskitayo Skatepark - Edmonton AB

Virtual tours designed for VR glasses have two images, one for each eye, which move together. The target icons are links to other locations in the park, just like in regular virtual tours

 

All skateparks with virtual tours will have the VR glasses tours added this week, and all new virtual tours will have VR glass compatible tours added at the same time. As of today, the parks with the VR glasses tours include:

 

 

Blackfalds Optimists All Wheel Park, Blackfalds AB

Chuck Bailey Youth Park, Surrey BC

Cloverdale Youthpark Surrey BC

Kaskitayo Skatepark - Edmonton AB

New Brighton Skatepark - Calgary AB

Sidney Skatepark, Sidney BC

The Compound Indoor Skatepark, Calgary AB

Town of Olds Skatepark - Olds AB

 

360º Tour Transition Starts

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!

 

Here's a sample: Chuck Bailey Skatepark in Surrey BC 

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Using the VR Tour

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.

 

 Conversion will take time!

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:

 

BC 360º Skatepark Tours as of September 22, 2017
  1. Chuck Bailey Youth Park, Surrey BC
  2. Cloverdale Youthpark Surrey BC
  3. Guildford Youth Park - Surrey BC
  4. Ladner Skatepark, Delta BC
  5. Mouat Skatepark - Abbotsford BC
  6. Thomas Haney Youthpark, Maple Ridge BC
  7. Penzer Pump Track
  8. Queensborough All Wheel Park, New Westminster BC
  9. Sidney Skatepark, Sidney BC
  10. Vic West Skatepark - Victoria BC

 

Alberta 360º Skatepark Tours as of September 22, 2017
  1. Blackfalds Optimists All Wheel Park, Blackfalds AB
  2. Carstairs Regional Skatepark, Carstairs AB
  3. CKE Skatespot, Calgary AB
  4. Crossfield Skatepark, Crossfield AB
  5. Lacombe Skatepark, Lacombe AB
  6. Legacy Skatepark , Langdon AB
  7. McKernan Skate spot, Edmonton AB
  8. Midnapore Skatepark, Calgary AB
  9. New Brighton Skatepark - Calgary AB
  10. Town of Olds Skatepark - Olds AB
  11. Hamilton\'s Skatepark, Ponoka AB
  12. Red Deer Rotary Skatepark, Red Deer AB
  13. Rimbey Skatepark, Rimbey AB
  14. Southwood Skatepark, Calgary AB
  15. Sylvan Lake Optimist Action Sports Zone, Sylvan Lake AB
  16. Wetaskiwin Skatepark, Wetaskiwin AB

New Sidney BC Skatepark now on Skateparktour.ca!

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!

Schools and Skateparks, Delburne Shows It Can Work!

Schools and Skateparks don't usually mix

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!

 

Ontario Skate Competitions 2017

 

Updated:2017-06-24 

Skateparktour.ca has received a list of skate comps planned in Ontario for the summer of 2017. The details are limited but this page will be updated as soon as additional details are provided.

If you are organizing a competition in a skatepark (for Skate, BMX, scooter, or inline), please contact Skateparktour.ca so we can spread the word!

 

Mississauga, ON - June 14, 2017

  • Iceland Skatepark, 705 Matheson BLVD E
  • Details from  Zumiez

 

 

Peterborough, ON - June 21, 2017

  • Peterborough Skatepark

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

Switch Skate Shop, Ajax, ON - June 24th, 2017

  • Jam format,
  • Best Trick.
  • Contact: Switch Skate & Snow, 161 Harwood Ave North Ajax, Ontario, L1Z OA1
    905-426-3321
    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    www.switchnow.ca
    instagram/twitter: @switchsteez
    fb group: Switch Skate & Snow

Kiwanis Park, London, ON - July 1st, 2017

 

Beasley Park, Hamilton, ON - July 8 and 9, 2017

  • 25th Annual Comp,
  • Jam Format,
  • Best Trick

 

 Kenora, ON - July 9, 2017

  • Jam format,
  • Best Trick.

 

Campbellford, ON - Aug 12, 2017

 

  • Skate Jam format,
  • Best Trick.

 

Sk8fest, Alexandria, ON -Aug 12, 2017

  • Games of S-K-A-T-E,
  • Gap Transfer Competition.

  

Thunder Bay, ON - August 27, 2017

  • Thunder Bay Skateboard Coalition.

 

"This must be the Place" Kincardine, ON - TBA September/October 2017

  • Skate Jam,
  • Best Trick

 

 

 

 

Ontario Skateparks Added With The Help Of Local Partners

4 Ontario Skateparks Added This Week

Being based in Central Alberta with a limited travel budget makes it a challenge to include skateparks from across Canada, but with the help of some local partners in Ontario, Skatearktour.ca has been able to grow our Ontario presence to include 18 skateparks in the past few months. 

Old Balls Skateboard Co. got the wheels rolling when our friend Mike B moved east and offered to provide skatepark photos from his Ontario travels starting last summer. So far, Old Balls has added 14 skateparks to Skateparktour.ca, including some in Winnipeg from Mikes long eastward drive.

Spott Dreams of Skateparks is a blog that features photos and comments about skateparks mainly in Ontario, but including some from other provinces too. When blogger Scott L noticed that Skateparktour.ca was adding Ontario parks to its directory he offered to provide photos from parks he has travelled to! In the first few weeks of 2017, Scott has added 5 parks to Skateparktour.ca, 4 from Ontario and one from Manitoba.

Here are some of the newest parks added to Skateparktour.ca in the past week with photos from Spott Dreams of Skateparks:

 

 St. Marys Skatepark, St. Marys Ontario

St Marys is a cool neighbourhood plaza style park ,V shaped park with stairs, rails, ledges and a tight quarter.

 

 
St Marys Skatepark

 

Algoport Skate & BMX Park, Port Colborne ON

The Port Colborne skatepark is a huge park, shaped like a freighter passing through the nearby locks, with a plaza, transition, flow and bowl features to keep everybody entertained!

Nobleton Skatepark, Nobleton ON

 Nobleton is a fun neighbourhood park with a mellow bank to barrier, ledge/manny combo, wedge, hip, rail, hubba and quarter

 

Tecumseh Skatepark, Tecumseh ON 

Tecumseh is an excellent larger skatepark featuring hand rails, ledges, hubbas, stairs, step-ups, bank to barrier, mini-ramp with a huge extension and more.

Skateparktour.ca also has a couple of photo contributors in other provinces. One on Vancouver Island, is the parent of a young skatepark user, while another is a western Canada based rep for one of the major industry brands, who forward photos of parks taken on his trips through Alberta and Saskatchewan. If you would be willing to contribute photos of your local park, or parks where you travel, please contact Skateparktour.ca!

Happy New Year 2017!

Happy New Year To ALL Skatepark Users!

 Skateparktour.ca wishes a very happy and healthy new year to everyone who enjoys skateparks in 2017! Whether you ride a scooter, a bike, or a skateboard, we hope you have fun and your skills progress every time you go to a skatepark!  Skateparktour.ca hopes to see more and more skateparks being built all over Canada, and hopefully this is the year that we leave behind any animosity to those who ride something other that what we do. The scene in every skatepark should be one of mutual respect, sharing, and having fun doing something we enjoy. 

Skateparktour.ca Redesign Planned

It has been a few years since the Skateparktour.ca look, feel, and content organization was revised, and a major redesign project is planned for 2017. The redesigned site will work better on mobile devices, and will be more useful to help you find and navigate to skateparks using your phone or tablet, and we hope to have it ready to launch early in this skatepark season.

More Skateparks To Be Added

Skateparktour.ca has over 50 more skateparks on the list to add when we can get to each park to take photos. We have a small network of contributors in 3 provinces who provide photos and park information, helping grow Skateparktour.ca and keep the directory information up-to-date. There are currently 248 skateparks on Skateparktour.ca, and each has been visited in person to provide photos and current information about the park. This makes Skateparktour.ca Canada's largest and most reliable skatepark directory, helping users find skateparks to ride wherever they live or travel

Have a great year!

Have a great year in skateparks across Canada, and enjoy skateboarding, BMX, Mountain biking, scootering, inline skating, or wheelchair freestyle!

Support Your Local Shop Or Park This Christmas!

This Christmas when you are gift shopping for family and friends, please remember to shop your local core skate, bike, and scooter shops and your local indoor skatepark (if you are lucky enough to have one in your town)! When we shop local, the profit generated from our purchase goes to local business owners and their families, not to huge multinational corporations or online retailers headquartered far away and often in a foreign country.

Local shops and parks are the ones who organize comps, demos, and video premieres.  They are the ones that will be there to support efforts to get a new skatepark in your community. The big mall stores rarely (if ever) invest time, effort, or money to build the local scene, they just move their profits to head office. 

Skateparktour.ca really appreciates the support of several excellent core shops over the past year, and two outstanding Canadian skatepark design  and construction companies. We want to recognize and thank these businesses for their help in keeping Skateparktour.ca alive and growing!