Keep your eyes open for this icon on Skateparktour.ca
Clicking on this icon will open up a new tab or window with a view of the skatepark compatible with immersive VR glasses.
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:
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!
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!
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 is a cool neighbourhood plaza style park ,V shaped park with stairs, rails, ledges and a tight quarter.
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 is a fun neighbourhood park with a mellow bank to barrier, ledge/manny combo, wedge, hip, rail, hubba and quarter
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!
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.
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.
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 in skateparks across Canada, and enjoy skateboarding, BMX, Mountain biking, scootering, inline skating, or wheelchair freestyle!
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!