Back in 2006, looking for places to build sample QuicktimeVR virtual tours of, a tour of Shaw Millennium Park was created. While working on the virtual tour and planing for a holiday trip into BC, I wondered if there were any more skateparks I could make virtual tours for. After returning from the holiday I had photos of about 30 skateparks and skateparktour.ca was born! Over the past 8 years, the site has grown to 202 skateparks in BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan and it has become an important tool for many and a heavily visited website.
This summer while taking photos at the Hay City Slam BMX,comp, and Skate comp, I met a family from the Okanagan that was doing their own skatepark tour using skateparktour.ca to plan their trip. The kids' Mom showed me the book they were putting together on the trip, and the skatepark lists from the site where they would check off the parks they had visited. Hearing the stories of their trip and seeing the enthusiasm everyone in the family had for skateboarding and for checking out the skateparks was gratifying and rewarding to say the least. This is the vision that has driven the development of skateparktour.ca for the past 8 years, people having fun, being active, following their passion, and exploring skateparks
Along the way I've been able to provide information and varying degrees of support for groups advocating for new skateparks where they live. Several of these have turned into new, concrete skateparks. The Skatepark Advocacy section includes some original research as well as links to resources and the work of others striving for the same goals so other groups can benefit from the experiences of others. There are still plenty of communities needing new parks and skateparktour.ca is happy to support them whenever possible.
The future is just as exciting for skateoarktour.ca as the past 8 years have been. Later this year, skateparktour.ca is proud to be park of an initiative to help grow skateboarding by certifying people to effectively teach beginner and intermediate skaters so they can have even more fun and progress their skills faster. More BC skateparks will be added this fall, and there is hope for a photo trip to Manitoba and southern Saskatchewan as well. Eastward expansion has been a goal for several years, and a few Saskatchewan Skateparks including the Lions Skatepark, Saskatoon SK were added in 2013. A mobile site is also in the plans, depending on available time and money.
Thank you for your support for skateparktour.ca, for sharing the site with your friends (no matter what kind of wheels they ride!), and for being a fan of Facebook, twitter, and Instagram. Here's to many more years for western Canada's most complete skatepark directory!