On this day, August 20 2006, Skateparktour.ca went live for the very first time! At the top of each page was this header, featuring the first generation logo designed by a graphic artist from somewhere in the Maritimes. He came highly recommended and he eventually provided the much improved 2nd generation logo a couple of years later, which is still in use today.
The initial idea behind skateparktour.ca was to let skaters check out skateparks using virtual tours developed in the then popular, QuicktimeVR. Visitors could click and drag to "turn" on a spot to see the park, and click on "hot spots" to see the park from that location.
The QuicktimeVR tours were time consuming to create, but they were pretty cool and gave visitors lot of control over how they explored the skatepark. In time, technology evolved and QuicktimeVR is no longer supported by modern browsers. Many parks have ben switched to the new slideshow format and in time, all of the remaining parks will be converted as well.
QuicktimeVR is gone but the purpose of Skateparktour.ca remains the same, to let the various skatepark user communities (skaters, BMX'ers, inline skaters, mountain bikers, and yes, even scooter kids, check out skateparks near where they live and travel so they can fid and ride parks that appeal to them. Skateparks are public facilities and none of the user groups is going away, so let's have fund doing what we enjoy, and let others do the same. Skateparktour.ca promotes respect and sharing of skateparks by everyone!
Lots of people have commented that they use Skateparktour.ca to check out skateparks, and some have used the site to plan their own road trips. The skater in the photo below from Hay City Slam in Olds in 2014, is from the Okanagan. He and his family planned and documented summer holiday trips in 2014 and 2015 using Skateparktour.ca!
By the end of the first year Skateparktour.ca had about 30 skateparks in BC and Alberta. There are now 211 skateparks in BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan on the site, plus a popular indoor skatepark page linking to indoor skateparks that stretch from Newfoundland to BC. It is a challenge to keep up to the construction of new skateparks, but the aim is to have every skatepark in BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan included, and to expand across Canada. If your local skatepark is not included, please consider submitting photos to skateparktour.ca so others can know about your park too!