Skateparktour.ca started back in 2006 with a Quicktime virtual tour of Shaw Millennium Park in Calgary. The plan was to market virtual tours to businesses and the Mills tour was intended to be a demo. In the summer of 2006, during a holiday trip into BC, web searches turned up a bunch of skateparks along the route and by the end of the trip, photos of some 30 skateparks had been taken and the idea of Skateparktour.ca was born. Skateparktour.ca would be a web directory where skaters on road trips could easily find the skateparks along the way, and see the park before they departed so they'd know if it was worth stopping at. That purpose still hasn't changed.
With the addition of the Lumby Skatepark in Lumby BC this week, Skateparktour.ca now includes 175 skateparks in BC and Alberta. That total includes only skateparks with dedicated pages on the site, not those indoor skateparks on the indoor page where all there is are links to their website. The 175 park total includes 64 Alberta skateparks and 111 skateparks in BC, and that's not the end of it yet. There are at least 16 more BC skateparks and another 22 Alberta parks on the radar screen, not to mention the long awaited (and expensive) trip to Saskatchewan and Manitoba to add those provinces too.
Almost all of the photos taken for Skateparktour.ca were taken by one person but some fantastic people have submitted photos of parks in distant areas so they can be included too. Special thanks to Mike from Fort McMurray who is collecting photos of the three parks there so those going to live and work in the oil sands can find the skateparks there too.
Skateparktour.ca has proven to be a very popular and useful tool for skaters and BMX'ers living and travelling in Western Canada. More skateparks are coming, and if you know of any that aren't yet included on Skateparktour.ca, please use the contact page to pass the information along, or to summit photos of your favourite park.
Some holes in skateparktour.ca's coverage of Vancouver Island have been filled after a recent trip to the island. Four more skateparks have been added, including Duncan and Ladysmith, as well as two Nanaimo skateparks, the Bowen Bowl, and Rotary Skatepark (AKA Pioneer).
There are more skateparks coming to skateparktour.ca as a result of this trip. Photos of the new Mount Pleasant skate spot as well as skateparks in Coldstream and Lumby are being processed and will be added to skateparktour.ca in the near future.