Skateparktour.ca spreads east into Saskatchewan!

Long Awaited Eastward Expansion Finally Underway!

Lakewood For years, skateparktour.ca has wanted to move east into Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and this week, the first Saskatchewan parks are being added to Canada's best skatepark directory!  Hopefully 2014 will see Regina and Southern Saskatchewan parks added, as well as the many Manitoba parks that are worth stopping for on your cross-Canada road trips!

The first park, added today, is the Lions Skatepark in Saskatoon with the 7 Saskatoon skate spot sized facilities and the North Battleford skatepark soon to follow.

The weather is holding, barely, so before the winter snows fly get out on your skateboard or bike and shred as any parks as you can! 

Skateparks From Coast To Coast!

Skateparktour.ca Now Covers From Atlantic to Pacific

TurndownThanks to Rob from Turndown BMX Inc in St. Johns NL, who contacted Skateparktour.ca through facebook, skateparktour.ca now includes skateparks from across the breadth of the massive country.  Turndown is the most easterly park, listed on the indoor page, while 5189 km (calculated, not actually measured) west is the Tuff City skatepark in Tofino is the most westerly park in our country.  Hopefully someday skateparktour.ca will include photo tours of all the parks in Canada, but for today we'll celebrate this new listing symbolizing the gathering of Canadian skateparks from coast to coast in one directory!

6 BC Skateparks added to Skateparktour.ca

Some are new, some are old, here is an eclectic mix of BC skateparks now available on Skateparktour.ca, bringing the total number of BC skateparks on the site to 116.  Check them out

 

Mackin Park Skatepark

Mackin Park Skatepark - Coquitlam BC

Brand new in August 2012, the skatepark is part of a major redevelopment project at Mackin Park which also includes a splash park.

Mercer Stadium Skatepark

Mercer Stadium Skatepark - New Westminster BC

An older park with few of the usual street features found today, Mercer Stadium features bowls and snake run like terrain and colourful graffiti. 

 Sechelt Skatepark

 Sechelt Skatepark - Sechelt BC

Another older skatepark, this one in the Sunshine Coast community of Sechelt.  Located on the side of a hill below the local high school, the Sechelt skatepark has the kind of big features common in the era that the park was designed in.

 

Thompson Skatepark

Thompson Skatepark - Richmond BC

One of the newest and most unique skatepark designs around, the Thompson Community Centre Skatepark is definitely interesting and worthy of a visit if your travels take you to Richmond.

Yarrow Skatepark - Chilliwack BC

Yarrow Skatepark - Chilliwack BC

The Yarrow skatepark was new in 2012 and replaces an older skatepark on the same site.  A fun little park no doubt popular with the locals.

Willowbrook Skatepark, Langley BC

 Willowbrook Skatepark - Langley BC 

An old skatepark in a kind of out-of-the-way warehouse area, Willowbrook looks to have been maintained over the yeasrs for those who want to ride there.  The far pyramid suffers from a lack of run up / run out as it only has about 15-20 feet on the far side.  

Skateparktour.ca Reaches 175 Skateparks!

Lacombe Grand Opening actionSkateparktour.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.