Two Peace Country Skateparks Added To Skateparktour.ca

If you live or travel in Alberta’s Peace River country, you’ll want to check out these two skateparks!

Thanks to an anonymous well travelled skater and Skateparktour.ca fan, two Peace Country skateparks have been added to the site. Both the Swan Hills Skatepark and Q Skate Plaza in High Prairie are quality, modern, concrete skateparks that any community anywhere would like to have. Take a look on Skatearktour.ca then plan a session next time you visit the area.

Swan Hills Skatepark:

Swan Hills SkateparkA  small town with a fun, interesting, concrete skatepark worth stopping at if you’re in the area!


High Prairie Skatepark:

High Prairie SkateparkAbout an hour and ahalf (148 km) north and west of Swan Hills is The Q Skate Plaza in High Prairie. “The Q” is a large (for a small town) 9000 Sq Ft park with a variety of street and transition features.

The New Skateparktour.ca Is Live!

New mobile site

The new homepage on a mobile phone, showing the interactive map!

After a long planning process and hours of transferring skatepark information from the old site, the new Skateparktour.ca is live for all to see an use! There is still almost 100 skateparks yet to be transferred, but they will come in the next few weeks. It is time for a new look and improved functionality!

The first two generations of skateparktour.ca was developed using WYSIWYG editors, Adobe Go LIve then Dreamweaver. About 6 years ago the site move to the Joomla CMS, which brought a new level of technical sophistication to skateparktour, but with the growth in the use of mobile devices, it was time for the Joomla site to be replaced.

This brings us to the end of March 2018 and the unveiling of the new WordPress version of skateparktour.ca! The site uses Divi, a responsive theme that adjusts the way skateparktour is displayed depending on the device bring used to view it. The most important design features include:

  • The use of facets to narrow the search for skateparks based on your criteria
  • the ability to search using an interactive map or a list
  • Responsive display of the virtual tours and photo tours. No more extending beyond the device!
  • Readable text
  • More easily read and utilized menus for site navigation

Screen shot of the old site on a mobile phone.

All of these features mean skateparktour.ca will be a more effective tool to find skateparks near where you live and where you are traveling. More features are planned, and we’re open to your suggestions and feedback, so don’t hesitate to contact skateparktour.ca!

Now if the snow would just go away, we can all get into our skateparks and have a great time in 2018!





360º Tour Transition Starts

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!


Here’s a sample: Chuck Bailey Skatepark in Surrey BC


Using the VR Tour

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.


 Conversion will take time!

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:


BC 360º Skatepark Tours as of September 22, 2017
  1. Chuck Bailey Youth Park, Surrey BC
  2. Cloverdale Youthpark Surrey BC
  3. Guildford Youth Park – Surrey BC
  4. Ladner Skatepark, Delta BC
  5. Mouat Skatepark – Abbotsford BC
  6. Thomas Haney Youthpark, Maple Ridge BC
  7. Penzer Pump Track
  8. Queensborough All Wheel Park, New Westminster BC
  9. Sidney Skatepark, Sidney BC
  10. Vic West Skatepark – Victoria BC


Alberta 360º Skatepark Tours as of September 22, 2017
  1. Blackfalds Optimists All Wheel Park, Blackfalds AB
  2. Carstairs Regional Skatepark, Carstairs AB
  3. CKE Skatespot, Calgary AB
  4. Crossfield Skatepark, Crossfield AB
  5. Lacombe Skatepark, Lacombe AB
  6. Legacy Skatepark , Langdon AB
  7. McKernan Skate spot, Edmonton AB
  8. Midnapore Skatepark, Calgary AB
  9. New Brighton Skatepark – Calgary AB
  10. Town of Olds Skatepark – Olds AB
  11. Hamilton\’s Skatepark, Ponoka AB
  12. Red Deer Rotary Skatepark, Red Deer AB
  13. Rimbey Skatepark, Rimbey AB
  14. Southwood Skatepark, Calgary AB
  15. Sylvan Lake Optimist Action Sports Zone, Sylvan Lake AB
  16. Wetaskiwin Skatepark, Wetaskiwin AB