The Canada Day Skate Competition is a Whitehorse tradition. For over 10 years, BYTE (Bringing Youth Towards Equality) has organized the event at the Second Heaven Skate Park in Whitehorse. However, this year was an exception – the competition still took place on July 1st, but for the first time, the event went on the road and skaters of all ages flocked to the Yáan át lòon gooch (Look Out Hill) Skatepark in Carcross.
The Carcross skatepark officially opened to the public September of 2018, and has been a popular spot for territory skaters, scooter riders and BMX riders alike. The competition drew about a dozen skaters, mostly from Whitehorse as well as over 40 spectators from the community and beyond. Given the age, and dilapidated state of the Whitehorse Skatepark the change of location offered some exciting new opportunities for the skaters who travelled to the community for the event.