I’m pleased to announce that we just restored the list of nearby restaurants, bars, coffee places, and gas stations to almost 4,700 arena information pages on RinkAtlas. This capability is one of the signature features of RinkAtlas, and something that we tweak constantly in order to provide the best possible information to our users across North America.
Mission accomplished! RinkAtlas now contains every arena in Canada to go along with our comprehensive directory of American rinks.
The journey to this point began about one year ago. I want to thank my family who gave me the opportunity to focus, my friends who funded the RinkAtlas Kickstarter Project, the friends who shared arena photos from the Alaskan Arctic to South Florida, and everyone who asked me how things were going in person or online. Your support has made this achievement possible.
There is much more to come in the quest to build a directory of the most useful information about North American ice arenas. But getting to the point where all of the states, provinces, and territories were equally represented was Job One.
We completed our arena directory for Ontario today!
RinkAtlas.com now covers over 900 arenas and park rinks in Ontario, from Kenora in the west to Hawkesbury in the east. We also have over 1,000 arenas and park rinks listed in Quebec & the Maritimes.
Next we’re building a complete directory of arenas in Manitoba.
We’re pleased to announce that we’ve added information to the directory entries for arenas in the French-speaking areas of Canada to allow RinkAtlas users to search according to the city and arena names as they are typically spelled in either French or English.
This means that arenas like “Aréna de Bernières Saint-Rédempteur” in Saint-Rédempteur, Québec can be searched for by typing any of the following:
- Aréna de Bernières Saint-Rédempteur
- Arena de Bernieres Saint Redempteur
- Arena de Bernieres St. Redempteur
We also created alternative city names, so that arenas in Montréal, for example, can be found by searching:
- Montréal, QC
- Montreal, QC
Arenas in Quebec City, which is referred to simply as “Québec” in French, can be found by searching:
- Québec, QC
- Quebec, QC
- Quebec City, QC
We hope that this solves a number of issues with arena and city searches that relate to the bilingual nature of RinkAtlas’ arena directory. We hope to eventually fully localize the RinkAtlas application to support French as well as English.
Thank you for your support of RinkAtlas!
We completed the arena directory for New Brunswick today. There are 95 arenas in New Brunswick and 2 closed arenas that some websites still show as if they are open.
RinkAtlas now has all of the indoor arenas in the Maritimes in its database. This includes every arena in Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick.
We’re now moving on to work on the directory for the Québec.
Some RinkAtlas users may notice that we list some arenas by multiple versions of their names. In some situations, there was sometimes little difference between the versions of the arenas’ names.
An example is Réal-Boudreau Centre in Beresford, New Brunswick. We now list this arena as:
The reason we did this was because the database underlying RinkAtlas is aware of all international characters and it considers “é” to be a different letter than “e”. At one point in the development of our directory, we listed the arena’s name both ways, so English speakers would be able to find the arena without first figuring out how to type “é”.
We solved this problem by creating additional metadata that you cannot see which shows any possible alternate spellings for the name of the arena. We’ve gone back through the database and made the displayed name for the arena the name of the arena in the primary language of the area.
We hope that this clarifies the way we are managing arena names currently within RinkAtlas.
We completed the arena directory for Nova Scotia today. There are 77 arenas in Nova Scotia and 3 closed arenas that some websites still show as if they are open.
Our goal with RinkAtlas is to provide the most accurate directory of currently operating North American hockey arenas possible, so where it was necessary, we confirmed the status of arenas which might have closed.
We’re now moving on to work on the directory for the New Brunswick.
Today I’m relaunching the RinkAtlas blog on our new website. This blog actually launched July 24, 2006, but has been on hiatus since I relaunched the main RinkAtlas website.
Adding a blog to RinkAtlas gives us the opportunity to write articles about arenas that deserve more attention, and current events that are important to the hockey community. I’m working on ways to directly integrate blog posts into the directory, so you can see articles related to each arena.
Please note that searches for Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex in Rochester, NY are not working correctly through the search box at the top of the RinkAtlas home page. We are aware of the problem.
You can find this arena by visiting the following URL:
We’re sorry for the error and we will work to correct the problem soon.
We updated the RinkAtlas database this morning to reflect changes to the home pages for 22 rinks in Massachusetts that are managed by FMC Ice Sports. If you are a RinkAtlas user in Massachusetts, then this may help you to get more information about the rinks that FMC manages for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation from Plymouth to Greenfield.