Cape Breton Regional Library

Recreation Equipment

Libraries in CBRM and in Victoria County are embracing the outdoors with new loan programs offered through public libraries.


Available at McConnell Library or by request to your local branch

  • Tennis Rackets (available in 4 different youth sizes and standard adult size)
  • Hiking/Walking Poles

Hiking/Walking Poles are also available at Baddeck Library and Victoria North Regional Library in Ingonish.

Winter Recreation Equipment

The Library has a new program in CBRM that lends sports equipment, including snowshoes and poles for the winter and tennis rackets in the summer. Thanks to a grant from the Central Cape Breton Community Health Board, the Library has been able to purchase sports equipment that can be loaned out to individuals and families in CBRM at no cost.

The following equipment is available at McConnell Library in Sydney:

  • Snowshoes (children’s and adult sizes)
  • Trekking Poles (for hiking and snowshoeing)

The snowshoes come in a variety of sizes for all members of the family and can be borrowed free of charge for one week.

Snowshoes are housed at McConnell Library in Sydney but can picked up at any Cape Breton County library branch. Phone McConnell Library at 902-562-3161 for details.


Victoria County Active Gear Loan

The Victoria County Active Gear Loan Program in partnership with Naturally Active Victoria County, Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage, and Cape Breton Regional Library offers a variety of recreational equipment to library users in Victoria County for a one week loan period.

The following equipment is available at Baddeck Public Library:

  • Snowshoes with poles – (children’s to adult sizes)
  • Cross-Country Skis, boots, and poles – children’s (Age 8 &up) to adult sizes
  • Ice Traction Cleats
  • Walking Poles


Please phone Baddeck Public Library at 902-295-2055 to check availability.
Pick-up on Victoria County Bookmobile or Victoria North Regional Public Library (Ingonish) can also be arranged by phoning the Baddeck Public Library.