Hippocampe all terrain wheelchair

Cape Breton Regional Library is offering loan of a Hippocampe wheelchair so you can get on the beach, trails, and parks.

How to borrow

Starting June 1st 2024 the Hippocampe will be available from the McConnell Library in Sydney. To reserve, phone 902-562-3161 during library open hours. First time Hippocampe borrowers must review Hippocampe set-up and use instructions with staff at the McConnell Library in Sydney, this could take 15-20 minutes.

Equipment available

Adult sized hippocampe with all-terrain wheels or Balloon tires (for beach or snow).


The Hippocampe can only be borrowed by Adults (18 years old and older.) The borrower must read the Hippocampe Loan Procedures and must sign the CBRL Equipment Loan Form each time they borrow the Hippocampe.

Loan period

 The equipment can be borrowed for 1 week.


The Hippocampe is designed to accommodate anyone between 5’5″ and 6′. Maximum weight 286 lbs.

You will need a vehicle that can accommodate a large hockey-style bag, approximately 2 x 6 feet. If you borrow the balloon tires you will need space for another 2×3 feet bag. The Hippocampe weighs approximately 50 lbs.


This video demonstrates how to unpack and set-up the Hippocampe. Library staff will also demonstrate when you reserve the Hippocampe for the first time. Written instructions for set-up are also included in the Hippocampe Loan Procedures document.

What can the Hippocampe be used for?

This video demonstrates using the Hippocampe at the beach with both the regular wheels and the balloon wheels.