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Did you know you can borrow snowshoes from the library?

Snowshoeing is a great winter activity you can do almost anywhere. Our snowshoes work great on or off-trail.

Snowshoe FAQ

Where can I borrow snowshoes from?

Snowshoes are available to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis at the following library branches:

  • McConnell Library – Sydney. 902-562-3161
  • Baddeck Library.  902-295-2055
  • Glace Bay Library 902-849-8657
  • North Sydney Library 902-794-3272
  • New Waterford Library 902-862-2892
  • Victoria North Regional Library – Ingonish.  902-285-2544

Can I reserve snowshoes in advance?

Our snowshoes are available on a first-come first-served basis. We do not take reservations in advance. Drop-by any of the listed libraries or phone the branch to set aside a pair of snowshoes for same day pick-up. 

What sizes are available?

Multiple sizes from children’s through to adult are available, from size 17 (for individuals up to 80 pounds) to size 24 (for individuals up to 250 pounds).

How many snowshoes can I borrow?

Our snowshoe loan program is set-up for personal and family use. You may borrow a maximum of 3 pairs of snowshoes can be borrowed on one library card. Parents/guardians may borrow for themselves and their children. Adults should borrow snowshoes on their own library card and each adult borrower will have to sign a copy of our Sports Equipment Loan Agreement.

How long can I borrow the snowshoes for?

Once picked-up you can use the snowshoes for one week, but early returns are encouraged! All snowshoes and poles should be returned to the library branch you borrowed them from. All snowshoes must be returned directly to library staff during library open hours.

Can I renew snowshoes?

No. There are no renewals for snowshoes.

Can I borrow poles with the snowshoes?

A pair of trekking poles are available to borrow along with each set of snowshoes.

Does the library have other Winter equipment to borrow?

  • Cross Country Skis, (Baddeck Library only)
  • Ice Traction Cleats (Baddeck Library only)
  • Walking Poles.