Equipment Loan Program

Antigonish County Recreation (ACR) offers an equipment loan program to incorporate its newly acquired adapted equipment. This program will allow all of ACR’s equipment to be loaned out without any financial or logistical barriers.

Equity of available programs and services in our community is of the utmost importance and ACR hopes to continue to support community members of all abilities in recreation pursuits. Our main goal with this program is to enhance accessibility in the community by increasing opportunities for fun and healthful recreation activities for people of all abilities.


Antigonish County Recreation offers a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) Loan Service to the public. Adult and child PFD’s are available in four different sizes: infant, child, youth and adult.


Adapted PFD-A combines the safety of other PFD’s while also providing extra head support. They allow the user to float while lying on the back. These PFD’s are very difficult to overturn because of their large surface width and they do not dip the head into water. They are safe, easily adjustable and fun! They are available in the following sizes: 1-XSS, 1-XS, 1-S, 1-M, 2-L


This lifejacket supports the upright position for disabled persons.  Lj-A is used by all people able to put themselves alone in the vertical position on the water.  This vest helps at the ventral position.  It provides superior stability to the front.  In cases where the person suffers from spasms or from underdeveloped bottom part of the body, it is suggested to use the PFD-A model for poly-handicaps.

community bags

These bags are great for family reunions, fun days, birthday parties and any other event in which you would like to have equipment for children. Bags may include: skipping ropes, balls, parachute, pylons, and/or hoola-hoops. Bag contents are subject to availability.

Yoga mats

Yoga mats are specially fabricated mats used as an aid during the practice of hatha yoga to prevent hands and feet slipping during asana practice. They are also commonly known as non-slip mats, non-skid mats or sticky mats. There are 12 yoga mats available

mobi chair

This adjustable floating wheelchair allows riders with low mobility to access the beach and enter the water.  It comes with an attached push bar on the back, large wheels to make maneuvering sand easier, and safety straps and belts keep riders with limited trunk control secure.  Wheels and arm rests act as floatation devices so the chair and rider may float in the water.  The Mobi Chair has a weight restriction of 300lbs.


A Hippocampe is an all terrain wheelchair that gives its rider the freedom to go anywhere and is designed to enable everyone to enjoy the great outdoors. The Hippocampe gives the rider accessibility to difficult terrain such as beach, snow, sand, mountains and swimming areas. This all-terrain wheelchair is lightweight, compact, waterproof, buoyant and can be pushed or self-propelled. The tires can replaced with skis for easier travel over snow. The Hippocampe has a weight restriction of 250-300lbs. There is one available.

walking/trekking poles

Nordic walking/trekking poles help you propel forward and upward while providing traction and stability. These new trekking poles have bell shaped hand grips for more stability and support. Nordic walking is a total body version of walking that can be enjoyed both by non-athletes as a health promoting physical activity, and by athletes as a sport. The activity is performed with specially designed walking poles similar to ski poles. There are 13 Trekking available and 21 walking available.

freedom concepts as2000 trike

This bike features rear steer, direct drive one speed, easy pedal power, parking brake, large footplates, hoop handlebar, high backrest, chest harness and bell.  This is an adult bike with 20″ tires.  Maximum weight is 225lbs.

triad tmx t-5

Is a robust tricycle for older children, it is fitted with 20″ wheels and has a caliper brake with parking brake feature. It is suitable for children with an overall height of 47″ (120cm) to 57″ (145cm) and maximum recommended weight is 150lbs.

fre dcp16

This tricycle is small enough for an average 7-year-old, but adaptable to fit most kids in their early teens. Direct drive and low gear ratios make pedaling easy for a beginner, yet challenging for and aggressive rider. inseam 20″-26″ maximum of 150lbs.

bicycles/scooters & helmets

We have an assortment of bicycles/scooters and helmets on hand for loan.  Bicycles available are Viper(20″), Ignitor(youth) 24″, Trek 13″, Norco 13″, Norco 15″, Monster 19″, Garneau 17″ and Garneau 24″.  The scooters we have available are Youth 80lbs-220lbs. for ages 8+ and the helmets come in sizes Childs(small), Youth(adjustable), Youth(multi-sport) and Adult(adjustable).

sports equipment

Various “Sports in a Bag” can be borrowed for up to one week at a time.  We currently have, available for loan, Sport in a Bag(Baseball), Sport in a Bag(Soccer), Sport in a Bag(Pickleball) and Sport in a Bag(Basketball).

water equipment

Stand Up Paddle Boards are owned by both Antigonish Town and County Rec.  We have SUPs available for loan.  The SUPs come with a high-pressure pump and pressure guage allowing you to quickly inflate your SUP anywhere.  All SUP’s have nose, tail and center carry handles, 3/4′ length diamond groove pad, elastic deck-rigging.  D-Ring for leash attachment, center fin, side fins.

adaptive canoe equipment

LASHING BARS Join two canoes together to create a super stable platform to fish, motor or sail on big waters.  CANOE STABILIZER FLOATS Designed to be easy to use, universal and keep your canoe stable and upright.  This is not a personal floatation device – always wear a PFD.  DROP IN SEAT Durable, lightweight seat is easy to assemble when you want to add an additional passenger to your canoe.  Made of a strong aluminum frame – holds up to 300lbs.


We have an assortment of miscellaneous items available to borrow.  Items include Toddler Tunnel, Sand Castle Kits and Stacking Cup Sets.

outdoor lawn games

A variety of lawn games are available for loan including BOCCE BALL, WASHER TOSS & HORSESHOES.

outdoor lawn games

A variety of lawn games are available for loan including JUMBO DICE GAME, BEAN BAG TOSS AND GLOW IN THE DARK LAWN DARTS.

outdoor lawn games

A variety of lawn games are available for loan including CONNECT 4 & ACTIVITY BAGS.

outdoor lawn games

A variety of lawn games are available for loan including DISC SLAM & SPIKE BALL.


Snowshoes can be borrowed for up to one week at a time and are available on a first come, first served basis. They cannot be reserved due to the high volume of requests. There are approximately 75 pairs varying in size available.

snow coach

Everyone can get out this winter with the Snow Coach sled! This is a great sled for those who need lateral support and who have good head, neck and trunk control. This sled features a padded seat, safety straps, raised back support, a head rest and steel runner. Not only is this a great sled for winter fun, it is also nice for anyone helping out the sledder since it comes with push handles at the back. There are 2 available.


Sledges are used to allow participants to enjoy a game of hockey or just go for a glide on the ice in a seated position. A push bar allows the rider to be pushed or the rider can self-propel using two sticks with picks. These sledges are great for riders with limited mobility or compromised balance. There is also a wheel kit that transforms the sledge into a floor hockey sled. There are 3 sledges available, 3 sets of hockey sticks and 1 wheel kit.

skates & helmets

Multiple pairs of youth and adult hockey skates as well as figure skates are available for use. Hockey helmets for both youth and adults are also available for loan.

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