Free Outdoor Equipment Rental

While many outdoor activities can be done without equipment, there are some that require some expensive technical gear, which can quickly become expensive. Renting equipment is a great option to try a new sport at a more affordable price. There are many places that rent gear for a fee, but we’ve compiled a list of places that rent outdoor equipment completely for free. These organizations are organized by province/territory in alphabetical orderfrom west to east coast. We recognize that not everyone can use typical outdoor gear, so where available we have also listed organizations that rent adaptive outdoor recreational gear free of charge. 

If there aren’t any free lending libraries near you, be sure to check your local library as they may have equipment available to rent that is not listed online. Additionally, if you are aware of any organizations offering free outdoor gear loans that are not listed here, please contact us. 

British Columbia

Program About Winter Gear Summer Gear Contact
Colour the Trails Colour the Trails works with brand partners, businesses, and organizations to break barriers and create accessibility in the outdoors. Contact form
Go Fish BC! Rod Loan Program This program will be offered through visitor centres in Terrance, Prince George, Williams Lake and Quesnel. Rods

Tackle

Fishing information

Corporate Office

Regatta Landing, Suite 101

Victoria, BC

V9A 7S2

 

888-601-4200

fish@gofishbc.com

Alberta

Program About Winter Gear Summer Gear Contact
Cochrane Public Library Outdoor Equipment Lending Program Cochrane Public Library Card holders can borrow outdoor equipment for a 7-day loan period. Items are subject to regular library overdue policies and fees. Snowshoes

Hiking poles

Ice traction cleats

Camping gear:

  • Director’s chair
  • Portable highchair
  • Water jug
  • Utility wagon
  • 8-person tent
  • 3-person tent
  • Tarp
  • Hatchet
  • Backpacker medical kit
  • Family first aid kit
  • LED lantern
  • Flashlight and lantern
  • Bungee cord set
  • Extendable hot dog forks
  • Camp table
  • Compasses
  • Geocaching tools of the trade set
  • Garmin GPS
405 Railway Street West

Cochrane, AB

T4C 2E2

 

403-932-4353

info@cochranepubliclibrary.ca

Pincher Creek Municipal Library Information gathered from Read Alberta. Classic camping equipment

  • Tent
  • Foam sleeping mats
  • Camp stove
  • Free voucher for a spot at one of two Alberta Parks’ first come, first serve campsites.
899 Main Street

Pincher Creek, AB

T0K 1W0

 

403-627-3813

help@pinchercreeklibrary.ca

Okotoks Public Library Information gathered from Read Alberta. Equipment can be borrowed for up to a week. Snowshoes

Poles

23 Riverside Drive West

Okotoks, AB

T1S 1A6

 

403-938-2220

info@okotokslibrary.ca

Saskatchewan

Program About Winter Gear Summer Gear Contact
SaskOutdoors Lending Library A variety of outdoor equipment is available to members only, with the exception of the Nature Detective Backpacks. Air horn

Bamboo poles

Binoculars (x10) and bird books (x10)

Carving kit

Compasses

Earth ball

Nature Detective Backpacks

Solar oven

Stove kit (no fuel provided)

2 burner propane stove (no fuel provided)

Symphony of the Soil film

Tarp kit

MEC 3 person tent

MEC 4 person tent (x2)

To Make a Farm film

Large blue water jugs (x2)

MSR Mini-works water pump and filter

Water Rangers Explorer Water Testing Kit

RR1 Box 59

Lumsden, SK

S0G 3C0

 

Contact form

Manitoba

Program About Winter Gear Summer Gear Contact
Winterpeg This is a mobile ski library that travels to different parks across Winnipeg.

They also rent adaptive equipment, see below.

Skis

Skates

The Icicle Garden This is a winter pop up at the Plain Bicycle storefront with a lending library of winter activity equipment. Skis

Skates

Sleds

More

Adaptive Recreation Equipment

Program About Equipment Contact
Winterpeg This is a mobile ski library that travels to different parks across Winnipeg. Wheelchair skates

Kicksleds

 Ontario

Program About Winter Gear Summer Gear Contact
Ottawa Outdoor Gear Library The OOGL offers outdoor equipment loans free of charge. They are always taking equipment donations, check their website for Wishlist items. 877a Boyd Avenue

Ottawa, ON

K2A 2E2

 

oogl.librarycoordinator@gmail.com

BIPOC Outdoor Gear Library Coming soon to Guelph.
TackleShare Available at many locations across the province including Ontario provincial parks, conservation authorities, and libraries. Follow fishing rules, a license is required except for specific dates (Family Fishing Weekend in February, Mother’s Day Weekend, Father’s Day Weekend, and Family Fishing Weekend in July). Fishing rods and reels
Ontario Parks Available at 70 parks across Ontario. Personal flotation devices (PFDs)
City of Burlington Lending Library Borrow a wide-range of fun and unique play equipment, free of charge! 426 Brant Street

PO Box 5013

Burlington, ON

L7R 3Z6

 

905-335-7777

Pembroke Sport Equipment Lending Hub Hours are 8am-10pm 7 days a week Adventure packs (birds & tree idenfication booklets, magnifying glass, binoculars, flashlight, note pad & first aid kit)

Baseball bats

Baseballs & tee balls

Baseball gloves

Bicycles (adult & children)

Fishing rods (tackle not included)

Footballs

Kayaks

Nordic walking poles

Stand up paddle boards

Soccer balls

Volleyballs

Riverside Park

961 Pembroke Street W

Pembroke, ON

 

613-735-6821 ext. 1504

recreation@pembroke.ca

Greater Sudbury Public LibrarySnowshoe Lending Program Available at 10 GSPL locations on a first-come, first-serve basis. They can be checked out for periods of one week with a CSPL card. Snowshoes
Greater Sudbury Public LibraryJunior Gold Membership Lending Program Youth between the ages of 12 and 18 are able to participate. Checked out on a first-come, first-serve basis and may not be reserved in advance. Set of five (5) golf clubs, right or left-handed

Junior Membership pass for the Lively Golf Club

Lively Public Library & Citizen Services Centre

15 Kin Drive, Unit A

Lively, ON

P3Y 1M9

 

705-688-3959

Greater Sudbury Public LibraryOutdoor Games Can be borrowed for 3 weeks, available at multiple GSPL locations. Shuffle bag

Texas horseshoe

Magnetic dart set

Barrel bash

5 game combo

Ring toss set

Backyard bocce

Backpack cornhole

Spikeball

Greater Sudbury Public LibraryPickleball Lending Program Available at South End Library, Levack/Onaping Library and Valley East Library and Citizen Service Centre.

Equipment must be returned to the same location you picked it up.

Pickleball bag that includes 4 paddles, 2 balls, and a portable net system
Greater Sudbury Public LibraryTennis Equipment Lending Program Available at Copper Clip Public Library, New Sudbury Public Library and Valley East Public Library. Family sets of rackets (2 adults and 2 children)

Adult rackets (2)

Children’s rackets (2)

Set of 1 adult/1 child racket

Tennis balls

Greater Sudbury Public LibraryTackle Share Program Available at Main Public Library and New Sudbury Library. Rod and reel

Assortment of tackle

Quebec

Program About Winter Gear Summer Gear Contact
Parc national d’Oka All children’s equipment is available to rent for free for the day.

Adult equipment $9.50-$36.50/day.

Park entrance and parking fees not included.

X-Country skiing equipment

Sled

Fatbike

Snowshoes

2020, chemin d’Oka

Oka, QC

 

450-479-8365

park.oka@sepaq.com

Centre de prêt de materiel de plein air in Verdun No monetary deposit required but the centre asks for a driver’s license/Medicare card.

No hourly limit but equipment must be returned the same day by 5pm.

Bicycles in a variety of sizes

Bicycle trailers that can be pulled or converted to a jogging stroller

Inline skates

Badminton nets

Tennis equipment

Slacklines

Soccer balls

Child carriers for hikes

Lawn games

Scooters

4400 LaSalle Boulevard

Lasalle, QC

H4G 2A8

 

438-935-7773

centredepretppev@gmail.com

McGill Outdoors Club Gear rental for 1 day use for MOC members.

Listed gear is free, other equipment available to rent for low costs ($1-$15)

Ski poles

X-Country skis

X-Country ski boots

X-Country ski poles

Skates

3480 Rue McTavish

Montreal, QC

 

514-398-4400 ext. 09581

info@mcgilloutdoorsclub.ca

New Brunswick

Program About Winter Gear Summer Gear Contact
Mount Carleton Provincial Park Equipment provided by the Friends of Mount Carleton free for day use.

First-come, first-serve.

Snowshoes

X-Country skis

7612 Route 385

Saint-Quintin, NB

E8A 1N4

 

506-235-0793

mt.carleton@gnb.ca

Mactaquac Provincial Park Equipment provided by Friends of Mactaquac Park group free for day use.

First-come, first-serve.

Snowshoes

X-Country skis

1256 NB-105

Mactaquac, NB

E3G 7L7

mactaquaccamp@gnb.ca

Daly Point Nature Reserve Rental is free but donations are appreciated. Snowshoes 2105 Carron Drive

Bathurst, NB

E2A 5Z7

 

506-548-0778

dpnr@bathurst.ca

Chipman Public Library Information pulled from Hiking NB Map.

Rental is free with a library card.

Snowshoes (children’s and adult’s sizes) 8 King Street

Chipman, NB

E4A 2H3

 

506-339-5852

chipman.publiclibrary@gnb.ca

Minto Public Library Information pulled from Hiking NB Map.

Rental is free with a library card.

Snowshoes (children’s and adult’s sizes) 420 Pleasant Drive, Unit 2

Minto, NB

E4B 2T3

 

506-327-3220

minto.publiclibrary@gnb.ca

Nashwaaksis Middle School (Public Library) Information pulled from Hiking NB Map.

Rental is free with a library card.

Snowshoes (children’s and adult’s sizes) 324 Fulton Avenue

Fredricton, NB

E3A 5J4

 

506-453-3241

nashwaaksis.library@gnb.ca

Hanwell Recreation Department Free rentals, returned the next business day.

Hours 8am-4pm.

One piece of ID must be provided and those under 18 must have a parent/guardian with them.

Snowshoes (x30)

X-Country skis (x15)

18 Nature Park Drive

Hanwell, NB

E3E 0G7

 

506-460-1177

clerk@hanwell.nb.ca

Dieppe Refrigerated Skating Oval Outdoor rink with free rentals on Fridays (6-9pm), Saturdays and Sundays (12:30-5pm) from November to March.

They also have free hot chocolate on Fridays!

Skates and helmets Place 1604 behind City Hall

243 Gauvin Road

Dieppe, NB

E1A 1M2

Prince Edward Island

Program About Winter Gear Summer Gear Contact
Charlottetown Winter Active In the winter months, snowshoes are available for a daily sign-out from Monday-Friday between 8am-4pm. Snowshoes 199 Queen Street

Charlottetown, PE

C1A 4B7

 

902-368-1025

Credit Union Place Information taken from the Credit Union Place “Free Activities around Summerside Snowshoes

Ice skates

Nordic poles

511 Notre Dame Street

Summerside, PE

C1N 1T2

 

902-432-1234

Nova Scotia

Program About Winter Gear Summer Gear Contact
Emera Oval Outdoor ice skating rink with free rentals.

*Currently, due to COVID-19 equipment rentals are unavailable.

Ice skates

Helmets

5775 Cogswell Street

Halifax, NS

B3K 4B2

 

902-490-2347

skateHRM@halifax.ca

Cape Breton Regional Library – McConnell Equipment available for free with CBRL card.

Tennis rackets can be sent to other branches by request.

Snowshoes

Poles of various sizes

Tennis rackets (4 sizes – 3 youth and standard adult)

Hiking/walking poles

Be Fit Kits

Pedometers

50 Falmouth Street

Sydney, NS

B1P 6X9

 

902-562-3279

info@cbrl.ca

Cape Breton Regional Library – Baddeck Victoria County Active Gear Loan Program

Equipment available for free with CBRL card.

Snowshoes

Poles of various sizes

X-Country skis

Boots

Ice traction cleats

Hiking/walking poles

Be Fit Kits

Pedometers

526 Chebucto Street

Baddeck, NS

B0E 1B0

 

902-295-2055

baddeck@cbrl.ca

Cape Breton Regional Library – North Sydney Equipment available for free with CBRL card. Snowshoes

Poles of various sizes

Be Fit Kits

Pedometers

309 Commercial Street

North Sydney, NS

B2A 1B9

 

902-794-3272

northsydney@cbrl.ca

Cape Breton Regional Library – Glace Bay Equipment available for free with CBRL card. Snowshoes

Poles of various sizes

Be Fit Kits

Pedometers

143 Commercial Street

Glace Bay, NS

B1A 3B9

 

902-849-8657

glacebay@cbrl.ca

Cape Breton Regional Library – Victoria North Equipment available for free with CBRL card. Snowshoes

Poles of various sizes

Hiking/walking poles

Be Fit Kits

35243 Cabot Trail Road

Ingonish, NS

B0C 1K0

 

902-285-2544

ingonish@cbrl.ca

Cape Breton Regional Municipality Recreation Snowshoes

Trekking poles

Snow cleats

320 Esplanade

Sydney, NS

B1P 7B9

 

902-563-5510

recreation@cbrm.ns.ca

St. Mary’s Boat Club July 1 – September 30 11am-6pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Maximum 1-hour rentals.

All safety equipment is provided.

Book in advance by calling or online at www.halifax.ca/myrec

Stand-Up Paddleboards

Canoes (fits 2 adults and 2 small children, or 3 adults)

1641 Fairfield Road

Halifax, NS

B3H 2A6

(Inside Conrose Park)

 

902-490-4688

boatclub@halifax.ca

 

902-490-6666 for booking rentals

Dalhousie Outdoors Society (DOS) Gear Library Free rental for Dal students with a $20 deposit, which is returned upon return of the gear. Camping gear

  • tents
  • tarps
  • sleeping bags
  • air mattresses

Hiking backpacks

Lanterns and headlamps

Outdoor cooking equipment

Camping gear

  • tents
  • tarps
  • sleeping bags
  • air mattresses

Hiking backpacks

Lanterns and headlamps

Outdoor cooking equipment

Dalhousie Student Union Building office #353

6136 University Avenue

Halifax, NS

B3H 4R2

 

daloutdoors@gmail.com

R.E.C. Van Starting in July, the R.E.C. Van will visit public parks, municipal beaches, spray pads, playgrounds, and seniors homes throughout HRM and provide free recreational sports and activities to children, youth, families, and seniors. Equipment for more than 50 activities including:

  • baseball
  • basketball
  • soccer
  • washer toss
  • giant checkers
  • archery
  • skipping
recvan@halifax.ca
Kentville Parks and Recreation Equipment Loan Program A driver’s license master/ID number will be required at booking.

All equipment is available year-round, free of charge.

Snowshoes

Snow blocks

Kick sleds and two dog harnesses

Binoculars

Lawn games

Scooters

Skateboards

Soccer balls

Skipping ropes

Yoga mats

Hula hoops

Binoculars

Pylon

Scoop ball

Sidewalk chalk

Frisbee

Volleyballs

Helmets

Walking poles

Soft archery set

KanJam

Turnball

Camping gear

 

354 Main Street

Kentville, NS

B3N 1K6

 

902-679-2539 (Ashley)

recreation@kentville.ca

Municipality of the District of Lunenburg 4-day loan periods, Tuesday-Friday or Friday-Tuesday.

Equipment is allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis and requests must be made 24 hours in advance.

A refundable deposit may be required but renters will be notified in advance.

Snowshoes

X-Country skis, boots and poles

Nordic walking poles

 

Rec @ Home Activity Kits

  • Winter Wonderland Kit
  • Loose Parts Kit
Rec @ Home Activity Kits

  • Sports Kit
  • Outdoor Games Kit
  • Garden/Nature Kit
  • Loose Parts Kit
  • Active Smarter Kids Kit
  • Backyard Games
10 Alle Champlain Drive

Cookville, NS

B4V 9E4

 

902-541-1343

recreation@modl.ca

Truro Equipment Loans Program Equipment is available to borrow free of charge.

Pickup is Thursdays between 9am-4pm for return Mondays between 9am-4pm; or pickup Fridays between 9am-4pm for return Tuesdays between 9am-4pm.

They also rent adaptive recreation equipment, see below.

Classic X-Country skis

Skate skis

Snowshoes

Sledges

Snowcoaches

Skates (sizes ranging from children’s to adult – borrow from Colchester-East Hants Public Library)

Yard games (washer toss, bocce ball, etc.)

Parachute

Small pylons

Flag rugby

Ladder ball

Giant badminton rackets

Frisbees

Flying ring golf

902-893-6078

recdept@truro.ca

Tallassee Recreation Centre Free equipment rental. Snowshoes Tandem bicycle 168 Redoubt Way

Eastern Passage, NS

B3G 1E4

 

902-465-5267

Region of Queens Municipality Recreation Department $25-$45 deposit required, returned upon inspection of the equipment. Snowshoes (30-80lbs)

Snowshoes (60-160lbs)

Snowshoes (100-225lbs)

Igloo making kit

Parachute

GPS unit

Flag football set

249 White Point Road

Liverpool, NS

B0T 1K0

 

902-354-5741

info@regionofqueens.com

Municipality of Pictou County Loan Equipment Program – Town of Pictou People from throughout Pictou County can receive equipment from any municipal unit, including cottage renters.

Can be loaned for a few days at a time.

They also rent adaptive recreation equipment – see below.

Skis

Snowshoes

Activity kit bag

Adventure day pack

Adult & youth bikes

Canoe

Kayak

Paddleboards

Nordic walking poles

Roller blades

Washer toss

40 Water Street

Pictou, NS

B0K 1H0

 

clare.steele@munpict.ca

Municipality of Pictou County Loan Equipment Program – Town of New Glasgow People from throughout Pictou County can receive equipment from any municipal unit, including cottage renters. Skis

Snowshoes

Audible tennis sets

Adult bike

Bean bag toss

Bocce ball

Disc slam

E-bike

111 Provost Street

New Glasgow, NS

B2H 5E1

 

clare.steele@munpict.ca

Municipality of Pictou County Loan Equipment Program – Municipality of Pictou County People from throughout Pictou County can receive equipment from any municipal unit, including cottage renters.

Can be loaned for a few days at a time.

Skis

Snowshoes

Activity kit bag

Camping equipment

Inflatable paddle boards

Audible tennis sets

Adult bike

45 Municipal Drive

Pictou, NS

B0K 1H0

 

clare.steele@munpict.ca

Municipality of Shelburne Equipment Loan Program The Recreation and Parks Department have a variety of sport and recreation equipment to borrow free of charge.

They also rent adaptive recreation equipment – see below.

Snowshoes (children’s to adult sizes)

Nordic walking poles

GPS units

Compasses

Camping gear (tents, sleeping pads)

Hiking gear (day pack, headlamp, compass)

Skateboards and helmets/protective equipment

Beach volleyball set

Basketballs

Soccer balls

Baseball equipment

Ground hockey gear (sticks, helmets, goalie gear, nets)

Spikeball

Scooters

Yard games

136 Hammond Street

Shelburne, NS

B0T 1W0

 

902-875-3544 ext. 229

West Hants Free Equipment Loan Program The Community Development Department has free equipment loan programs which allow residents to borrow equipment.

They also accept donations of equipment in good working order to add to their inventory.

Kayaks

Stand up paddle boards

78 Thomas Street

Windsor, NS

B0N 2T0

 

902-790-9647 (Bekah)

bcraik@westhants.ca

Digby Area Recreation Equipment Loan Program Snowshoes are available for a 4-day loan from January through March.

DARC seeks donations from the community for new or used skates and bikes.

Snowshoes

Skates

Bikes 27 Shreve Street

Digby, NS

B0V 1A0

 

902-245-1949 (Cindy)

darc@ns.aliantzinc.ca

Adaptive Recreation Equipment

Program About Equipment Contact
Truro Equipment Loans Program This is a resource for those who experience physical challenges and/or individuals who would benefit from use. Hippocampe (child and adult)

Duet-cycle

Sledges

Snowcoaches

Tomato seats

Skate helper skate aids (while using the Colchester Legion Stadium)

902-893-6078

recdept@truro.ca

Municipality of Pictou County Loan Equipment Program – Town of Pictou Equipment available through the Town of Pictou. Adaptable life vest

Sports wheelchair

40 Water Street

Pictou, NS

B0K 1H0

 

clare.steele@munpict.ca

Municipality of Shelburne Equipment Loan Program Equipment available through the Municipality of Shelburne. Hippocampe all-terrain wheelchair

Hockey sledges

136 Hammond Street

Shelburne, NS

B0T 1W0

 

902-875-3544 ext. 229

Municipality of Cumberland Adapted Equipment Loan Program Recreation equipment available for individuals with disabilities and their families. Adapted life jackets

Pool hippocampe

Odyssey semi-recumbent bike

Terrier trike

Ice hockey sledges

Carolyn Bollwerk

cbollwerk@cumberlandcounty.ns.ca

Newfound & Labrador

Program About Winter Gear Summer Gear Contact

Adaptive Recreation Equipment

Program About Equipment Contact
Saint John’s Adaptive Equipment Lending Program Hiking, skiing, sliding and skating should be enjoyed by everyone and we have the equipment to help.

Borrowing adaptive equipment removes financial and ability related barriers.

Small hippocampe (16″ seat width & 23″ leg length) with wheels or skis

Large hippocampe (16″ seat & 36″ leg length) with wheels or skis

Standard sledge (14″ seat) with rear push bar or set of ice picks

Large sledge (16″ seat) with rear push bar or set of ice picks

Snowcoach adapted slide

Top-end excelerator hand cycle trike

Inclusive Services

City of St. John’s

P.O. Box 908

St. John’s, NL

A1C 5M2

 

709-576-6972

inclusion@stjohns.ca

Easter Seals NL Equipment is available free of charge as a short-term loan for any ESNL families and participants. Trailriders

Hippocampe (wheels or skis)

Kicksled

Ice sledges

Snowcoach

Dayna Penney

709-754-1399

dayna@eastersealsnl.ca

Yukon

Program About Winter Gear Summer Gear Contact

Northwest Territories

Program About Winter Gear Summer Gear Contact

Nunavut

Program About Winter Gear Summer Gear Contact