Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program (Est. 2016)

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Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program

Looks like the goals are being achieved by the partners involved benefiting residents & visitors. A great start!

Quick Facts:

  • Number of Borrowers: 50
  • Number of New Library Members as a Result of the program: 15
  • Number of People Who Renewed Memberships as a Result of the Program: 8
  • Skis Checked Out: 23 sets
  • Ski Poles Checked Out: 23 sets
  • Snowshoes Checked Out: 43 sets (15 men’s, 14 women’s, 7 youth and 7 kids)
  • Snowshoe Poles Checked Out: 37 (29 Adults, 8 kids)
  • Ski Boots Checked Out: 24 pairs
  • Ice Traction Cleats Checked Out: 10 sets

Testimonials:

The vast majority of borrowers commented that they “had always wanted to try skiing or snowshoeing, but had been reluctant to invest in the equipment in case they ended up not linking the sport“. People have been “pleased to be able to borrow equipment and try these activities at no cost“.

Good Quality equipment – nice & light“.

This has really changed how I feel about winter. I’m loving it. And if this program hadn’t existed, I never would have tried skiing.”

Our friends were coming to visit the area and we were trying to think of things to do with them. This allowed us to take them out on the trails and see the area

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Borrow Gear at Your Local Library in Victoria County!

In partnership with Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011), Baddeck Library now offers snowshoes and poles, cross country skis and poles, ski boots, walking poles, and ice grips

(Stabil Ice Traction Grips – Sizes: XL, L, M, Small – “Make Everyday Feel Like A Walk in The Park“)!
Check them out FREE for two weeks at a time with your library card.
Available to all library patrons in Victoria County via Baddeck Branch and the Victoria County Bookmobile. Call 902 295 2055 for information!
The Cape Breton Regional Library is lending out a wide variety of sports equipment in Victoria County in partnership with the Victoria County Active Gear Loan Program.
Available in Victoria County only, this program will provide FREE access to this equipment through the Baddeck and Ingonish Libraries and the Victoria County Bookmobile.
There will be adult and children’s skis, boots, and poles; reflective safety vests; various sizes of ice traction cleats; and snowshoes and walking poles in a variety of sizes.
EQUIPMENT TO LOAN:
WALKING POLES
-20 Series 300 Poles (or Activator) includes duffle bag storage
TRACTION CLEATS
-8 pr cleats, ice stbilicers lite sml
-8 pr cleats, ice stbilicers lite blk med
-8 pr cleats, ice stbilicers lite blk lg
-4 pr cleats, ice stbilicers lite blk xlg
REFLECTIVE VESTS
-25 High visibility yellow reflective personal safety vest
SKIS/BOOTS
-Rossignol EVO First Skis Adult waxless light touring skis with premounted NNN basic bindings available 166, 176, 186, 196
 -Rossignol x2 Boots – mens (size 35-49 or ladies 35-44 with NNN sole
 -Rossignol XT 700 Poles Alloy shaft available in 5 cm increments 130-165
 -12 Additional Rossignol x2 boots & 12 Additional Rossignol alloy poles
 -6 Junior Ski Sets Sizes 140, 150, 160
x1Junior Boot
xt701 Rossignol poles
6 Junior Additional Jr Boots
6 additonal Jr Poles
SNOWSHOES
-12 Youth 17 Garcon
-8 Vintage 7×21 small adult
20 Kids Adjustable Poles UPC
-15 Women Active Winter 8×25
-15 Winter Trail Orange 9×30
30 GV Adjustable Poles 3

Your Partners for Your Health

-Cape Breton Regional Library

-Baddeck Library

-North Victoria Library Branch

-Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011)

-Victoria County

-NS Dept Communities, Culture & Heritage

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THANK YOU PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) & our partners recognizes and acknowledges  the financial support of the Province of Nova Scotia for this great initiative. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.

Proposed Program Outline:

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ActiveOutdoorGearLoanProgramVictoriaCounty2016PDF

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Partnership with the Following

  • NS Dept of Communities, Culture & Heritage -Communities, Sport & Recreation Branch
  • Victoria County
  • Cape Breton Regional Library
  • North Victoria Library Branch
  • Baddeck Library

Have received funding approval from the province for Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program Fall 2016!

Outdoor equipment will be on loan from our local libraries (Baddeck & North Victoria Libraries) and bookmobile in Victoria County through the CBRL Library Card

Equipment – Snowshoes, Nordic walking poles, traction bottoms, skis, boots and poles and reflective vests:

Update on the Victoria County Active Gear Loan Program (Nov. 24, 2016):

The following equipment has been ordered for the Program, cost-shared between the Municipality of the County of Victoria & Nova Scotia Dept of Communities, Culture & Heritage: 

WALKING POLES

-20 – Series 300 Poles (or Activator) (Includes duffle bag storage)

TRACTION CLEATS

-8 pr cleats, ice stbilicers lite sml

-8 pr cleats, ice stbilicers lite blk med

-8 pr cleats, ice stbilicers lite blk lg

-4 pr cleats, ice stbilicers lite blk xlg

REFLECTIVE VESTS

-25 High visibility yellow reflective personal safety vest

SKIS/BOOTS/POLES

(Rossignol EVO First Skis Adult waxless light touring skis with premounted NNN basic bindings available 166, 176, 186, 196)

(Rossignol x2 Boots – mens (size 35-49 or ladies 35-44 with NNN sole)

(Rossignol XT 700 Poles Alloy shaft available in 5 cm increments 130-165)

-12 adult sets

-12 Additional Rossignol x2 boots

-12 Additional Rossignol alloy poles

-6 Junior Ski Sets Sizes 140, 150, 160

(x1Junior Boot)

(xt701 Rossignol poles)

-6 Junior Additional Jr Boots

-6 additonal Jr Poles

SNOWSHOES

-12 Youth 17 Garcon

-8 Vintage 7×21 small adult

-20 Kids Adjustable Poles UPC

-15 Women Active Winter 8×25

-15 Winter Trail Orange 9×30

-30 GV Adjustable Poles 3

To catalogue the Equipment for Use through our Partnership – CBRL, Baddeck Library & North Victoria Library the equipment is first going directly to the Cape Breton Regional Library (50 Falmouth Street, Sydney, NS B1P 6X9) before it heads to Victoria County!

Part of the initiative is a pull-up banner of the program to be displayed at the local library in Baddeck and North Victoria Library Branch. This will be ready when the program is scheduled to start.

I’ve appreciated your patience and efforts to date as we move closer to the realization of the Program benefiting our residents & visitors. We have successfully partnered with the Libraries on initiatives in the past, present and now the future benefiting our residents & visitors including the Bookmobile Learning Adventure; Presentations; Healthy Living Resource Section; Fall Eat, Drink and Be Healthy Series to name a few.

This program will be a great benefit to not only residents & visitors, but will be great exposure for all partners involved increasing memberships, etc.

Thank You again in Partnership. We look forward to working the Partners on implementing the program and look forward to enhancing the program now and in the future with additional equipment, items for residents & visitors to borrow. Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) also looks forward to working and partnering with our Partners on other initiatives now and in the future.

The Bookmobile transports equipment to our rural, isolated and Northern areas in Victoria County

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Letters of Support:

ActiveOutdoorLoanProgramNSDeptHealthWellnessSupportLetterNorthVictoriaLibrary2015PDF

ActiveOutdoorLoanProgramNSDeptHealthWellnessSupportLetterBaddeckLibrary2015PDF

http://nsliberalcaucus.ca/news/view/1027

Testimonials

Kate OlandMany thanks to Vince Forrestall of Naturally Active Victoria County for making this program possible :)” – Jan, 24, 2017
Susan ZettellWhat a great idea! Hope you find it works really well and lots of folks use the service” – Jan. 24, 2017
Kate OlandTwo sets of skis out the door already today!” – Jan. 24, 2017
Vince ForrestallThank You Kate for your patience, positive attitude, partnership, leadership, commitment – it’s truly appreciated. Thank You all partners for making this happen and their tremendous support: Victoria County, NS Dept Communities, Culture & Heritage, Cape Breton Regional Library Naturally Active For Life Victoria County Est. 2011 Baddeck Library, North Victoria Library Branch , let us build on this now and in the future Let’s “Take The Roof Off Winter”” – Jan. 24, 2017
Robin HendersonThis is awesome! Good stuff Kate!!” – Jan. 24, 2017
Joy BarberAmazing program Baddeck Library. You should be really proud.” – Jan. 24, 2017
Kate OlandVince brought this program idea to the library. It’s a great example of what can happen when community members or organizations contact their libraries with good ideas. We’re always open to discussion!” – Jan. 24, 2017
Lennan MacIsaacNice Vince!” – Jan. 24, 2017
 
Sharlene MurphySo awesome!!!” – Jan. 24, 2017

 

Debbie PierrardAwesome. Great idea” – Jan 24, 2017
 
Thia DrinnanGreat idea!” – Jan 24, 2017

First time walking OVER a lake where I swim in the summer:) Thanks Vicki Borden, Vince Forrestall, and Eileen Woodford for the nudge to invest in some snowshoes” – Marion Whitcomb, Resident – January 31, 2016

Jennifer Dominey shared your post “Picked ours up today! Love love this program“! (March 7, 2017)

Thank you for your RDG (Regional Development Grant) Application seeking financial support for the above program. I am pleased to inform you, having reviewed it, that it will be on its way for final consideration to our Halifax office tomorrow. Thanks again” – Larry Maxwell, Regional representative Cape Breton, Communities, Sport & Recreation Division, Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage (Oct. 26, 2016)

Thanks. Great news!” – Eileen Woodford, Chair of Strategy Partnership Management Team (Nov. 24, 2016)

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