Outdoor Equipment

Outdoor Equipment Lending Program

Due to the generous support of the Bow RiversEdge Campground (BREC)Cochrane Sportchek, and Bass Pro Cabelas, we are happy to announce that we now have a Outdoor Equipment Lending Library.

Use these links to see a list of items.
*Note: 'Non-Circulating' items are here! Come to our Info Desk to borrow them!

Camping, Snowshoes and Hiking

  • SUMMER: Look for camping equipment including items like: Compasses, Mess Kits, Chairs, Bungee Cords, Tarps, and a 3-person Tent.
  • WINTER: Look for a variety of sizes of Snowshoes and Ice Cleats. 
  • YEAR ROUND: There are Hiking poles, GPSs, and Headlamps.


  • There are a variety of sizes of lifejackets for all ages (infant, child, youth, adult, and dogs!)

Frequently Asked Questions

Our outdoor items can be checked out for a 7 day loan period. Lost or damaged items are subject to a fee for replacement of each item. 

Anyone with a Cochrane Public Library card.

Yes, you can. Snowshoeing is a fun winter activity for people to do together as is camping!

Unfortunately, due to the high demand for outdoor equipment, we are unable to take hold requests at this time. 

All items can be returned to Cochrane Public Library during open hours. Outdoor equipment cannot be put in the book drop and are the responsibility of the borrower until they are returned in person to the library.

The ideal snowshoe size depends mainly on your weight and the weight of anything you will be carrying while on the snowshoes. The following chart will help you determine which size is best for an individual.

Cochrane Public Library Snowshoe Weight Chart

Sizing Chart Source: https://www.mec.ca/en/explore/how-to-choose-snowshoes

Ice traction cleats are a traction system that allow anyone, of any age, to get out and safely enjoy winter. They provide better stability & safety when walking on ice or packed snow.