Jumpstart Adapted Recreation Equipment Loan Program

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The Jumpstart Adapted Recreation Equipment Loan Program, available in Lunenburg & Queens Counties courtesy of the Lunenburg Queens Recreation Coordinators/Directors Association, is a new resource for families of children and youth who have a physical disability or acquired brain injury. Families in these counties have the opportunity to borrow a variety of equipment to experience new leisure pursuits.

  • Equipment is loaned on a first come, first served basis
  • Please book at least a week in advance of use
  • Borrow for up to 2 weeks at a time
  • Cost to borrow is only $15 (for annual maintenance fund)
If you are interested in borrowing a piece of equipment for your child for the first time, we recommend that you touch base with Andrea Waters, Recreation Therapist at the IWK Health Centre. She will conduct a free assessment to help determine if we have the appropriate equipment for your child.

Phone (902) 470-7539, or e-mail Andrea.waters@iwk.nshealth.ca

“Just wanted express our appreciation for the adapted equipment loan program. So many of our students/families have benefited. It is such a pleasure to see the smiles on the kids faces.”
Barbara C.


Head for the surf and get as wet as you like in the innovative Hippocampe all-terrain wheelchair.

Towed, pushed or self-propelled, the easy-to-manoeuvre Hippocampe enables you to turn obstacles into opportunities whether you’re on the beach or rambling in the woods.

The Hippocampe enables everyone – of any age – to enjoy outdoor activities to their full ability. In short, Hippocampe puts the fun into function. Easily collapsed for travel in a carry bag – weighs 30 lbs. It even comes with a ski attachment for winter fun!

2 available – 1 child, 1 adult

See the Hippocampe in action:

Learn how to assemble and use the Hippocampe:


Training wheels have been in use for decades, primarily as a training aid for small children, to help them with balance as they learn to ride.

Small children are not the only people who need training wheels. Older, larger children (and adults) who have never learned to ride find them useful. In many cases, people with special needs find Fatwheels training wheels nothing short of liberating! Many people with Down Syndrome, Autism, and cerebral palsy, for example, have found that Fatwheels have opened new doors for outdoor recreation.

2 sets available – 1 for 20 inch bike and 1 for 24 inch bike

All the tricycles combine a modern style design with comfort and safety features that are sure to enhance a child’s strength, self-esteem and FUN!!! Each one is equipped with adjustable trunk support, as well.

Adapted Trike: Imp

IMP – 1 available

Recommended for children 2 ½ to 5 years. The IMP is a dual-axle foot propelled tricycle that is capable of supporting up to 70 lbs. The inseam range for a child using the Imp is 12 ½”-15 ½”. Easy adjustments can be made for a child’s growth in size as well as growth in riding ability.

Adapted Trike: Terrier

Terrier – 1 available

For ages 4 ½  and up.

Terrier measures 45”L x 29”W and will accommodate children up to 100 lbs. with an inside leg length of 16 1/2” to 21 1/2”.

This rugged mobility device features 16” wheels and a caliper brake with a parking brake mechanism. Includes adjustable trunk support, adapted pedals, and extra-wide saddle seat.

Adapted Trike: TMX

TMX – 1 available

The TMX is a dual-axle foot propelled tricycle recommended for children ages 8 years and older.  It is capable of supporting up to 130 lbs. Best of all, easy adjustments can be made for a child’s growth in size as well as growth in riding ability (Inseam 20”-25”). Designed to make it easier for a child with low muscle tone and decreased strength, and to start and stop easily.

See the trikes in action:


Sledges are used to allow participants with physical disabilities to enjoy a game of hockey or just to go for a sled on the ice. Players move on the ice by propelling their sled with sticks with picks.

We have 12 sledges with telescopic noses available for use (2 with high backs), including 14 right and left sticks with picks and two goalie sticks with picks and accessory safety equipment (helmets, gloves, shin pads).

Duet Cycle

This “go anywhere” tandem bicycle is basically a wheelchair (which can be taken off)  mounted to the front of a bike. It is surprisingly easy to pedal and allows the passenger to go “for a ride” in a comfortable seating position. Comes with an electric pack to assist those pedaling.

Learn how to use the Duet:

Contact your recreation department in Lunenburg or Queens County for info or to make a booking:

Region of Queens: 354-5741

Municipality of Lunenburg: 541-1343

Town of Bridgewater: 543-2274

Town of Lunenburg: 634-4006

Municipality of Chester: 275-3490

This program has been generously funded by the following partners:

  • Canadian Tire Jumpstart
  • Canadian Paralympic Committee
  • IWK Health Centre
  • Lunenburg County Community Health Board
  • Nova Scotia Health and Wellness
  • Queens Community Health Board

This program is coordinated by

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