Tides, wineries, native culture and artist studios: that is Bear river in a nutshell. It is about 15 kilometers from Digby and is truly one of the most charming villages you will ever visit. Its unique location on a tidal river, nestled in a valley gives it an 'out of this world' feel. This little village offers a different pace of life. There are no traffic lights, no fast food restaurants, no box stores, and people have time for a chat. Historical and modern-day references to this village include "The most unique community in Nova Scotia"; "The Switzerland of Nova Scotia" and "Village on Stilts".  As far as I am concerned, all are spot on.

Located on a tidal river
Twenty-seven-foot Bay of Fundy tides rise and fall daily, swelling an otherwise shallow river. Low tides reveal miles of stunning marsh grasses. Natural slate-packed banks along the river's edge support thirty- to forty-degree elevations. These glorious hills primarily consist of hardwood growth including white oak, maple and ash. Due to this hardwood growth, Bear River is also known for its breathtaking fall foliage. Bear River makes for a great day trip by bicycle as well, be prepared for a few hills though!

Things to do:

  • Native culture: The Bear River Heritage Museum right in town has a native section, while the native reserve can be found following the signs to "Beartown Baskets".
  • Wineries: visit the Bear River Winery and/or the Annapolis Highland Vineyard - both wonderful and smaller, more personal wineries
  • Enjoy the views of downtown. Some of the best views can be found from just behind the fire department building
  • Visit the 'Flight of Fancy', highly regarded as an outstanding craft shop and gallery. The owner won the "Atlantic Canada Outstanding Retailer" award in 2011 for good reason.
  • Visit some of Bear River's Artist Studios and find yourself some stunning and unique souvenirs or gifts.
  • Learn about Bear River's history at the Bear River Heritage Museum

For more information about Bear River, visit their website at www.bearriver.ca

For more images, take a look at our Bear River image gallery.

Some interesting Facts:

  • Bear River has a rich ship building history
  • You will find no stop-lights in Bear River
  • The village is run by volunteers as there is no town government
  • There is no fast food to be found here!
  • The first reported vineyard in Bear River planted in the early 1600's by Louis L'Hebert. Now this old tradition has been given a new life with the development of new wineries

Getting here:

  • Take your own car, just ask us for directions for the most scenic routes
  • Take a bicycle for the day (Bear River is about 15 kilometers one-way, be prepared for a few hills although you can avoid most)
  • Rent a car with Enterprise. It is advisable to call the Digby location ahead of time to reserve a car, as rentals are limited! (902-245-5936 ).