Bear River is situated on the border between Annapolis County and Digby County, in turn, dividing the village into two different boundaries.  Bear River is known as the "Switzerland of Nova Scotia," due to its architecture and landscape, including hills that surround the village.  Bear River is the first town to build a solar aquatics waste water management facility in all North America, but in 2004 the community changed the facility so that it was no longer fully operational.  Bear River is operated by volunteers, as it has no governing body.
Bear River is a hotspot for photographers, for its old, historical buildings and wonderful surroundings.  Bear River, per capita, is the most thriving artistic community in Nova Scotia, thus The Flight of Fancy art gallery offers pieces from over 200 artists, of which many are local.  The Dutch Windmill, surrounded by a scenic waterfront park and boardwalk, doubles as a visitor information centre.  Look into the history of the Mi'kmaq people at the Bear River First Nation Heritage and Cultural Centre.  Bear River Vineyards, abiding by Bear River's claim to be eco-friendly, is run on alternate power and offers tours and workshops.
Bear River accommodations include bed and breakfasts.
Bear River Millyard Recreation
1145 River Road
Inn out of the Fog
Long Term
1 Wharf Rd
Vineyard Haven Bed & Breakfast
111 Chute Rd
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