Things To Do

Escape to Bear River for an unforgettable experience filled with exciting outdoor activities and cultural events.

Bear River Experiences

The Waterfront

Wharf Street, Bear River, NS

Surround yourself with the sloping hills of the village at the scenic vantage point of our village waterfront. The waterfront offers a beautiful walk along the shorelines of the village, starting at democracy park, leading to the wharf, a picnic area, a labyrinth, the greenhouse, followed by a small boat launch. Keep walking and you’ll find yourself behind the old school house, Oakdene, and at the beginning of the pipeline trail leading to the Annapolis Basin (not maintained beyond Oakdene, use at own risk).

Carol Dibble Community Greenhouse

Up-cycled in 2012 from decommissioned municipal sewage treatment plant by the late Carol Dibble & the Bear River Board of Trade, the community greenhouse is now a hub for locals with a green thumb. The members maintain the beds outside the building and anything grown within them is there for the community as an initiative to combat food scarcity. The main building has open doors throughout the summer, but only registered members may enter.

Notice: Picking from outside is encouraged. Please don’t go inside.

Cherry Carnival

Founded in 1893 by George Brook, the carnival was started as a way to celebrate all the hard working men and women of Bear River Village. Throughout the years the Cherry Carnival has been hosted by several organizations, for the past fifty plus years it has become the annual fund-raiser for the Bear River Fire Department. The Bear River Cherry Carnival is held each year in mid-July and is sponsored by the Bear River Fire Department. The activities vary each year, but the carnival always has cherries for sale.

Harvester’s Gathering and Powwow

130 Reservation Rd, Bear River, NS

An annual harvest celebration on the third weekend of October hosted by the Bear River First Nations (L’sit’kuk). The Harvester’s Gathering came to be as a way for the L’sit’kuk community to acknowledge their harvesters, what it means to be Mi’kmaq and their connection to the land. Join the celebration among the Sacred Fire for a 4 day spiritual cleansing.

Visitor Information Centre

1884 Clementsvale Rd, Bear River, NS

Our Visitor Information Centre is pleased to welcome you to our beautiful tidal village on stilts. Inside you will find information about everything to see and do in the village and surrounding areas. Stop in to chat about the best places to visit during your stay.

Oakdene Community Centre

1913 Clementsvale Road, Bear River, NS

The Oakdene Community Centre holds a special place in the village’s history and present-day culture. Originally built as a schoolhouse in the early 20th century, it has since been repurposed as an important hub for the artistic community. Today, the Oakdene Community Centre is home to numerous artist studios, where local artisans and craftspeople create and showcase their work.

Heritage Museum

The Bear River Historical Museum, run by the dedicated members of the Bear River Historical Society, serves as a valuable repository of the village’s rich history. Located in a charming heritage building, the museum showcases artifacts, photographs, and exhibits that highlight the diverse past of Bear River and its surrounding area.

Digby Exhibition Centre

854 Riverview Road, Bear River, NS

The Digby Exhibition Centre is a vibrant hub of community activities and events, located in the heart of Digby County, Nova Scotia. This multi-purpose facility offers a wide range of exhibitions, shows, and events that celebrate the diverse culture, traditions, and talents of the local community. From agricultural exhibits to equestrian events, culinary showcases to arts and crafts displays, the Digby Exhibition Centre serves as a dynamic venue that brings people together to share their passions and interests.

Raven Haven Beachside Family Park

2239 Virginia Rd, Annapolis Royal, NS

Raven Haven Beach is located approximately 15 minutes outside of the village. The family friendly, wheel chair accessible park and campground offers a great sandy location for the family to swim. The park also offers daytime canoe, kayak, and MOBI chair loans as well as a wheelchair accessible mat for water access. You’ll also find beach volleyball court, boat launch, and a canteen with ice cream and snacks.

Sea Glass Nordic Spa

43 Chute Rd, Bear River, NS

Indulge in ultimate self-care at Sea Glass Spa. Nestled behind a historical Ship Captain’s Mansion and into a serene forest, the spa offers a therapeutic saltwater hot tub, cedar sauna, steam room with eucalyptus or lavender options, and indoor/outdoor spring rinsing showers. With the healing power of nature and serene surroundings, the spa provides a calming and rejuvenating experience for the mind, body, and soul.


Medicine Trail

154 Reservation Road, Bear River

Take a walk along the 1.5 kms Medicine Trail and see the special plants used in traditional Mi’kmaq Medicine. The Medicine Trail is a special and spiritual place that represents the Mi’kmaq’s close relationship with Mother Earth. Along the trail you will find the rare black ash, its wood used to make baskets; the Yellow birch flowers, which is used to make tea, and many other medicinal plants.

Bear River Runner’s Loops

Created by a local runner, the Bear River Village runners loops map shows all of the most scenic running routes throughout the village. Whether you walk or run, you’ll be sure to enjoy the adventure. Difficultly levels and times are indicated on maps.

Kejimkujik National Park & National Historic Site

3005 Kejimkujik Main Parkway, Caledonia, NS

Kejimkujik is located approximately 30 minutes from the village. Paddle, hike, bike, camp, and connect with nature and Mi’kmaw culture. Explore Mi’kmaw petroglyphs, traditional encampment areas, and canoe routes dating back thousands of years. Experience the night sky in Nova Scotia’s only Dark-Sky Preserve.

Things to Do Nearby

Within a 30-minute drive of Bear River, Nova Scotia, there are numerous exciting activities to explore. From golfing and spa treatments to local restaurants, farmer’s markets, and whale watching, there’s something for everyone.

History buffs can visit museums, while outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy boat tours, lighthouses, and historic gardens. With a diverse range of options, there’s no shortage of things to do and explore within a short drive of Bear River, Nova Scotia.


From Halifax:
Bear River is located 286 km from Halifax, off Exit 25A from Highway 101.

From Yarmouth:
Bear River is located 150 km from Yarmouth off Exit 25 from Highway 101.

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