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Bear River

(4.2/5 based on 55+ reviews for 2 attractions)
Things to do: sightseeing, wineries
The Bear River is a minor river in western Nova Scotia, Canada. Flowing from south to north, it is long from its headwaters to its discharge into the Annapolis Basin, some east of Digby. The river is tidal for the last of its length. The village of Bear River (which today calls itself “The Tidal Village”) is situated near the head of the tide where shipbuilding took place in the nineteenth century.The river lies within an area long-occupied by native Mi'kmaq people, embodied today by members of the Bear River First Nation who still reside on the river. The native name for the river is L’sitkuk, (pronounced "elsetkook"). The area was settled by European settlers at nearby Port Royal at the start of the seventeenth century. Samuel de Champlain called it Rivière St. Antoine (St. Anthony's River) on his first map, but the name did not survive. In 1609 it appeared as Rivière Hébert (probably for Louis Hébert) on Lescarbot's map and the name held. It was altered following English occupation of the region probably in the late eighteenth century.The river forms part of the boundary between Annapolis and Digby Counties. It is a picturesque river, particularly in the lower reaches, and the steep forested slopes have led to the nickname "The Switzerland of Nova Scotia" being applied to the river valley area. The deeply cut valley, hewn from the contact between slate bedrock on the west and granite on the east, is a drowned river valley of which Digby Gut on the Bay of Fundy forms the northern extreme.
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