The Bear River Millyard Recreation is the ongoing vision of the revitalization of a long neglected area of a once vital and prosperous village of Bear River, Nova Scotia. The tidal Bear River, running from the Bay of Fundy, was the heartbeat of this once proud shipbuilding and lumbering town and the focus of the river is renewed with the Millyard project.
Located along the tidal Bear River, we have created a unique design of camp cottages, which combine upscale camping accommodations, gazebos, and an exceptional view of the tidal river.
The rise and fall of the Bay of Fundy tide, combined with the various species of birds, the hardwood hills, the delightful sunsets, the salt/fresh water marshes and the slate river banks are all inspirational to an artist's retreat.
The cottages were individually designed by Frank Zimmeck of Germany, and feature intricate design details that delight all those who see them. They are situated close to the riverside for intimate views of the tidal flow and birdlife. Watch the bald eagles soar above you as the tide comes in.
Walk on the bottom of the river to study the incredible rock formations along the river banks, search for fossils and distinctive flora.
Three cottages are now ready for rental, as well as ten campsites each with its own fire pit and view of the river. The bath house is conveniently located to all areas, with two showers and two bathrooms.
The cottages feature a queen sized bed, dresser, radio, microwave, utensils and dishes and each has a gazebo area with barbeque and table and chairs.
Down Along the River
The tidal Bear River has been a source of fascination as long as there have been people to see it. The M'iqmaq first settled here followed by the Planter in the 1740's, the Loyalist and Hessians in the 1780's. The river was the focal point upon which the village was built. Because of the twice daily tides rising 29 feet at the mouth of the river, the location was perfect for shipbuilding, making a natural drydock. At one time there were seven shipyards in operation and the town was the largest in the area.
Now the river still runs through the heart of the village, but down at the Millyard, we think the rest of the river is well worth spending some time with. Walk along the river floor at low tide and explore the nooks and crannies of its shores, filled with fabulous rock formations and wonderful species of flora. The marshes are both salt and fresh water, an unusual combination, and there are many forms of plant life unique to this phenomenon.