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The Millyard development is a legacy  from Bob Benson to the community of Bear River.  Even in his retirement years, Bob is committed to making the village a better place.  As a native of the town, Bob spent much of his youth on the river and delights in sharing the opportunity to connect to this very special tidal river with visitors to the town.   His keen memory is a great source of historical information and Bob is always happy to share a few stories with those interested in the history and lore of the area.

The millyard property, once the site of four different mills, including the last operational mill , is situated on a point of land, originally known as Clarke Marsh. The mills included steam and electric operations.   Close to the village, the 5 acre property  juts out into the river offering a spectacular view of the tidal river on three sides. There are more than twenty varieties of coniferous and deciduous trees, including cherry trees which grew from the roots of the first cherry tree ever planted in Bear River.

Birdwatchers have spotted geese, a variety of ducks, cormorants. turkey vultures, blue heron, hawks, and bald eagles are a common sight.

Fossils can also be found on the property and along the river. Launching facilities are on site for those who want to bring their own canoe or kayak  or small boat and a trip on the river is both spectacular and educational.




Located on the edge of the village of Bear River, known as the Switzerland of Nova Scotia, and  "the tidal village on stilts," shops are within an easy walking distance.  Also nearby is the Bear River First Nations, Oakdene Center, with a variety of artist studios, and three restaurants.

The geographical aspect of Bear River is unique.  Nestled in the valley between two steep hills, it is divided by the ever-changing rise and fall of the river.

Bear River is rich in the history of the shipbuilding tradition of Nova Scotia. Here, schooners and square rigged vessels were built in the numerous shipyards and sailed with their cargo around the world.  Once a thriving seaport town, Bear River is now renowned for its natural beauty and the many artists that make their home here.

Also on the Millyard Recreation grounds is a common area building that features a farmer's and trader's market every Saturday in the summer season. A free space at the market is included with the fee of a cottage or campsite.