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Canoe Annapolis County

Route 9 – Bear River

Located In Bear River
Where To Find Us
Access: Wharf St
Bear River
Other Site Locations Access: Boat Launch
Old Trunk 1
Bear River
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Areas Served Annapolis County
Phone 902-665-5010
Contact Debra Ryan, Recreation Manager
Description & Services
Information The route consists of a tidal river that connects the village of Bear River to Smiths Cove on the Annapolis Basin. Noted as "The Rhine" of Nova Scotia, the river nestles between steep, rolling hills and served as an important and historical canoe route for the Mi'kmaw people of the area, connecting the Annapolis Basin with inland waterways and the province's South Shore. Housing development is evident, yet due to its tidal nature, the route offers a variety of flora and fauna. Mid-way along the river, extensive marsh banks harbour waterfowl. 
At high tide, the river is navigable at all locations for two to three hours. Water levels between high and low tide will drop approximately 5 metres. At low tide, the water channel narrows, exposing mud flats and marsh areas, but remains navigable. However, exiting the river becomes a problem, as the soft clay flats make walking very difficult. If using the Bear River Entry, Exit Point, it is recommended that canoeists launch two to three hours before, and exit two hours after high tide. Launching and exiting at the Highway 101 bridge Entry, Exit Point is not affected by the tide. Canoeists are advised to check local tide tables, and cautioned that unattended canoes near the shoreline will quickly float away on a rising tide. Current action at the mouth of the river near the Highway 101 bridge is noticeable but does not pose a serious hazard. The route is prone to strong winds, and consideration to weather conditions is advised. 
Click HERE for launch location(s), map and route details.
Trail or Water Route Map
Special Information
Tags Active Transportation ; Annapolis Valley Connect ; Canoe/Kayak ; Maps ; NS Trail Guide ; Outdoor Recreation ; Recreation Categories
Categories - General Canoeing ; Kayaking ; Maps ; Recreational Rivers