Route 9 – Bear River
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.
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