A Day Trip To Bear River And Digby, NS

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July 30, 2011 was a beautiful, sunny Summer day in the Atlantic Canadian province of Nova Scotia.  On an impulse my Wife, Darlene and I decided to go on a day trip to Digby, Nova Scotia.  It was also recommended that we visit Bear River, Nova Scotia on the way to Digby.    So we packed up our camera gear, a few snacks for along the way, and overnight bag in case we decided to stay the night.

 

 

We got under way around noon.  The weather was perfect for driving.  The air conditioning in our car helped a lot in this respect.  After driving on Highway 101 for about an hour and a half or so we came to Bear River.  It is a quaint little area filled with memorable residents and shops.

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There is a small shop filled with bear-related merchandise which also sell soft serve ice cream.  This is a true “Mom and Pop” shop which is run by a friendly, elderly couple.  You can also visit the heritage museum, as well as an arts and crafts store.  There is even an old fashioned general store which also doubles as a liquor store if you are so inclined.

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There was also a farmers’ market taking place on the edge of the river.  Many of the shops along the main road were partially suspended above the water.  While the area is small there is lots of history and culture in this community.

 

 

 

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The real beauty in Bear River is the river itself.  It is a very peaceful sight with the lush green trees surrounding the river.

After picking up a few souvenirs and a soft serve ice cream cone we were on our way.  We stopped at the overpass to capture a few shots of the previously mentioned bridge and headed towards Digby, NS.

The real beauty in Bear River is the river itself.  It is a very peaceful sight with the lush green trees surrounding the river.

 

After picking up a few souvenirs and a soft serve ice cream cone we were on our way.  We stopped at the overpass to capture a few shots of the previously mentioned bridge and headed towards Digby, NS.

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Once we arrived in Digby we stopped at the local coffee shop and asked how to get to the water front.  So we followed the directions and landed at the Digby water front.  By this time we were getting pretty hungry, so we found a local restaurant which had tables overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.  We enjoyed the view and the local cuisine including the world famous Digby scallops.  We took a number of pictures right from our table.  I created a panoramic image of the government wharf and shoreline.

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We then took a short walk along the boardwalk.  Some of the buildings had wooden wall sculptures of nautical items and memorial plaques.

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We stopped by a local shop to buy another souvenir which Darlene deems an essential part of visiting other towns.  When we asked about other local attractions we were told of the Digby Lighthouse, so we got directions and visited the lighthouse.

We were hoping to be able to take some photos of the lighthouse with the ocean as the background, but the location of the lighthouse prevented this from being possible.  There was lots of greenery around the lighthouse.

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The lighthouse was close to a cliff which was at least 50ft. above the beach   Darlene was a bit nervous of me going even 10ft. from the edge.

 

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It was starting to get late at this point, so we decided to head back home.  All in all  we had a very enjoyable day trip, and will be sure to return to this picturesque area of Nova Scotia.  Hopefully next time we will have more time to explore the near by area called Digby Neck and perhaps go on one of the popular whale watching cruises.

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