The most recent pamphlet we can find written by a resident of Bear River about the village is “History and Stories of Bear River, The Switzerland of Nova Scotia.”
This wonderful glimpse of the village, complete with photos, was written in May,1977. Here is it reproduced digitally for your enjoyment. Click on image to enlarge.
Unfortunately Ancil and Ethel Ellis have both passed on, but with enough encouragement, maybe another “old timer” will tell you a few stories.