More recently, Bear River has changed its focus to the tourist trade. This community has become known as a haven for artists and their works can be seen in studios and galleries scattered through the community and beyond.

There is a Mi’kmaq reservation in Bear River where the traditions and culture are still passed down the generations. The Bear River First Nations Health Clinic has been a generous supporter of the Bear River and Area Community Health Clinic exchanging information and even providing space for our doctor to practise when a fire forced our clinic temporarily out of commission.