Several years ago the children of Bear River First Nation asked Chief and Council to build a gymnasium. Then it was suggested building a community recreation center. They realized they could turn it into an outreach and use it as an economic generator for the community. The Bear River Mi’kmaq Heritage and Cultural Centre opened in October 2004 and is the largest building in the community. The entrance of the building resembles a traditional Mi’kmaq wigwam and contains a heritage gallery; with photos and write ups of Bear River’s Elders and past Chiefs. The first birch bark canoe to be built in Bear River in seven generations using traditional methods is on display inside.