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Fine Art + Exceptional Craft + Exquisite Studio Jewelry

The Flight of Fancy is an award-winning art and craft gallery located in Bear River, Nova Scotia, Canada. Offering a unique shopping experience with something for everyone.

Proudly supporting local and showcasing excellence in art and craft from over 150 artisans; find one-of-a-kind, handmade treasures in our eclectic collection. Disciplines include: painting, woodwork (carved, turned, burned, steamed), raku, porcelain, earthenware, pottery, hand blown glass, ironwork, indigenous crafts - baskets, drums, carvings, beadwork, leatherwork, jewelry - as well as candles, books, wooden toys, small batch soap, natural care products for health and wellness, notecards and more!

Celebrating over 40 years in business, ‘The Flight’ has long since established itself as one of Atlantic Canada’s most outstanding fine art and craft retailers offering an exciting selection of visual arts in Nova Scotia; contemporary abstract to traditional mastery. Mediums include oil, acrylic, watercolor, photographic, silkscreen, wood, glass, stone, bone, antler, clay, textile, leather, and iron. From stunning observations of light passing through bottles in a still-life to brilliant moose antler carvings depicting the symbiotic relationship between Indigenous Peoples and their environment shared with the animals, birds and Mother Nature.

Shop from the comfort of your home or come and see for yourself. Just follow the river to our door…

The Tidal Village on Stilts

The Flight of Fancy would like to acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People whose presence here reaches back to time immemorial. We honour their long history of welcoming many Nations to this land.

The Bear River itself defines the border between the counties of Annapolis and Digby and distinguishes the village as one close-knit community. Remarkably, this village of approximately 800 residents, is run by volunteers as there is no town government. The people of Bear River are friendly, community-minded and especially welcoming to those “from away”.

We invite you to take a drive to the quaint village on stilts located at the head of the tidewaters of the Bear River along the picturesque Evangeline Trail in Nova Scotia. The village is bustling with small business and home to multiple art galleries, shops, cafes, restaurant, pub, convenience store and gas station. For more information, or to plan your stay, please visit www.bearriver.ca

Since long ago, the Bear River tidal water connects to the highest tides in the world, flowing in or out twice everyday, remains the constant heartbeat of this historic, picturesque village on stilts. Come explore the Artist Trail.

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