Beaver River, Nova Scotia

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Beaver River, Nova Scotia is located in Nova Scotia
Beaver River, Nova Scotia
Beaver River in Nova Scotia

Coordinates: 44°0′53.25″N 66°8′58.34″W / 44.0147917°N 66.1495389°W / 44.0147917; -66.1495389

Beaver River (population: 286) is a small rural community that straddles the Digby County and Yarmouth County line, located on the southwest coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, near the town of Yarmouth.

Beaver River was originally named Elsetcook which was a Mikmaq word meaning "Flowing by high banks". The first settlers, who rarely accepted outsiders to their settlement, had last names such as: Hersey, Landers, Pitman, Sanders, Crosby, Patten, Cann, Goudey, Perry, Jeffrey, Tedford, Corning, Killam, Trask, Blackadar, Byrnes, Phillips, Kelley, Porter, and Sollows. Many of these names are still quite common around Yarmouth County today. (List from "Brown's History of Yarmouth County") There are three recently restored cemeteries now maintained by the Old Beaver River and Port Maitland Cemeteries Preservation Society where many of these early settlers are buried.