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Highland Village

4119 Highway 223, Iona, Nova Scotia B2C 1A3, Canada
+1 902-725-2272
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Wonderful little gem

This museum is off the beat and track, but shouldn't be missed by those with Scottish ancestry. My... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Janet R
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Kitchener, Canada
Authentic History

We love historical sites, and since my wife has some distant Scottish ancestry, we put this on our... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mike1953
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Arizona
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Experience the lifestyle of the Scots in Nova Scotia at the Village's Outdoor Pioneer Museum or look up your Cape Breton roots at the Genealogy and Family History Centre. The Highland Village is situated on a beautiful site overlooking the Bras d'Or Lakes and is open from May to mid October.
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“general store” (19 reviews)
“nova scotia” (52 reviews)
“cape breton” (52 reviews)
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4119 Highway 223, Iona, Nova Scotia B2C 1A3, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is off the beat and track, but shouldn't be missed by those with Scottish ancestry. My daughter and I went the other day and we were impressed. It's a timeline village outlining the history of the Scottish migration to Cape Breton. The interpreters...More

Thank Janet R
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We love to see families tour through the Village. They get a real sense of what family life was like for the settlers. Thanks for writing about your visit.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love historical sites, and since my wife has some distant Scottish ancestry, we put this on our itinerary on our recent Nova Scotia trip. It was absolutely worth a few hours visit. It is a living history site, with several buildings of various vintage...More

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It is a great place to bring children. They love the animals, the old schoolhouse and seeing how children lived in the past.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed in Sydney, about 45 minutes away. My wife loves this type of historical park. There were many folks dressed for the period. All were friendly and quick to offer information. The place is in a fantastic setting high above the sea. We both...More

Thank Gary S
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for pointing out we are a short drive from Sydney. We are also close to Baddeck. There are several nice places to eat in the area. Thanks again for writing.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was right next door to our hotel, the Iona Heights Inn, which is a great place to stay. We took it slow and enjoyed the entire trip through time. My daugther fell in love with the little lady in the first house and...More

Thank Susan M
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

What a lovely description of your visit with us. Thank you for taking the time to tell us about it.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is another slice of history that Nova Scotians do so well. Located at Iona on Cape Breton Island, this, like Fortress Louisbourg, is a living history museum. It details the history of the Scots in Nova Scotia (Latin for New Scotland for the uninitiated)....More

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So pleased you enjoyed your visit. We agree that history can be presented in a fun and interesting manner. We will be sure to share your comments with our great staff. Thank you for writing.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the village, because we were booked into the Iona Inn. What a lovely place to go. The village is set up chronologically, so that's a different twist after visiting so many other recreated villages. We also got to learn about how those in...More

Thank Cath073
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We're pleased you got to experience the Highland Village and our great neighbour, the Iona Inn. Thanks for writing.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful place to walk back in time to see how Scottish settlers lived starting from around 1750. Excellent place to see and the staff are very friendly and in character for their respective periods.

Thank Jeff M
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write about your visit. We will pass along your kind comments to our staff.

Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

I have Scottish and Orkney heritage so I enjoyed the various buildings and the journey through history that each represented. The costumed docents were lovely and informative. The blacksmith was working which is fascinating to watch. I was there for the 2:00 p.m. Ceilidh, which...More

Thank JanBryant5
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2017

How lovely to read your comments and learn that your visit with us touched your heart. Thank you for writing.

Reviewed 12 July 2017

I'm of Scottish ancestry, so a stop here was a must. A very interesting place to visit. I enjoyed walking through each house and seeing how the settlers lived during each time period. On the day we visited, the fog was so thick you could...More

Thank R_OConnor14
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

I love your story. It sounds like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing.

Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

I always love seeing how people lived in different time periods. It was interesting to see the progression of their conditions over the years and how different inventions changed the way they lived. Plan to be there around 1.5-2 hrs

Thank H H
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thank you for the nice comments. The Highland Village tells the story of Gaelic settlement in Nova Scotia and there have been significant changes since that time.

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Response from April Joy B | Reviewed this property |
you would have to rent a car to go which is about a 70 km or over an hour ride. the scenery is spectacular. You could try UBER or alternatively a taxi BUT what i would suggest is contacting Cruiseline and if there is... More
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Shirley L
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Response from oldpo | Reviewed this property |
They would be open in 2016 on October 10, Canadian Thanksgiving day, not open on US date in November. They close October 18. It is definitely worth the trip!
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