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Highland Village

4119 Highway 223, Iona, Nova Scotia B2C 1A3, Canada
+1 902-725-2272
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This is a wonderful place to walk back in time to see how Scottish settlers lived starting from... read more

Reviewed 18 July 2017
Jeff M
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Beautiful and interesting

I have Scottish and Orkney heritage so I enjoyed the various buildings and the journey through... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2017
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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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“cape breton” (58 reviews)
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4119 Highway 223, Iona, Nova Scotia B2C 1A3, Canada
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Reviewed 18 July 2017 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.

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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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Reviewed 11 July 2017

A lovely spot on a hill with amazing views. The museum had staff in costume who played the part of the different townspeople over the ages in Nova Scotia. Interesting and informative and kept your attention due to the interaction. Worth the short trip from...More

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

Thanks for writing. There is a very nice restaurant within walking distance next door. We do provide parking on the upper level if walking is a concern. Most of the Village can be explored quite easily from there.

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Reviewed 11 July 2017

My wife and I had a great time visiting the Highland Village Museum on our quick trip through Cape Breton. The living museum was well organized as it followed the development of the Celtic Culture in Nova Scotia and included a small working farm. A...More

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

What a lovely story! Thank you for writing it. I can almost hear the laughter of the children. There is parking available on the upper level if you are concerned about the walk up the hill.

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Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Sweet living history of Scottish immigrant life. Visitors progress through time as they follow the path. Beatiful views surround, too. Saw families with young children. They were free to touch old items and interact with enactors. Easy drive from Baddeck using a small ferry.

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

Thanks for writing and pointing out we are happy to have children visit. They love the animals and the old school house. They also enjoy seeing demonstrations with the blacksmith and asking questions about how children used to live in Nova Scotia.

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Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

We visited here while on a recent trip to Nova Scotia. We really enjoyed our visit at this museum. This museum has incredible views of the surrounding lake. We especially enjoyed the live demonstrations of what life was like in Scotland. This attraction requires some...More

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience with us. The museum is built on a hill overlooking the Bras d'Or Lakes but if you require, there is also parking available on the upper level.

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Reviewed 19 June 2017

I've been to a lot of living history type attractions (e.g., Plimoth Plantation), but the Highland Village in Iona is hands-down the best I've ever seen. The village documents Gaelic heritage and life in Cape Breton from the 1700s to the 20th century through different...More

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2017

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. Many of the animators are telling the story of their ancestors. This makes then very knowledgeable and passionate about their work.

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Reviewed 8 May 2017

This was not my first time here, but always enjoy walking the grounds and usually learn something new each visit. So much history to take in.The buildings are being well looked after,kept in good repair. The staff very friendly and informative. Beautiful scenery.

Thank Marlene P
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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2017

So good to hear about your visit with us. The staff work hard to keep the experience fresh so that there are new things to discover on each visit. Thanks for taking the time to write.

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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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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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