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Highland Village

4119 Highway 223, Iona, Nova Scotia B2C 1A3, Canada
+1 902-725-2272
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Learned a lot about Gaelic Scottish settlers to Nova Scotia. The people dressed in period costume... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2016
Chris W
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Step back in time..

If you are in the Iona area, or visiting nearby, meander down the highway and take a walk through... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2016
JRoy53
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Vancouver, Canada
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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 3 October 2016 via mobile

Learned a lot about Gaelic Scottish settlers to Nova Scotia. The people dressed in period costume were very knowledgeable. You need at least two hours to see it all.

Thank Chris W
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2016

The story of Gaelic settlement in Nova Scotia tells us all a lot about ourselves. Thank you for writing about your visit.

Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

If you are in the Iona area, or visiting nearby, meander down the highway and take a walk through time from 1700s Scotland to early 1900s Nova Scotia. Volunteers are dressed in period clothing and have taken on the character of an early settler, possibly...More

Thank JRoy53
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2016

Thank you for taking the time to write. While the Highland Village does benefit greatly from volunteer assistance, the animators you mention are employees of the Village. We are pleased to be employing such dedicated & talented staff in rural Nova Scotia.

Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

I love this kind of stuff so I was not disappointed! It had culture, it was interactive, and the scenery is beautiful. I enjoyed the blacksmith and general store the best! But the church is beautiful!

Thank Tajtaylor
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2016

So pleased you enjoyed your visit. The story of moving our beautiful Church to the site is also a great tale.

Reviewed 26 September 2016

We stopped here on our tour of Cape Breton Really fun place ... Really effectively shows the story of the migration of the Gaelic speakers from The Scottish Highlands and Islands to Nova Scotia Very reasonable prices for anyone used to paying UK prices for...More

Thank Mike-from-Priddy
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Had a wonderful morning at the interactive Highland Village Museum. Friendly staff took us through 200 years of Scottish heritage. They were happy to answer our questions and share what life was like through the years, in character of course. We even heard about some...More

Thank TAGTerriAnn
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2016

Many of our staff members are descendants of Gaelic settlers. This makes the story personal for them and helps to connect visitors to the history of Gaelic settlement. We happy you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 23 September 2016

This is a great stop, it follows Scottish immigration from Scotland through all the years in Cape Breton, starting in the black house of Scotland, the log house here, and then through the years. there are wonderful people at all the buildings, acting the part...More

Thank Barbara d
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2016

Thanks for taking the time to write about your visit. We will pass along your thoughtful comments to our staff.

Reviewed 20 September 2016

My friend and I visited on a picture perfect, clear, sunny August day. This is a lovely living history village with excellent displays perched high atop a hill overlooking the water. You really learn how Scottish this place is, how interconnected everyone in CBI is,...More

Thank Joanne A
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2016

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. We do provide parking behind the church if you feel the walk up the hill is too challenging for you. Just ask at the gift shop.

Reviewed 19 September 2016

Beautiful view from the hill looking down at the Bra Dor Lakes. It was heritage day so lots of displays. They made, ice cream, butter, fish cakes ,and the natives from Eskasoni made homemade bannock on the open fire. All were delicious. They also showed...More

Thank Pauline. M
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2016

It looks like you had a full and interesting day with us! Thanks for sharing.

Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

I was very impressed with this place; its "living museum" with costumed docents giving you information for each era as if you were living in that era. Very informative and realistic. I really appreciate their mission of keeping Gaelic culture alive by preserving the language...More

Thank MeriR
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2016

The mission of the Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village is to research, collect, preserve and share the Gaelic heritage and culture of Nova Scotia and represent it accurately and vibrantly. Thank you for your support and writing about your visit.

Reviewed 11 September 2016

Not originally on the TO DO list when visiting Cape Breton, but saw the Amazing Race Canada air the segment when contestants were at the Highland Village in Iona and it sparked my interest to go. Short film at beginning gets you excited about the...More

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2016

Thank you for writing about your visit. We value any and all comments from our visitors. The Highland Village tells the story of Gaelic settlement in Nova Scotia. One of the many changes to the work environment since that time are the modern occupational health...More

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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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