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Address: 4119 Highway 223, Victoria County, Iona, Nova Scotia B2C 1A3, Canada
Phone Number: 902-725-2272
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Description: Experience the lifestyle of the Scots in Nova Scotia at the Village's...
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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Great Historical Village

Very Interesting! The village depicts dwellers in Scotland before migration and then as they settled, farmed and improved their lot in life in Nova Scotia.All the "characters... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Fairfield, Iowa
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Fairfield, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Very Interesting! The village depicts dwellers in Scotland before migration and then as they settled, farmed and improved their lot in life in Nova Scotia.All the "characters" played their parts as if in the time they portrayed. The lady in the "stone house" in Scotland was so in character....you would have sworn she really did believe as she told us... More 

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College Station, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

My wife and I both have a Scottish heritage so when we saw the Highland Village Heritage site, we decided to give it a look-see. We were really pleased we made the effort. You have to work at getting there - a short $7 cable ferry ride took us over toward Iona followed by a short drive to the center.... More 

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Moncton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

i took the three kids on another historical trip through time and space. This village moves from 1800s Scotland to 1920s Cape Breton following the Gaels. Animators tell their first person story as you go from building to building. And not just a speech, but a real answer of your question; anything from tool questions to personal questions are explored... More 

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write about your visit. In case you're back this way we are very excited about the new operators of the Iona Heights Motel next door to the Highland Village. They have a Restaurant and also a nice little convenience / liquor store. Jill's chocolate shop is also on the site and offer all manner... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We learned of this attraction when traveling recently in Cape Breton. The self guided tour takes you to numerous restored dwellings each with a reenactor in period dress to explain everything about each dwelling. The village includes a school house, village store, smithy, farm, church (currently closed for renovation). There are several artifacts in each dwelling. Great place to take... More 

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

There are eleven historic buildings on our lakeside 43 acre site. We have a great crew who maintain these building in top form and they are paying a lot of attention to our beautiful church right now. We will have it back for your enjoyment as soon as possible. Thanks for taking the time to write about your visit. More 

Valparaiso, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The stop exceeded my expectations. My 16 yr old son asked me about our heritage and he got the full Gaelic history lesson complete with translation. You start at a house in 1800 Scotland and walk a short distance to next house in early Nova Scotia. There are cast members in each house doing their work and they greet you... More 

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

We are so pleased you and your son enjoyed your visit with us. The animators work hard to tell the story of Gaelic settlement in Nova Scotia in a fun and informative way. Thanks for taking the time to write about your experience. More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

What a pleasant and delightful surprise it was to visit the Highland Museum. I went because my ancestors came to Nova Scotia from Scotland in 1820 and I hoped to glean some insight into what it might have been like for them. Honestly I did not expect much, certainly nothing of the calibre of this museum. It is located considerably... More 

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to visit with us and write about your day. The staff work hard to learn their characters' history and will appreciate your thoughtful comments. More 

Wheeling IL
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Spent several hours in this 'open-air museum'. The docents told about their lives before coming to the New World, and after. The dwellings ranged from a simple peasant croft to a late 19th-century house, with various crafts exhibited as well. All the docents were pleasant and welcoming. Very nice day out.

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

Docent: a person who is a knowledgeable guide, especially one who conducts visitors through a museum and delivers a commentary on the exhibitions. Thank you for visiting, the nice comments on our animators and taking the time to write. Learning a new word definition is a bonus. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

The day started off rainy but the many exhibits at the highland village made the rain as part of the tour. Rough conditions the early Scotts experienced were displayed beautifully with all houses staffed by fully clothed in various characters acting out in first person portraits of the early settlement in Cape Breton. Well worth the trip to Iona NS... More 

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

You make an interesting point about our discomfort and the hardship experienced by the settlers. We hope you can return on a sunny day to take in the awe inspiring view from the Village. Thanks for visiting! More 

Beaufort, South Carolina
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

The village is small, but includes a full collection of the buildings that were present during the early days. Very interesting and well presented. However what made this most enjoyable to us was the friendliness of the guides and people there. They told tales that might have been told a century ago to pass the long winter nights, and sang... More 

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

Our animators work hard to learn their characters and the history of the period. It's great for them to be able to read your warm comments. Thank you for taking the time to write. More 

Nova Scotia, Canada
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5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

You feel like you've stepped back in time when visiting this authentic village. A great learning experience both for children and adults, makes you appreciate the hardships the first settlers endured.

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

With all the comforts we have today, it is difficult to imagine the challenges the settlers faced; especially during a harsh winter like this one. Thank you for sharing your experience. More 

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Additional Information about Highland Village

Address: Address: 4119 Highway 223, Victoria County, Iona, Nova Scotia B2C 1A3, Canada
Phone Number: 902-725-2272
Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Cape Breton Island  >  Iona
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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