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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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Gem in Iona

A gem in the Museums of Nova Scotia, went to hear Gaelic singing, and experienced the re enacted Highland Village. A Dog Friendly museum, that gives an interesting portrayal of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Chester, Canada
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Chester, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

A gem in the Museums of Nova Scotia, went to hear Gaelic singing, and experienced the re enacted Highland Village. A Dog Friendly museum, that gives an interesting portrayal of the history of the Scottish settlers. A stop here is very rewarding, amazing views of the Bras D'Or Lakes and a village made for photographers. Lived in NS all of... More 

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

We often don't visit the wonderful attractions in our own area. I'm glad you did and took the time to write about it. More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The best way to experience history is to see how it was lived Wheelchair access: Yesish. The main visitor centre is fine albeit no disabled toilet. As long as you are ok with a bumpy walk and being hauled up 1 or 2 steps into the exhibit halls you will be fine.

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Thank you for taking the time to write. More 

Ormond Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Very enjoyable experience! There was a Gaelic music festival the afternoon we arrived,very pleasant surprise and nice to hear in the background as you go through the village. The staff there were in period costumes,spoke Gaelic / English and really described the different eras and living conditions.Beautiful walk and ocean views from top of village.Wonderful stop for 2 hours,glad we... More 

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

The views certainly are beautiful from the hill and the Gaelic music being played on the site must have been wonderful to hear. Thanks for telling us about it. More 

Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

We and our children ages 6, 8, & 10 had a great morning learning in an interactive hands on manner. It was very informative and visual with the first home you visit is in the 1700's, Scotland. You travel through history seeing the changes made to each home as new technologies are made. It was great for the kids as... More 

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So pleased you and your family enjoyed your visit with us. Thanks for taking the time to write about it. More 

Bethesda, Maryland, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Though the village was a bit out of the way it was well worth the visit. Very informative with first person actors and arranged in a chronological fashion. The kids learned a lot about the Scottish settlers and how their housing/lifestyle changed from 1700's through 1900's based on their settlement in the area.

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

It's always lovely to hear how much families enjoy visiting with us and how much information the children take away with them. Thank you for telling us about your experience. More 

Milton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Our family visited the Highland Village on a day when there was a ceilidh with Gaelic storytelling, singing, fiddling, and dancing in the school house. The adults and children in our group were enthralled. There were also First Nation members sharing their art, music, customs, and culture. A soldier re-enactor from Louisburg fired his musket and let the children feel... More 

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

Our animators work hard to relate the story of Gaelic settlement in Nova Scotia. They do this by sharing sharing stories, song, language and demonstrations. In many cases they are telling the story of their own family history and so the work is meaningful for them. Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience. More 

Austin, Texas
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The village and the animals are very cool but the views are simply breathtaking. My Scottish and Irish ancestors all came to the US in the 1600s, so I'm not very connected to my heritage. Yet, something about this place really moved me. The timing of the immigration is different from that of my family's but I truly felt like... More 

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

So pleased you felt "at home" with us. You can see all four Cape Breton Counties from our site as well. More 

Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Loved the layout of the village - really made us feel as though we were on a journey! As a family, we learned some Gaelic and all about sheep and horses on the farm.

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

It is nice to see families enjoy exploring the Village and discovering how families lived when Nova Scotia was being settled. Thanks for writing. More 

Baltimore
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This visit exceeded my expectations. I'm not usually a fan of these historical villages, but this one is done very well, with "animators" in many of the houses, answering questions in two modes, one in character, the other as modern people. The progression of history from Scotland during the Highland Clearances, to turn of the century Nova Scoita, is told... More 

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So pleased you enjoyed your visit with us. Thank you for taking the time to write. More 

Bangor, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We stayed far longer at the Gaelic College than we'd planned and had hotel reservations in Antigonish to get to, but we decided to at least drive through Iona before leaving the island. Last minute decision to stop at the HIghland Village despite only having an hour to tour the village. Could have spent more time, but got a great... More 

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

It's too bad you only had an hour to spend with us but you certainly got a good sense of the experience we offer. The good thing is you will have lots more to enjoy on your next visit. Thank you for taking the time to write. More 

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