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Highland Village

4119 Highway 223, Victoria County, Iona, Nova Scotia B2C 1A3, Canada
902-725-2272
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Iona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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London, England, United Kingdom
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98 reviews 98 reviews
62 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This museum is just about the right size, takes about two hours to walk around. Quite a steep climb to the start. Chronological progression aids understanding. Lots of stuff on display and very knowledgable helpful staff. I particularly enjoyed seeing how flax is processed in the first steps to making linen. It is an exposed site so if it is... More

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Greenland, New Hampshire
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139 reviews 139 reviews
100 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

While a bit off the beaten path, this is an exceptional site to visit. Not only are there houses, but very skilled and interesting interpreters stationed within to help explain and answer questions about the Scottish culture that was transplanted to Cape Breton. It is on a hill overlooking the lakes and everywhere there is something to delight photographers. The... More

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Olathe, Kansas
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90 reviews 90 reviews
54 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is a wonderful place to learn about the immigration and settlement of the Scottish in Nova Scotia. As you visit the 11 buildings you'll get a chance to speak to one of the highland villagers and learn their story and watch them going about their duties. This may be weaving, cooking or working with the animals. The village is... More

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

Thank you very much for the thoughtful comments, Jennifer. The attached photos also help others to see some of the beauty that you experienced while visiting with us.Thanks for taking the time to visit with us and sharing your thoughts about the experience. More

Washington, DC
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I agree with all the positive reviews of Highland Village. My wife and I had a very nice visit; really enjoyed walking through the buildings and interacting with the living history personnel. If a ceilidh is offered......attend and soak-up the culture. The Highland Village was one of my favorite memories of our vacation in the Canadian maritime.

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

Thank you for the kind words, DCKevin. The great thing about TripAdvisor is that locations are reviewed by the people who visit them. This way you can balance out what the general mood is of visitors to a given location or event and make an informed decision yourself. We are pleased that the Highland Village has received a TripAdvisor Award... More

Independence, Missouri
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

My mom and I got up early to drive back to Halifax and get on the plane for home the next day. This attraction was a nice ending to our trip. I am glad we did this. We could have spent a lot more time here but we were both tired and ready to be headed home so we didn't... More

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

Great to have visitors from the hometown of President Truman! Travelling can be tiring sometimes so we're really glad you took the time to visit with us and write about your experience. We hope you can return when you have more time and can enjoy all that the Highland Village has to offer. More

Calgary, Canada
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158 reviews 158 reviews
64 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This is a collection of buildings tracing the history of the Scots from before the mass emigrations from Scotland to the settlement in Nova Scotia to the transition into the last century. Each building is staffed by an extremely knowledgeable person, in the clothing of the time period, that can tell you about the building, the people that would have... More

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

Thanks for writing, Nick! I'm glad that you mention that you heard some Gaelic during your visit. I hope that you can take part in one of our regular ceilidhs next time where you can hear some Gaelic songs and even learn a phrase or two. More

Sydney, Australia
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226 reviews 226 reviews
140 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We really enjoyed our visit to the village. The characters dressed in costume in the various buildings are very friendly and knowledgeable. We actually participated in a 'milling' demonstration and it was a lot of fun, it is great to see how proud they are of their language and culture. As you walk around the site visiting the various buildings... More

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

Thank you for visiting with us and writing about your experience. I'm glad you mention that you participated in the milling demonstration. We are keenly aware that participation makes a visit more enjoyable and keep looking for new ways to provide that type of experience.Thanks again! More

Truro, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This place is filled with good history, informative people and those who are ultimately very thoughtful. They well embody the Cape Breton spirit and show some heavens honest dedication to the original culture of Cape Breton and all that it means to go in to spend time. It is a bit of a walk up the first hill, but beyond... More

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

It is certainly wonderful to hear your comments, Ashley! The staff work hard to provide a great experience and to hear you describe their efforts as " informative people ... who are ultimately very thoughtful." is very rewarding for them. Thank you. More

Nova Scotia, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

A beautiful location, engaging and well-informed staff, a visit to this location is definitely worth the drive. Starting with a bit of a walk up a steep hill, the rest is smooth sailing through old style buildings and costumed staff that put you in a different era offering different stories and experiences dependent on their relative time period. I'm by... More

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

Thank you for writing. I\m glad that you pointed out you don't have to be a "history enthusiast" to enjoy a visit to the Highland Village. More

Redditch, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Very enjoyable way to spend a few hours. You need to be fairly mobile as the exhibits are situated on a hill and you walk between each building. The people who are part of the experience are in character and explain what their story is and how it relates to the period of time and how Nova Scotia developed over... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write about your visit with us. It is also good that you pointed out that the Village is situated on a hill with a stunning view of the Bras d'Or lakes. We welcome anyone with mobility issues to drive to the church parking lot at the top of the hill to enjoy their... More

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