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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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Informative and fun, the participants are passionate and clearly love their jobs. I will be definitely be back next summer!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Halifax, Canada
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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Informative and fun, the participants are passionate and clearly love their jobs. I will be definitely be back next summer!

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Glace Bay, Canada
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Very interesting step back in time. Also pleased with the staff .They took their time to talk and explain what life was like back then, we even heard some Gaelic spoken.

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

Thanks for taking the time to write. You can also hear Gaelic sung at our regular ceilidhs and milling frolics and maybe learn a phrase or two. For scheduled activities check out highlandvillage .novascotia.ca More 

Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This is a step back in time. The place is well designed so you kind of time Travel back to the early Scottish Settlers and experience their lives. This is a great place to come for the day with Family and Friends. We use our annual pass to come here at least 1 or 2 per year. Each time you... More 

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

There are 11 period buildings staffed by costumed animators on a 43 acre sight in Iona. I'm glad you pointed out that there is always something new to be found on your visits. Thank you for telling us about it. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

A beautiful outdoors museum well worth a visit. Thoroughly enjoyed visiting the houses and people from the different time periods. Learned so much about a culture both different and similar to ours. Excellent guides!

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MaxMacDonald, Front Office Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the comments. Our animators work hard to prepare their characters and knowledge of the culture. It is very nice to see them recognized. More 

Warrnambool, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

An extremely thorough and interesting compilation of the history and stages of Scottish settlement in Nova Scotia. Views were spectacular and the persons were dressed in period costume and very informative about the history of settlement. The downside was being a cold and windy day there were no cafe facilities for visitors who travel a long to get to the... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to write. While we don't have a cafe on site, we do have coffee and tea, pop, water as well as oatcakes, potato chips and fudge available. There are also menus available in our gift shop for the three establishments within 10 minutes, including one next door, where you can have a sit down meal.... More 

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

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

So glad you enjoyed your visit. We really enjoyed reading about it. We hope the fairies are good to you always! More 

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

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

Glad you enjoyed your visit with us and that you took the time to write about it. Sounds like you drove back via Washabuck which is a bit rough. Locals usually opt for the ferry if coming from the Baddeck side. There are a number of them in Nova Scotia and you can purchase a pass good for 5 trips... More 

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 

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Additional Information about Highland Village

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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