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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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St Albert AB Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
28 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

11 dwellings to visit all scattered up a hill. Found the climb exhausting, which took away from my enjoyment. Interpreters mainly entertaining. In a beautiful area

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

Thanks for taking the time to write about your recent visit to the Highland Village. It's unfortunate that upon arrival we didn't get the message to you that there is an option to drive up the hill and park in the upper parking lot. From there you can explore a good part of the village without the walk up the... More

Paisley, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This heritage village brings alive the story of the early arrivals from the Scottish highlands and islands. Through houses reflecting the journey from arrival to the early 20th century. actors bring life to the exhibits with informative stories and dress. Well worth a visit if you enjoy history.

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

It's always nice to have someone visit from the "old country". Thanks for telling us about your visit. More

Weaverville, North Carolina
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91 reviews 91 reviews
16 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Spent a few hours here. The village is very interesting going from the type of housing of the scots in Scotland through a variety of dwellings in Nova Scotia from their initial arrival through the 19th century. The buildings were well maintained and the animators were excellent. As a plus the views of the lake from the top of the... More

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

What a pleasure to hear from someone all the way from North Carolina! You have quite a history of Scottish settlement there as well. It was great to read your comments. More

River Ryan, Nova Scotia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Although I've from the local area, our trip to the Highland Village was worth a re-visit. The animators were in every interpretive home and the blacksmith was tending his craft. The walk through the village is self-guided, telling the story of our Celtic ancestors from their clearance in Scotland to their settlement in Cape Breton up to the mid 1900's.... More

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

It's great to hear that you are from the local area. Too often we tend to overlook the wonderful experiences available in our back yard and opt for adventure farther afield. Thank you for taking the time to write about your visit. More

Salt Lake City, Utah
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The timeline, from Scotland to Cape Breton and through the decades, is meaningfully depicted in the collection of period houses and by the interpreters of their appointed eras. This is an easy detour on Cape Breton, whichever direction you are headed. It's a must-see if you are interested in the many immigrant stories of the Canadian Maritimes.

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

Telling the story of Gaelic settlement in Nova Scotia is a passion for the interpreters at the Highland Village. This is, in part, because they are telling the story of their ancestors. Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your visit to the Highland Village. More

Halifax, Canada
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287 reviews 287 reviews
57 attraction reviews
475 helpful votes 475 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Highland Village is a recreated Celtic Village in Iona, located along the beautiful Bras D'or lakes. There is a short video in the Visitor Centre/Gift Shop, that is well worth seeing before beginning the self-guided tour of the site. It chronicles over a four-century period, the history of the Scottish people who immigrated to Canada, beginning in their native country... More

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

Thank you for visiting with us and taking the time to write about your experience. I am so glad your wife was able to participate in a milling frolic. This takes place on a daily basis at the Village. The Gaelic songs and stories of our ancestors are so very important to us. We are also excited that so many... More

Kitchener, Canada
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226 reviews 226 reviews
42 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

It is a self-guided place but there are interpreters dressed in costumes around to answer any questions. We really enjoyed our visit - there was a music festival for that Saturday and that was a treat. Take your time to walk through the village. The person at the blacksmith was very informative about people in the blacksmith trade.

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

I'm so pleased you were able to take in the Highland Village Day Concert while you were here. This was the 53rd edition of the event. Thank you for telling us about your visit. More

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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173 reviews 173 reviews
32 attraction reviews
200 helpful votes 200 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Although you could rush through this attraction, I don't know why you would want to. It is a real gem in a stunning setting with amazing people that are a wealth of knowledge about another way of life. My husband and I had so thoroughly enjoyed the Fortress of Louisburg that we had no doubts that we would equally enjoy... More

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

I could not have written a description of the Highland Village nearly as well as you have in the first paragraph of your comments. Thank you for taking the time to pass on your very thoughtful comments. More

London, England, United Kingdom
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104 reviews 104 reviews
66 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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

Thank you for mentioning the many opportunities to try out the Gaelic language. There are many opportunities to get involved in activity at the Highland. We feel it is important to offer this but not to pressure the visitors in any way. This means that you can experience the Highland Village your way. More

Greenland, New Hampshire
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161 reviews 161 reviews
113 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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

Thank you for the kind words. We are very pleased to hear your comments on the fine work our interpreters do in relating the story of Gaelic settlement in Nova Scotia. More

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