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Highland Village

Address: 4119 Highway 223, Victoria County, Iona, Nova Scotia B2C 1A3, Canada
Phone Number: 902-725-2272
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Ranked #8 of 174 things to do in Iona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Experience the lifestyle of the Scots in Nova Scotia at the Village's Outdoor Pioneer Museum or...
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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Nova Scotia, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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83 reviews 83 reviews
44 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This outdoor museum captures time gone by in a very real way. You need to get used to the characters playing the roles of the settlers. Lovely views too.

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

Thank you for the lovely comments. We appreciate you taking the time to write. Have a look at our Facebook page and you will see some photos that demonstrate the views at the Village are also stunning when snow covered. More 

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5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We really enjoyed the interpretive center that featured buildings typical of the Gaelic culture typical of Scotland to modern times! Be aware that one literally a small mountain, but it is worth it, The interpreters are very interesting, especially when they tell stories and sing in Scottish Gaelic.

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

It was lovely to read your warm comments on a cold Nova Scotia morning. Thank you for taking the time to write. More 

North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Love the slow climb up the hill to encounter the first house the settlers lived in, how modest and crude it was, and then further on, to encounter the homes (love the style of the home) of the more well to do officers. My grandkids were thrilled with the square nails hammered out by the blacksmith. The view is an... More 

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

I love your comment about how thrilled the children were to see the blacksmith at work. We're pleased you enjoyed your visit with us. Thank you for taking the time to write about it. More 

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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

LOVED THIS PLACE! Walk into the past at this outdoor museum celebrating the migration from Scotland. Open air museum. People in period dress discuss the different buildings, which represent each part of the migration from Scotland (stone croft) to well-developed Nova Scotia farm communities. And don't miss the fresh oatcakes (and recipe) and tea in the welcome center. Side note:... More 

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

Oatcakes are very tasty indeed! Did you try the recipe? I'm glad you took the opportunity to drive your Mom to the upper part of the Village and that she got along fine from there. Thanks for writing. More 

Medway
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

A trip through the village is a trip through Cape Breton's past. The people you meet talk to you as though they live in the houses and are a mine of information about their particular point in time. They can spin and dye wool...carve wood....sing in gaelic.... Beware the mist.... for a brief moment the mist came in from the... More 

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

At the end of a long season, it will be really nice for our dedicated animators to hear you lovely comments. Thanks for taking the time to write. Visitors are always welcome to drive up and park beside the church if they have mobility issues. This way you can explore most of the Village without having to walk up the... More 

Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

It was a quiet,misty day when we visited which added to the atmosphere. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the reenactors were knowledgeable and answered all our questions. They really helped us feel in the moment. I think everyone with an interest in their Highland heritage should pay a visit. I'm hoping to go back!

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

For those interested in exploring their roots a little deeper, the Highland Village also hosts Roots Cape Breton. This is a computer-assisted research service for those in search of their Cape Breton roots. Research may be carried out on site or by e-mail. Thanks for taking the time to write and we're glad you enjoyed your experience with us. More 

Somerset, England
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281 attraction reviews
283 helpful votes 283 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We were driving the scenic roads around Bras d'Or Lakes and this made a convenient break for us on our way to Sydney. There are four different time lines at this museum dedicated to the Gaelic culture. Life wasn't so very different for the people who came to Nova Scotia originally. Very quiet when we visited early in September but... More 

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

The view from the Village is stunning. We are happy you took the time to spend talking with the animators. They work hard to prepare for their roles. Thanks for taking the time to write. More 

Regina, Canada
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69 reviews 69 reviews
30 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I loved the Highland Village from the friendly staff that greeted us when we arrived to every since employee in dressed in period costumes based on which stage of the journey they represented. We start in Scotland in the 1700's, as you follow the path you come to the "new world" and end in the early 1900's. The staff did... More 

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

Thank you for the suggestion to take your time. There is much to enjoy at the Highland Village as you have pointed out. Thanks for writing about your visit. More 

Placitas, New Mexico
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62 reviews 62 reviews
25 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Tells the story of the early settlers from Scotland. Everyone was quite nice and were well versed in the history of the area. The views of the Bras d'Or lakes is amazing.

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

It nice when people can read about other travellers' experiences. This really helps them make decisions about their own travel. Thanks for writing about your visit to the Highland Village. More 

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