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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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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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Bringing history to life...

This museum is a gem, the staff are amazing and what a location! Amazing to see all of the buildings from different eras, enjoyed by all of us. Not to be missed.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is a gem, the staff are amazing and what a location! Amazing to see all of the buildings from different eras, enjoyed by all of us. Not to be missed.

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Chania Town, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Various types of buildings (both structure & interior) take one through the historical times. Very interesting and enjoyable.

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

How nice to end 2015 on such a positive note. Thank you for your comments and all the best in the New Year. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed the Highland Village. Complete with a "you are there" feel, and beautiful views of the ocean, this is a "must go" for anyone visiting Cape Breton Island. The story of the Highlanders is fascinating . . . Characters dressed and played the part of the Highlanders in 1st person. We are so glad we went.

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your visit with us. We wish you a Happy New Year and hope you can return to us one day. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

A Scottish Village recreation with knowledgeable guides. Beautiful views of Bras D'or. Lots to see and experience. Free snack of oat cakes and hot chocolate.

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

We are closed for the season now but will reopen on June 1, 2016. We had a very busy and enjoyable year and appreciated meeting so many great people from all over the world. Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience. You can get in touch with us year round if you are doing genealogy research... More 

Sydney, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This was a great evening and family event. A guided tour of highland Village at night, with very interactive mini plays throughout the village in different homes. Parking was ample, and the tea & social afterwards served treats for everybody, and hot tea to warm up. The entertainment provided was true Cape Breton in its roots and the folks getting... More 

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

We're so glad you enjoyed the Night of the Spooks and that this will be a Halloween tradition for your family. There were over 400 volunteer hours contributed including 20+ young people from Rankin School. A BIG thanks to them as well as our great staff! More 

Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This is an excellent living history museum! After reading a bit of history about the Scottish highlanders, visitors walk through a number of houses, starting with a Scottish highlands stone "black house" and continuing through time as the highlanders settled on Cape Breton Island and learned to live in a new land. "Residents" in each house shared how the people... More 

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

Your positive words are much appreciated as we approach the end of another season at Baile nan Gàidheal/Highland Village. We hope you can return one day. Slainte! More 

Port Hood
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Friendly staff, lots of free parking, nice gift shop. The village that is set up on site is very interesting with lots of contact with employees in period costumes. Very nice family venue and the view of the Bra Dor Lakes is beautiful great place to do family research, Very nice motel nearby so pack a picnic lunch and enjoy... More 

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

It's important for visitors to Nova Scotia to know that the Highland Village is appreciated by local people. Thank you for taking the time to tell us what you enjoy about the Village. More 

Halifax
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

If you love history of any sort, the outdoors and a gorgeous view then this a must. We spent almost three hours exploring the Gaelic heritage between the buildings throughout the centuries and the lively interpreters that spoke in first person.

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

Our animators take on a role appropriate to the period house they are in. This requires a lot of study and preparation on their part. We are so pleased you enjoyed your experience with us. More 

Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

was you explore this picturesque site, the hosts provide insights into life in Scotland and as well as Cape Breton throughout the development of the area. From the rationale for leaving Scotland and embarking on a new life in Nova Scotia to current culture in the area, history comes to life. You need good walking shoes and be fairly fit... More 

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

How exciting to have visitors all the way from Bombay! Thank you for taking the time to visit and tell us about your experience. It is possible to park on the upper level which makes it much easier to enjoy the view and explore the Village. More 

Buffalo, New York
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66 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I very much enjoyed the spectacular views from the top of the village. I visited on a Fall day, the weather and views were lovely. One travels from home to home, chatting with folks dressed in period costumes, conversing about their day in the time period they represent. The oatcakes at the end are delicious!

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

It is possible to see a part of all four Cape Breton Counties from the top of the Village property because we are so centrally located. This would be spectacular on a clear fall day. Thank you for telling us about your visit. More 

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