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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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Weaverville, North Carolina
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89 reviews 89 reviews
15 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

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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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 NEW

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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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 NEW

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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277 reviews 277 reviews
53 attraction reviews
466 helpful votes 466 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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225 reviews 225 reviews
42 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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172 reviews 172 reviews
32 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 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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103 reviews 103 reviews
66 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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157 reviews 157 reviews
111 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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

Olathe, Kansas
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97 reviews 97 reviews
57 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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

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