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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 #1 of 1 Attractions in Iona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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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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English first
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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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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30 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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

Ottawa
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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014 via mobile

Once again we were very lucky to have sunny, warm (and windy day which is often the norm here!) day visiting the highland village - almost at the end of season so hardly anyone there, plus a couple of the short distance ferries weren't running that week (for maintenance we were told but seems poor planning - they should wait... More

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

Thank you for mentioning that parking is available on the upper level if you have mobility issues. We are happy to offer that service. I am so glad you enjoyed your visit and took the time to share your experience here. More

Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We learned much more than I ever expected. We met staff in most buildings, who gave us very interesting commentary and were open to questions and conversation. This is not an original village, but almost all the buildings are the real thing, relocated, sometime by heroic means. Highlights: Seeing a cabin the same size and uncannily like my Scotch descendent... More

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

Wow! Thanks for the help with the pig! We really appreciate it. We also appreciate you taking the time to visit with us and writing about your experience. More

Miramichi, Nb. Canada
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46 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Excellent...it was a gorgeous day.. Great family experience.. Seeing first hand what the Scottish went through..some of the history you never hear about in school...hearing it from the staff in costume..was like you were hearing it from the immegrents themselves..

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

Thanks for taking the time to write and pointing out that the whole family can enjoy a visit to the Highland Village. More

Virginia
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86 reviews 86 reviews
21 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Frankly, these types of attractions don't appeal to me and I was rather indifferent to touring the village. I was expecting to be bored; thankfully I wasn't. The village was very interesting. A self-guided tour is set up for you where you stop at houses that portray different periods of time. Each stop had a story to tell and the... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write. It's nice when you have a pleasant surprise and we're glad we were able to provide one for you. More

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