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“Excellent, scenic...emotional”
Review of Highland Village

Highland Village
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Iona
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed August 4, 2013

Period houses and rock shelters all assembled on a drop-dead gorgeous hill to teach us about the Highland Resettlements to Nova scotia and the Scots' subsequent living conditions in Cape Breton...lots of re-enacters in costumes...call to see when there are actors there to have a caileigh with visitors.

Fabulous restaurant in motel next door....the whole place takes a day's outing...animals, working blacksmith, general store .... the hillside site could be a difficulty for wheelchairs but check the site, they may have transpport for people with disabilities.

High quality historic site.

Thank Vicki J
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hviona, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2013

It's so nice to read about your experience with us. Thank you for taking the time to write about it.

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

This was a very educational place to visit. It is a bit of walking and up hill but worth it to hear the stories of how they lived back then. There are sheep, a pig and horses. The horse was very friendly and came up for some chin rubs. This is a living history museum in the Cape Breton hills, we really enjoyed it.

Thank smkymtngrl
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hviona, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to visit with us in Iona and writing about your experience. The story of Gaelic settlement in Nova Scotia is very compelling and we're pleased you enjoyed learning more about it.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

This was a great way to find out what life was like for the scots in Scotland and in Canada. It was fun for all ages.

Thank Maria P
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hviona, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2013

Thanks for taking the time to write! It is interesting to put ourselves in our ancestors shoes to gain some perspective on the way we live today.

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Reviewed July 15, 2013

It was very hot the day we visited and that made the long walk up the hill from the visitor center more difficult. But it was a pretty steep climb for us seniors. The people dressed in period costume in each building were so interesting that we couldn't believe how well they stayed in character. This tells the story of the people who left Scotland and found a new life in Nova Scotia. It is well worth a visit.

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hviona, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded July 16, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience with us. The weather has been unusually warm and it is interesting to imagine how difficult it must have been to work in that heat for the people who settled here.

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

We went here on a very foggy morning and had a much better time than we even hoped to. The fog leant a sense of what life amounted to in this region for Scottish immigrants. We found the walk through the village to be the right length of time for our 3 year old (about and hour), the one room school, blacksmith shop, and the general store (which sells candy sticks) were highlights. The period actors/guides were also excellent. The journey starts with a short video at the information center (which has good washrooms) and then winds around the village (which also has a washroom half way around for those with small kids). Parking is easy. Overall we found it really enjoyable.

2  Thank sophieboston
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hviona, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded July 16, 2013

So pleased you took the time to point out how children friendly the Highland \village is. There are also programs for children so they can experience the culture in more depth.

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