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Highland Village

4119 Highway 223, Iona, Nova Scotia B2C 1A3, Canada
+1 902-725-2272
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We visited the Village later in the day and vhf it was hot. The animators were so friendly... read more

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Neil K
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Periods of our history

Totally eye opening experience, beginning with a decision to be made as to whether to go and the... read more

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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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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“general store” (21 reviews)
“cape breton” (59 reviews)
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4119 Highway 223, Iona, Nova Scotia B2C 1A3, Canada
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"step back in time"
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"early settlers"
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"really enjoyed our visit"
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Reviewed today via mobile

We visited the Village later in the day and vhf it was hot. The animators were so friendly, knowledgeable and believable especially the girl working in the General Store. She was delightful. What I really appreciated about this museum was that not everything was roped...More

Thank Neil K
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Totally eye opening experience, beginning with a decision to be made as to whether to go and the fear of missing friends and relatives who are thinking of emigrating themselves.The courage to leave all one knows to going to another country and reestablishing oneself.

Thank Lydia R
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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Yes, these were brave people who endured hardship difficult to imagine today. Thank you for taking the time to write about your visit.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having ancestors who moved from Scotland it was an important place to visit. The clerks in the Visitors Centre were most helpful and all the animators were brilliant. We spent at least half an hour in the first dwelling (still in Scotland) talking to several...More

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So great you were able to identify with the story of Gaelic settlement. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Rewarding visit!!! Enjoyed the interact with the antimatters. Learnt so much with what my ancestors had to go through coming to Nova Scotia. Lovely setting overlooking the Bras d’or Lake. Reserve 1 1/2 hr to tour this village. This is a must to take in.More

Thank Colleen P
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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Nova Scotia is Latin for New Scotland. This is because so many of our ancestors came from there. Their story is one of bravery, challenge and overcoming many difficulties. We're glad you were able to connect with this story. Thank you for telling us about...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent an absolutely wonderful day at Highland Village! Beth, the animator in the first house (stone home from Scotland) was masterful in portraying a woman getting ready to leave her home with her husband around 1800. She sang us a song, and the sound...More

Thank Jim and Julie M
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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Your thoughtful comments remind us of how fortunate we are to get to tell this wonderful story of Gaelic settlement in such a beautiful setting. Thank you.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We first visited this museum in 2005 and had fond memories of our visit with our family. We decided to return to the museum (in July 2017) and was pleasantly surprised by the changes that had occurred from our last visit. The museum is situated...More

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for telling us about your visit. You have an interesting insight into the many changes that have taken place at the Village since 2005. We're glad your son enjoyed his experience. It's so nice to provide an attraction that a family can enjoy...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We recently spent a morning exploring the Highland Village in Iona, Cape Breton. As it was mainly a walking tour, we were allowed to have our dog with us. We were all fascinated by the period costumes and authentic architecture of the village. It was...More

Thank Kelly P
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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you. I love your image of the fog and mist lifting to reveal the stunning vistas available from the Village. We've seen this many times and the emerging scenery is always stunning.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting layout to show the Scottish progression in Nova Scotia. The staff were in period costume and remained true to their roles. We learned so much about the Scots in the short time we were there. The walk is up a hill to the various...More

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your visit.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Just getting here is an adventure - it is about an hour drive from Sydney and you start to wonder if you will ever get there. But, after crossing a bridge, it is about half a mile on the right. The village consists of several...More

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We're pleased you enjoyed your time with us. It can be cool early in the season but heat of summer will arrive before we know it. Thank you for writing about your visit with us.

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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

My B&B host suggested I visit the Highland Village & I’m so glad she did. Even this early in the season the Highland team put their all into the presentations of the various stages of the Gaelic history. Lovingly restored buildings helped to transport you...More

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2018

It's so nice you were able to visit along with some locals. We get a lot of support from Cape Breton people who are interested in learning more about the history of Gaelic settlement in Nova Scotia. Thank you for visiting and telling us about...More

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LoreliJB
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Response from April Joy B | Reviewed this property |
you would have to rent a car to go which is about a 70 km or over an hour ride. the scenery is spectacular. You could try UBER or alternatively a taxi BUT what i would suggest is contacting Cruiseline and if there is... More
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Shirley L
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Response from oldpo | Reviewed this property |
They would be open in 2016 on October 10, Canadian Thanksgiving day, not open on US date in November. They close October 18. It is definitely worth the trip!
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