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“Life was harder.”

North Highlands Community Museum
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Owner description: Our Museum can be found in Northern Cape Breton along the Cabot Trail Nova Scotia in the "Top of the Island" Region. We have a beautiful exhibit hall that includes local artifacts along with professional displays that take you back in time while getting a taste of our local heritage. We also have a blacksmith forge, settlers' garden, and a historic Church building that has become our Culture Centre where we feature talented musicians and other events each week. Our Museum also serves as the Information Centre for the the area, so there are many great reasons to stop in and visit us!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Canada
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44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Life was harder.”
Reviewed 31 July 2013

Interesting exhibits showing how difficult life was in 19th century Cape Breton & how the resourceful inhabitants made tools & clothing. Also early school books. Well laid out museum & reasonable $5 family or $2 individual admission. Recommended activity on a rainy day.

Visited July 2013
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Berlin, New Hampshire
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“An unexpected "gem" on our trip along the Cabot Trail.”
Reviewed 17 July 2013

We thought we'd stop in for a minute...just to see what we could find out about the area. Kendall, the attendant of the day, was very pleasant...along with a couple of locals who talked with us for quite a while. The Museum is very interesting, very well displayed (good lighting). The building is quite new & everything is very clean.
We even got to meet the local artist who had a showing in the Museum at the time. (Kevin Sudeith who does Petroglyphs). We found everyone there so pleasant that we stopped a 2nd time to tell them how much we appreciated their advice about going to Meat Cave (which was not originally in our plans). The Museum building is also the local information center & there is also a very nice gift shop.

Visited July 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“If you love seeing historic artifacts, you will love this!”
Reviewed 13 July 2013

For a mere $2.00 you will see artifacts from times gone by, as well as learn about the history of the people of Cape Breton. Although everything is in one small room, it is divided into sections such as fishing, home life, school, farming, the wars and such. There is even a blacksmith and I now have a handmade nail as a memento. We were so glad we stopped!

Visited July 2013
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Sydney, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Hidden Treasure”
Reviewed 8 November 2012

Visited the museum in August 2011, with family, garden was beautiful and a great spot to have lunch, kids really enjoyed the museum. So much info and history, we were very impressed. Thanks!

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NHCMuseum, Manager at North Highlands Community Museum, responded to this review, 14 December 2012
Sounds like you had lunch in the Settlers' Garden, did you know that we have a Geocache hidden there as well? Thanks so much for dropping in, we hope that you will check in with us again if you are in the area
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Artarmon, Australia
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54 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Put this on your "must do" list for the Cabot Trail”
Reviewed 11 October 2012 via mobile

Before coming to Cape Breton Island from Australia, we had read stories describing the lives of the early settlers.
This museum brings to life the conditions under which those families lived.
This really is a true gem of a museum and the historical background will pay dividends for the rest of your visit to the Island.
I found it truly remarkable that such a small community could support such an outstanding museum

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NHCMuseum, Manager at North Highlands Community Museum, responded to this review, 14 December 2012
"I found it truly remarkable that such a small community could support such an outstanding museum" *blushes* thanks so much! I appreciate your time stopping in, and leaving such a great comment for others to see.
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