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Highland Village

4119 Highway 223, Iona, Nova Scotia B2C 1A3, Canada
+1 902-725-2272
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Fiddle music dancing through the air...

We stayed next door at the Iona Heights Inn and as I was walking up the hill (so many hills) to the... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2018
973deborah
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Greenville, North Carolina
It can take you back to where you have never been

My wife and her sisters spent more time than I did, but the folks who gave them the tour were very... read more

Reviewed 18 February 2018
Barry W
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Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
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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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  • Very good26%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“general store” (21 reviews)
“nova scotia” (59 reviews)
“cape breton” (58 reviews)
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4119 Highway 223, Iona, Nova Scotia B2C 1A3, Canada
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"general store"
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"nova scotia"
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"living history museum"
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"scottish ancestry"
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"step back in time"
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"farm animals"
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"early settlers"
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"bras d'or lake"
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"hill overlooking"
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"really enjoyed our visit"
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"their lives"
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"oatcakes"
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"different eras"
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"living conditions"
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

We stayed next door at the Iona Heights Inn and as I was walking up the hill (so many hills) to the museum I heard fiddle music and smelled the freshly mown clover. The museum itself is well worth the visit. Be sure to check...More

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2018

What a lovely image you create in your comments. Thank you for visiting and writing these beautiful comments.

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Reviewed 18 February 2018

My wife and her sisters spent more time than I did, but the folks who gave them the tour were very helpful and informative about the area.More

Thank Barry W
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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2018

We are working toward some great improvements at the Village for the 2018 season from June 1 - October 14. It is nice to see that you visited us last year and took the time to write. We hope you can join us for an...More

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

Even though the attraction was officially closed, we were welcomed to walk around the grounds. The Carder was working away in the carding mill and we spoke with him for quite some time learning the history. I will be back again when all the buildings...More

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2018

We hope you can come back and see us from June to October when we are open. It was nice that you were able to get a feel for the Village even though we were closed. Thanks for writing about your visit.

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Reviewed 25 November 2017

We so enjoyed our time here, wish we had the whole day to spend there. The presenters were very interesting, that is why you need plenty of time to not just see but hear it all. If you are into photography, you will be doing...More

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2017

Lovely to hear about your experience with us. Can't do much better than inspiring a "happy dance". We do have parking available on the upper level for those with mobility issues. Thanks for taking the time to write.

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Reviewed 15 November 2017

What a day,This steps through time village was the best! They have all the things that were used in day to day living, growing and on display for all to see and learn from.More

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2017

Glad you enjoyed your visit with us. I sometimes wonder how we would do with this kind of day to day living. You sure couldn't go to the grocery store if you were low on food. The Gaelic settlers had to produce virtually everything they...More

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

From their origins in the western isles through their first homes in Cape Breton to the 20th Century. All of the presenter knew their history and were able to answer their historic lives.

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2017

Thank you for writing. Our animators work hard to be knowledgable about the story of Gaelic settlement in Nova Scotia. Since many are descendants of those settlers, they are also telling their own story.

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Reviewed 3 November 2017

As part of a bus tour of the island, we spent over an hour at the Highland Village, a trip back in time. You are immersed in Gaelic language and culture of the 18th and 19th centuries. The site is on a hillside overlooking the...More

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2017

The tea is always on in Cape Breton. Glad you were able to have a cup after your tour of the village. Thanks for telling us about it.

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Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

Studded with eleven period buildings representing the Gaelic community in the 1700-1800s, it is a unique experience to visit and explore. However, there were so many tour buses there at the same time, it was crowded and hard to really appreciate the guides showcasing the...More

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

We do receive a number of visitors to our 43 acre site in the fall when the cruise ships dock in Sydney. It is good to know that travelers from all over the world are interested in our story of Gaelic settlement in Nova Scotia....More

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Reviewed 26 October 2017

Three of us were on a cruise and our day-excursion visited the Highland Village. Very well done. This attraction involves examples of different styles of Scottish houses from before the Scottish left Scotland, through their colonization of Nova Scotia until the early 1900's or so....More

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

In Cape Breton we say, "If you don't like the weather, wait 10 minutes." We're glad you were dressed for it. Thanks for visiting and telling us about your experience.

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Reviewed 24 October 2017

My wife and I enjoyed this Highland Village. In every home from the past, someone was greeting us and shared with us what their worries were. We started climbing the hill and we entered into the first Scottish home in Scotland. The old lady was...More

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

What a lovely description of your experience. Thank you for taking the time to write. People like you remind us of why we do what we do. Thanks again.

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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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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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