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Highland Village

4119 Highway 223, Iona, Nova Scotia B2C 1A3, Canada
+1 902-725-2272
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Outstanding and not to be missed

I probably would not have stumbled upon this recreated Scottish village without the glowing praises... read more

Reviewed yesterday
B L
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Asheville, North Carolina
One of the most amazing places you will ever visit

My wife and I spent 7 hours here and wished it could have been longer. Such an incredibly... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sarah C
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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%
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“general store” (20 reviews)
“nova scotia” (56 reviews)
“cape breton” (54 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
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4119 Highway 223, Iona, Nova Scotia B2C 1A3, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

I probably would not have stumbled upon this recreated Scottish village without the glowing praises from other travelers at my B&B. It was one of the highlights of my 3-week trip through Nova Scotia. The village showcases the lives and homes of Scottish settlers and...More

Thank B L
Reviewed 2 days ago

My wife and I spent 7 hours here and wished it could have been longer. Such an incredibly authentic outdoor museum with very friendly people who transport you back in time with genuine stories and dialogue. The displays are amazing as are the lit fireplaces,...More

Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 3 days ago

Embraced my Scottish roots and had a lovely day. The restored village gives an understanding of life the emigrants endured including being forbidden to speak their native tongue. The oat cookies are worth the visit.

Thank Cavydad
MaxMacDonald, Front Office Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Sometimes we can learn about ourselves by looking back at the conditions our ancestors overcame. It sounds like this was the case for you. Thank you for writing about your visit with us.

Reviewed 5 days ago

A welcoming site for one to explore the way of life of the earl scottish settlers in Cape Breton. The structures are either originals or excellent reproductions. It's an easy paced visit, and the working staff are replacating the inhabitants at the time of settlement,...More

Thank ralfann
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

As we wind down a very busy year, it sure is nice to read your comments. They remind us why we do what we do. We love to tell this great story of hard work triumphing over adversity. Thanks for writing.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very cool, very nice people working there, enjoyed this stop a lot. a must if your looking for interesting stops

Thank 29ratatude
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for writing. We're proud of our staff and the passion they have for the story they tell. We'll be sure to share your comments with them.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This pioneer village has been very well planned and preserved. The grounds are beautiful and the view Bras d'Or Lake was breathtaking the day we went. It has a quite steep incline in the beginning that could prove difficult for some but the rest was...More

Thank Venza2015
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We love to see families visit the Village. It's good to hear your grandchildren enjoyed the animals. It's difficult for children to have that kind of close up experience with animals these days. Thanks for telling us about your visit.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were on a tour and stopped by Highland Village. From the description of the village, I thought we would be on a guided tour with a guide who spoke Gaelic. Much to my surprise we did hear a few Gaelic phrases and did our...More

Thank vegout2
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting with us and taking the time to write about your experience. We don't advertise guided tours. If you could let us know where you got your information it would help us to correct any misinformation that is out there.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wonderful day spent at this historical site, walking back in history, a living museum, the characters were awesome, full of stories and what a view! So glad I took in this attraction. The highland cows were wonderful! Excellent history of Nova Scotia & the...More

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

We think you are also awesome for taking the time to write about your visit with us!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really enjoyed the concept of moving through history from buildind to building, site to site.Stop and talk to the settlers itis very informative.

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

We are glad you took the time to stop and talk. Our animators are very knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. They love it when you interact with them. Thank you for writing.

Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

A quaint historic village where the staff are dressed in period costumes. Whereas Fortress Louisbourg is about the early French settlers to Cape Breton, the Highland Village is about the first Scottish settlers to Cape Breton and the hardships they faced coming over and settling...More

Thank Baylam
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

Thanks for taking the time to write about your visit. The general store is a pretty neat place to visit for sure.

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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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