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Highland Village

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Highlight of my day!

I agree with previous reviews - very interactive and interesting experience overall. I was very... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
dixiefowler
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Lethbridge, Canada
You don't have to be a history enthusiast to love the Highland Village.

The Highland Village is a must-do stop for anyone visiting Nova Scotia and Cape Breton in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ian W
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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...more
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4119 Highway 223, Iona, Nova Scotia B2C 1A3, Canada
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All reviewsgeneral storenova scotiacape bretonliving museumfarm animalsstep back in timescottish ancestrybras d'or lakehill overlookingearly settlersdifferent erasreally enjoyed our visittheir livesoatcakesthe cottagesgreat place to visitquick trip
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I agree with previous reviews - very interactive and interesting experience overall. I was very impressed with the actors in period costume. Gaelic is really difficult to learn and speak but they made it seem easy, both talking and singing. Worth the trip!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Highland Village is a must-do stop for anyone visiting Nova Scotia and Cape Breton in particular. Set on a hill overlooking the beautiful Bras d'Or Lake, the Highland Village takes you on a chronological trip which follows the history of generations of Gaels of...More

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a comprehensive description of your visit with us.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A quaint historical village with friendly Gaelic Actors who play their parts very well. A great place to spend an afternoon.

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

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The scenery was beautiful, and the homes and businesses very interesting but especially because the costumed staff was so well informed and stayed in character as residents from different time periods. Certainly ask them questions and interact with them. That was one of the joys...More

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

So pleased you enjoyed interacting with our costumed animators. They work hard to prepare and we will be sure to pass along your lovely comments to them. Thank you for writing about your experience.

Reviewed 17 August 2018

I LOVED this place - it's beautiful, a living history lesson, and SUPER FUN!!! I also learned a ton about the heritage animals - think of it - a change in sheep breed can send a whole people packing out of Scotland, to North American...More

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

Haha. You're right.You don't have to be a "history geek" to enjoy the Highland Village. Thank you for telling us about your visit.

Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

We took part in a 2hour family living history experience and it was one of the highlights of our trip. Everyone that works there is very friendly and informative. We made butter, snacked On bonnach, visited the store and took part in a milking frolic....More

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

Sometimes it's good to step outside your comfort zone. Glad to hear it was an enjoyable experience for your family.

Reviewed 16 August 2018

Highland Village offers a glimpse of what life was like for the first Irish settlers in that area of Cape Breton. From growing your own vegetables, to raising your meat dishes (chicken, pigs, lamb) life was simpler but not easy. It was neat to see...More

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

It's always great to hear that children also enjoyed a visit. Thanks for telling us about it.

Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

We visited from our yacht. The walk from the dock is long but does take you past some wonderful views f the Bras d’Or Lake. The village is very informative with some wonderful docents to teach you about the history of this area.

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

What a great way to explore the area. You were quite possibly walking in the footsteps of the settlers who landed here by boat.Thanks for visiting.

Reviewed 13 August 2018

If you are looking for the Gaelic/Scottish history of Cape Breton, this is the place. Actually, it's about the only place. Quite a comprehensive and interesting mock village that takes you on a journey from a rural Scottish house to (nearly) the present in Nova...More

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed description of your visit with us. I'm sure your comments will resonate with anyone considering visiting the Highland Village.

Reviewed 12 August 2018

Every few years I visit the Highland Village and it is always a pleasure. The re-enactors are wonderful and so knowledgeable and ready to share! The view is unprecedented!

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

Thank you. We love it when people return to see the changes and improvements we make to our programming. And yes, the view is a treasure!

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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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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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