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Highland Village

4119 Highway 223, Iona, Nova Scotia B2C 1A3, Canada
+1 902-725-2272
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A walk Through Time is Scottish Immigration.

Interesting layout to show the Scottish progression in Nova Scotia. The staff were in period... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MAOSyracuse_NY
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Syracuse, NY
Worth the drive

Just getting here is an adventure - it is about an hour drive from Sydney and you start to wonder... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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 good25%
  • 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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+1 902-725-2272
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"general store"
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"nova scotia"
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"step back in time"
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"farm animals"
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"bras d'or lake"
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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 1 week 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 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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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Reviewed March 8, 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 March 10, 2018

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

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Reviewed February 17, 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

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 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 January 3, 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 January 5, 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 November 24, 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 November 26, 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 November 14, 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 November 16, 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 November 10, 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 November 12, 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 November 2, 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 November 5, 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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LoreliJB
June 19, 2017|
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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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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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