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Highland Village

4119 Highway 223, Iona, Nova Scotia B2C 1A3, Canada
+1 902-725-2272
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Embraced my Scottish roots and had slowly day

Embraced my Scottish roots and had a lovely day. The restored village gives an understanding of... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2017
Cavydad
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Camarillo, California
A great look back in time.

A welcoming site for one to explore the way of life of the earl scottish settlers in Cape Breton... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2017
ralfann
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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.
  • Excellent71%
  • 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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Reviewed 14 October 2017

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 16 October 2017

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 12 October 2017

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 16 October 2017

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 October 2017

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 4 October 2017

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 27 September 2017

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 30 September 2017

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 23 September 2017 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 28 September 2017

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 19 September 2017

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 20 September 2017

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

Reviewed 18 September 2017

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 20 September 2017

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.

Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

My husband and i visited here recently. Turned out to be an enjoyable day. Interesting learning about the early settlers and visiting the various buildings. Also located in a beautiful area with lovely views of the water! The resident horse was beautiful and so friendly....More

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

Thank you for telling us about your visit. We're glad you enjoyed your time with us. Children do love to visit with us.

Reviewed 6 September 2017

Opportunity to appreciate how strong and hardy were early settlers of Nova Scotia. Learn about daily struggles to survive.

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

We do take so much for granted today. Not so with the early settlers. They had to be thinking ahead to make sure they survived the harsh winters. Thanks for visiting and writing about it.

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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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