Highland Village, Iona

#3 of 14 in Historic Sites in Cape Breton Island
Visit Highland Village, a living history museum spreading over 16 ha (40 ac) of property, which depicts the life of Gaelic settlers in Nova Scotia. Thousands of Scots settled into the area throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. The village was established in 1959 and consists of 11 historic buildings. Visitors can find a blacksmith working in his forge, costumed animators demonstrating spinning weaving, and farmers working with traditional livestock. Before you head to Iona, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Iona vacation generator, to make sure you see all that Iona has to offer, including Highland Village.
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241 reviews
  • August 15, 2017
    Had not read a lot about this place when doing my pre-reading about Cape Breton Island, actually found a pamphlet on it when visiting a tourist info place. Am I glad we went, actually think I enjoyed ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    This living history farm was one of the highlights of our recent Nova Scotia trip. We had spent the night in Baddek and debated whether it was worth driving to Iona, which added about another hour ont...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    this was an amazing experience! to get a real feeling on how people from Scotland came to settle in Nova Scotia, what was their life like ans living arrangements. In this come alive museum, you will s...  more »
  • June 28, 2017
    This museum has a unique collection of buildings and history with actors playing the parts of the people of the era they represent. Asking questions results in a well researched reply. Educational and informative. Located on a hill overlooking the Bras d'Or Lake it is worth visiting just for the view.
  • May 28, 2017
    Despite being with on a tour with a tour bus group, I enjoyed spending time at the 'living' museum. Each character had a story to tell about the era they were living in, their way of life and living conditions, etc. I found it very interesting. I just wish I had had a bit more time for the visit but hope to be back there again one day.
  • July 5, 2017
    Very educational. Good history lessons.
  • October 17, 2016
    The village as a museum is actually fairly plain. The layout of the site takes visitors through a time period of the first wave of Cape Breton settlers to the early 20th century. There are some houses and artifacts, some animals and actors. What impressed me in my last visit were the events taking place throughout that were not there in a previous visit. Kids making simple make clay 'pots', fiddlers, and very reasonably priced $1 corn boil. Visit when there are scheduled events such as these and you will have a better time.
  • October 2, 2016
    We stopped for a bathroom break. Never used any other facilities so I can't speak to their quality or the quality of educational programming that this museum offers. Managed to get to said bathroom facility before a bus full of seniors, with full bladders, got off. Five stars to the bathroom pre-seniors.

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