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Highland Village, Iona
(4.8/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Our B&B hosts recommended Iona and we were not disappointed. It is on a hill overlooking the Bras d'Or Lake so views were good even though it was a bit misty when we visited. It's a living museum goin...  more »
  • A great museum showing how new Scottish immigrants lived when the arrived in Cape Breton. A little steep to walk in places so would not suit some people but the views are fantastic. 
  • This Village was recommended by the Visitor Centre in Baddeck, and we were so pleased they suggested it. As other reviews stated, the staff were knowledgeable and skillful (as well as engaging). We sp...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A nice look into the history of incoming immigrants. The people in costume provide some interesting insight to what it was like to live in those times. Only downside was that it was painfully obvious they have scripts of things to say. And only a few people were really able to answer questions outside of the scripted responses.
  • Informative and friendly, we very much enjoyed our visit. No food so time your visit appropriately.
  • Remarkably, unexpectedly interesting, well-staffed with docents in every building, worth the walk uphill to get started. The views of the Bras d'Or are very good as well.