Highland Village, Iona

4.8
#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. Plan your visit to Highland Village and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Iona trip planner .
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  • 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 hi...  more »
  • 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 photog...  more »
  • 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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  • I brought my dad, wife and kids. The site is bordering the interior sea within cape Breton. I wish a had pictures for because to only think back of it is breathtaking so I wish you where there to see. The village is built on a loop and the walk bring you from roughly 1746 progressively to the turn of the 19th century.
  • What a gem of a spot! Learn about and see how the Gaelic settlers went from Scotland to Cape Breton and see how their lives changed through the years. It's a great way to spend a couple of hours. We really enjoyed it! There is a sign indicating pets are welcome too! We had left our dog at the camper because we weren't sure, so it is nice to know we could have brought him.
  • Worth a nice drive to the museum. Very beautiful location and plesent roll players throughout the museum.
  • Had a great time touring this recreation village. The staff were all very friendly and welcoming. They knew a lot about their characters, locations and history. They occasionally broke character, but it was always to the benefit of the guest to help them further understand. Definitely a recommended stop for anyone wanting to continue to immerse themselves in Gaelic culture.
  • We visited the museum for a few hours and got a good impression of everyday life during the first 150 years after the immigration from Scotland. The staff was dressed according to the age of the houses we visited. They performed with music, crafts and information about life in the different times that the individual houses represented. The museum is located beautifully overlooking the countryside.

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