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Highland Village, Iona

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Historic Site
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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  • A very wonderful place to stay while in Cape Breton. Great food, great scenery and a museum . A must see.  more »
  • While touring Cape Breton and the Cabot Trail, we decided to take a detour to go and visit this village. We were happy that we did. The village was very well prepared and showed great examples of home...  more »
  • Gaelic culture abounds. Takes a step back into time and shows Cape Breton Celtic life from a time by gone. Gift shop and motel and restaurant on site. Many concerts on the hill here. Highly recommend ...  more »
  • 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.