Highland Village, Iona

Must see · Historic Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • This impressive outdoor living history museum tells the story of Gaelic settlement in Cape Breton. It was rainy and a bit foggy on the day of our visit, but we found it only added to the ambiance...  more »
  • we went in oct to visit this site... the weather was horrid. raining sideways type of thing.. we found the staff very unhelpful. showing the signs of the weather i think.. our guide was not attentive....  more »
  • We visited this open air museum on a cruise ship coach tour and were not disappointed. Only down side is that we could have stayed longer! Lots of interesting buildings from the past with equally...  more »
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  • It's a must see for all who wish to experience period lifestyle of days gone by. Hotels nearby and a beautiful Beach nearby. With plenty of nearby attractions and beautiful scenery who might want to stay for a night or two.
  • Family had a great time. It wasn't busy when we went, and we were able to go at a leisurely pace. Friendly staff in character that spent nice time with my kids. They loved it.
  • Wonderful historical reenactors. This was the first time I heard Gaelic spoken. Their Heritage Day had a lovely concert. The smith was cool. You can also learn to start a fire using chart cloth.
  • Spent a good portion of the morning here it was a unexpected oh let's check that out experience. Awesome views. Authentic wardrobe and languages. Amazingly planned out and restored buildings walk through a time since forgotten. Will return again next time we are in the highlands.
  • A great place with lots of interesting exhibits.

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