The Highland Village is an outdoor living history museum that tells the story of Gaelic settlement in Nova Scotia. They’re located on a stunning 43-acre property overlooking the majestic Bras d’Or Lakes in Iona, Nova Scotia, the heart of central Cape Breton.
Their 11 historic buildings are staffed by costumed animators who are passionate about helping you experience the history of settlement and sharing the unique Gaelic culture of Nova Scotia. Take a tour up the hill and walk through period buildings with historic design, filled with related artifacts. They offer their walking guide in French, German and Spanish for our visitors when they arrive on site, and also host special events and programs throughout the year.
Their vision is to be internationally acknowledged for advancing research, fostering appreciation, learning and sharing authentic Gaelic language and heritage while serving a vibrant Gaelic cultural community. The mission of the Highland Village Museum, a living history museum, is to research, collect, preserve and share the Gaelic heritage and culture of Nova Scotia and represent it accurately and vibrantly.