The Highland Village Museum

4119 HWY 223 • Iona, Nova Scotia


What You Will Find

Nova Scotia’s incredible Scottish Gaelic culture comes alive on our stunning 43-acre property with costumed staff in full historic dress, an array of farm animals and much more. Our costumed animators will help you experience the history of settlement and the unique Gaelic culture of Nova Scotia. Our Highland Village Photo Gallery  and the Tour the Village section will give you a taste of what you can experience during your visit.

Take a tour up the hill and walk through period buildings with historic design, filled with related artifacts. Sit and enjoy a breath-taking view while listening to the annual Highland Village Day concert featuring premium traditional Cape Breton Gaelic music, song and dance.  We offer our walking guide in French (PDF 846 KB), German (PDF 616 KB) and Spanish (PDF 592 KB) for our visitors when they arrive on site.


Gaelic scholars and enthusiasts will appreciate our commitment to research, and promotion of the Gaelic language, culture and history. We offer programs and events  throughout the year designed to bring together Gaelic scholars and learners.

Gift Shop

Be sure to visit the gift shop where you can find the finest selection of Cape Breton, Gaelic and East Coast music, Gaelic resources, Highland Village souvenirs, clothing, giftware and local crafts.

Roots & Music

Our Roots Cape Breton Genealogy & Family History Centre is a fabulous resource for those looking into their own Cape Breton connections.

We also are fortunate to have the MacLean Collection of Scottish Music here at the Highland Village. This major collection contains many early books of Scottish music and hand noted music of some of our best fiddlers.


Eskasoni Cultural Journeys

 1 Goat Island Rd • Eskasoni, Nova Scotia


Discover authentic Mi’kmaq culture along our picturesque 2.4 KM trail on Goat Island in Eskasoni. The island hugs the beautiful Bras d’Or Lake, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

You will be guided along the trail by one of our Mi’kmaq cultural interpreters who will take you to visit several villages, each one offering a unique experience to learn and partake in this way of life.

You Can:

  • Take part in a smudging ceremony

  • Learn to make four cents cake over an open fire

  • Learn the art of basketry

  • Learn and join in our traditional dance

  • Speak to our trading post merchant

  • Play the ancient game of Waltes and

  • Learn about hunting and fishing techniques.

Top this all off with a traditional snack of luskinigan and tea!

Tour Fees:

$40.00 per person for adults
$20.00 per youth under 10
$250.00 group fee (up to 20 participants)

Off site presentations $400.00 plus travel

Customized packages and events upon request!