Development Plan

Support our Site Development Project!

Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village is a living history museum and Gaelic folklife centre located on a picturesque 43 acre hillside overlooking Cape Breton Island’s world renowned Bras d’Or Lake. The Village, which is the only centre of its kind in a living Gàidhealtachd (Gaelic speaking area) outside of Gaelic Scotland, illustrates and promotes the stories, traditions and identity of Gaelic Nova Scotia.

To ensure the further growth and development of Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village, the Board of the Nova Scotia Highland Village Society has defined its vision for renewal of the Highland Village site, with its three-year Site Development Strategy.  This strategy is the culmination of several years of research, planning and analysis..

This $3.6 million, multi-dimensional, plan will enable Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village to address our current facility challenges as well as to ensure that we are prepared to meet the changing needs of our community and our visitors.  Download our project summary (424 KB).

Project Elements

Our $3.6 million plan contains the following elements:

  • New Arrival & Welcome Plaza
  • New Welcome Centre
  • Cultural Resources Centre
  • New Shingle Mill
  • New Carriage House/Agricultural Story
  • New Costume/Animation Support
  • Other Interpretation/Programming Enhancements
  • New Large Artifact Storage
  • Workshop Replacement
  • Canteen Renovations
  • Vegetation Improvements

Capital Campaign Cabinet

To support the implementation of the plan, the Nova Scotia Highland Village Society has launched a capital campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise $1.1 million from the community and private sector, to leverage $2.5 million in funding from the three levels of government.

Our capital campaign is led by a group of individuals that support the vision of Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village, and have deep roots in the Nova Scotia Gaelic story.

Our cabinet includes:

Denis Ryan, Chair                               

Linden MacIntyre

M.A. MacPherson                             

Dr. Sean Riley

Dr. Ron Stewart                                 

George Unsworth


For more information on our project, please contact:

Rodney Chaisson, Director
Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village
4119 Highway 223, Iona, NS, B2C 1A3
(902) 725-2272