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Minister's Island

199 Carriage Rd, Saint Andrews, New Brunswick E4B 1A0, Canada
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Would give 10 stars if I could!

The only disappointment for me was that there is no lodging on the island....because believe me, I... read more

Reviewed 20 January 2018
Lucy P
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This was a very unique experience. There is a limited time frame to visit because the high tide... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2017
Eddie S
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The Van Horne Estate on Ministers Island offers visitors one of the foremost cultural, heritage and environmental tourism destination in the Charlotte Coastal Region of the Bay of Fundy of New Brunswick. Ministers Island is an enchanting place to experience. Lying in the shores of Passamaquoddy Bay near St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada, this 500-acre island can be reached by driving over the seafloor. Once there, you are immersed in an experience from the late 19th and early 20th century - the summer estate of Sir William Van Horne, the driving force behind the Canadian Pacific Railway. Sir William's vast house, his equally large barn and his bathhouse/artist's hideaway are on view, as are the beautiful carriage lanes through the woods and fields. Time stands still, and you're swept up in an atmosphere that makes you forget all about your everyday life and the here-and-now. Come explore! We're waiting to welcome you.
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  • Very good38%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“the barn” (25 reviews)
“bath house” (32 reviews)
“van horne” (24 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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199 Carriage Rd, Saint Andrews, New Brunswick E4B 1A0, Canada
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Reviewed 20 January 2018

The only disappointment for me was that there is no lodging on the island....because believe me, I did not want to leave! Everything about this place is breathtaking! The trails, the mansion, the outbuildings....the fact that you heve to wait on the tides to get...More

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paulnopper, Executive Director at Minister's Island, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2018

Good Morning Lucy P Thank you for the great review we are glad you enjoyed your time on Ministers Island. We hope you return in the near future to see all the restoration projects to be completed within the next two years. I think you...More

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Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

This was a very unique experience. There is a limited time frame to visit because the high tide blocks the ability to drive. Really enjoyed walking through the well preserved house and checking out the property with everything on it.More

Thank Eddie S
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paulnopper, Executive Director at Minister's Island, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2017

Thanks for coming to experience Ministers Island. Being a tidal island is one of the unique aspects to the experience. We are glad you enjoyed the house and walking the grounds. Hopefully the next time you visit we will have an alternative transport to ensure...More

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Reviewed 23 October 2017

We waited for the tide to go out. It was well worth the wait. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Take the self guided tours. You will not be disappointed! Beautiful!More

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Paul N, Executive Director at Minister's Island, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Hello John and Rose P Thank you for taking the time to write a review and we appreciate the positive feedback. I am glad you had a wonderful time on Ministers Island and yes it is quite beautiful! It is always great to hear that...More

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Reviewed 14 October 2017

We waited for the tide to go out to head over - well worth the wait which was interesting in and of itself. The island is absolutely worth the visit! You won't be sorry ...More

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Paul N, Executive Director at Minister's Island, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Hi Deb G We are happy to hear that your adventure to Ministers Island was a memorable one. We appreciate you taking the time to write a review of your visit and hope that you can spread the word to your friends and family to...More

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

We missed seeing Minister's Island the last time we were in St. Andrews because the tides were not compatible with crossing the bar but our trip this week was perfectly timed. What a lovely morning we spent out there seeing the magnificent summer home of...More

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Paul N, Executive Director at Minister's Island, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

Good Morning MDIgirl411 I am pleased to hear you had a wonderful time on Ministers Island. I thank you for posting about our staff and volunteers and their efforts to make your experience on the Island a memorable one. Thank you for letting the world...More

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Reviewed 5 October 2017

The island is reached by a causeway which is covered by tides- make sure that you check the schedule so that you have plenty of time to explore after visiting the main cottage. By "cottage", I mean the summer mansion of a railway tycoon. The...More

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Paul N, Executive Director at Minister's Island, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2017

Good Morning e_borins I would like to personally thank you for taking the time to write a wonderful review of your experience on Ministers Island. I am glad you had an enjoyable experience and love that you consider us "The Highlight of Saint Andrews!" We...More

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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

At low tide you can drive or walk over to Minister's Island. There are hiking paths and you can go through the house. The home is interesting to go through. It was left in disrepair over the years but an association is restoring it little...More

Thank Margaret B
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Paul N, Executive Director at Minister's Island, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Good Morning Margaret I would like to thank you for taking the time to write a wonderful review of Ministers Island and your experiences. I agree you always have to be cautious of the tides but we are hoping in the next few years to...More

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Reviewed 25 September 2017

If you get to Saint Andrews you must take the time to arrive at the correct time when the tide is out and actually drive across the ocean floor to Ministers Island and see how Sir William Van Horne and his family lived in its...More

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Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Many people have no idea the impact Sir Van Horne had on Canada. He was one of those bigger-than-life characters that pulled the country forward through shear tenacity and force of will. It is a shame that his home in Montreal was torn down. Luckily...More

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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

I LOVE this place. Beautiful scenery. Lots of trails. So much interesting history. Even the teenagers enjoyed it. No food available here but you could bring a picnic lunch. It is well worth the visit.

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Cindy C
31 August 2017|
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Response from michaelh409 | Reviewed this property |
Just search the gc tide table
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Philip K
24 October 2016|
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Response from vespadue | Reviewed this property |
Tides are posted on their website.
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marionwoodbury
27 August 2016|
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Response from jillles | Reviewed this property |
Sorry - I don't recall but I found a website which says $8 and it sounds right. Tripadvisor is giving me a hard time pasting it in but google it. Bring food if you want to eat there - no concessions. You pay when you... More
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