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Minister's Island

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Address: 199 Carriage Road, Saint Andrews, New Brunswick E5B 0A4, Canada
Phone Number: (506) 529 5081
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Located on its own island, this historic attraction is the former home of...
Located on its own island, this historic attraction is the former home of railroad builder Sir William Van Horne.
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drive on the ocean floor - how cool!

Driving on the ocean floor was so cool. We got there before the tide went out so we went into St. Andrews to do some walking around. We came back and were one of the first onto... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Brantford, Canada
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Brantford, Canada
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Driving on the ocean floor was so cool. We got there before the tide went out so we went into St. Andrews to do some walking around. We came back and were one of the first onto the island. Tour guide was great and provided lots of information. Well worth visiting.

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Matthews, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

How neat to drive across the ocean floor!! The house is very large but still needing renovations to return to its former impressive state. The bathhouse on the water is charming and provides easy access to the rock beach.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Still can't believe the over indulgence of yesteryear. To see it, visit Ministers Island where the head of the rail line built his summer cottage, on an island no less. The expense back then would have been incredible and can only imagine if anyone tried doing that today.... For anyone that has visited our local Boldt Castle in Gananoque, this... More 

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Bonnybridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This island if wort visiting as it was the summer residence of William Van Horne who build the Canadian Pacific railway. There is barn, stables, and the old house to visit, and an old bathing house situated above an old open air swimming pool which is supposed to catch the water when the tide goes out. One thing to watch... More 

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Portland, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

While walking the grounds of the island was a marvelous treat, the house tour is a do NOT miss. Our guide was knowledgeable and humorous, but it was clear that she had not done the extra research a truly passionate guide would have undertaken. Magen asked a question about how she had learne such storied about the Van Horn family,... More 

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Menlo Park, CA
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36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

You have to time your visit with the tides since you drive (or walk) across the ocean floor to reach this little gem of an island. It is an excellent place to go for a scenic walk and get in a bit of history as well. Named after the minister who built a house (still standing) here in the late... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

My wife and I visited Minister's island based on a recommendation from a local. So glad we took the time to explore this island gem. Not only was driving on the ocean floor a first, but the architecture and history of the buildings was inspiring. This was definitely the highlight of our day trip to St. Andrews.

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Fredericton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Being a New Brunswicker from the southeast, I'm used to seeing Fundy's tidal bore effects, including Hopewell Rocks. I didn't know about this little gem of history until this weekend. We arrived to the crossing with only an hour to visit. The Bath house and the inground pool were a real treat to see! Next time, we plan to arrive... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Accessible for only 2.5 hours on either side of the low tide, Minister's Island is a historical treat! A 1/2 km drive (or walk) across the ocean floor to the island is just the beginning of this adventure. The country estate of CP railway baron, Van Horne, has been preserved for a walk back in time. The mansion and outbuildings... More 

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Fredericton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Even getting to the Island is an adventure worth planning! Use your imagination and take yourself back to a time when this island was bustling with country living at its best before auto mobiles were born. Restoration is an ongoing challenge being completed by a few dedicated individuals. They are making great progress considering the time-laps of a hundred years... More 

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Address: 199 Carriage Road, Saint Andrews, New Brunswick E5B 0A4, Canada
Phone Number: (506) 529 5081
Location: Canada  >  New Brunswick  >  Saint Andrews

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