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Minister's Island

199 Carriage Road, Saint Andrews, New Brunswick E5B 0A4, Canada
(506) 529 5081
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Ranked #8 of 10 Activities in Saint Andrews
Type: Islands, Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Located on its own island, this historic attraction is the former home of railroad builder Sir William Van Horne.
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Connecticut
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145 reviews 145 reviews
24 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This trip to the island is great. Cross over where the tide usually is is very exciting. Of course you can only reach the island depending on the tide schedule but it is worth it. Sir William Van Horne's Estate must have been spectacular in its day and the bath house is breathtaking. On your drive over you will see... More

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Riverview, Canada
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143 reviews 143 reviews
37 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Very interesting tour. The Van Horne "Cottage" is unfortunately in a state if disrepair but still very impressive just the same. The guide was very informative as well. There are approx 11 buildings left standing on the grounds including the original bathhouse and barn and several of them have information posted on the buildings (They are not all open to... More

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Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
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95 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The hours of operation depend on the tide schedule which is posted at the point. The house is not fully restored, and is in a state of disrepair. Don't be disappointed by this as the tour is still interesting and the disrepair adds to the history of the house. Our tour Guide was funny, kept the tour interesting and had... More

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New Brunswick
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47 reviews 47 reviews
12 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Loved our visit to Minister's Island! Had a wonderful tour guide who told a great deal of the history of Sir William Van Horne, his family and the estate. Hard to even imagine the wealth that would have been required to build and sustain this property. Make sure you visit the bath house located on the cliff overlooking the Bay... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Visited for a tour. It was enjoyable, but too bad the government can't find a way to restore it to its original beauty.

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Warwick, RI
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Cool island only accessible via a sandbar which is only accessible during low tide. Warning!!! when crossing the sanbar, be sure to stay in the center and on the rocks. We accidently strayed a few feet to the right and got stuck in the mud. Thankful for some nice Canadians with a four wheel drive truck and towing apparatus who... More

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Gallatin, Tennessee
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77 reviews 77 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Stay on the rocky bottom (not the sand). One car got stuck! The home is largely unrestored due to the cost, but is very interesting. William Van Horn made a fortune in the railroad and this was his summer home.

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Moncton, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Don't go here and not take the tour, its well worth your time. Very very cool place and the young guy that did our tour did a great job. I thought it would be boring, but it turned out to be a great experience and I'm glad I went. Driving across the ocean floor at low tide to get there... More

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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We love to see the old buildings so this was perfect. The staff vert nice. Beautiful indoors and out.

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Fredericton, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We had a wonderful afternoon on the island, with visiting family. We paid the entry but didn't take the house tour. The buildings were fascinating to explore on our own and the grounds were beautiful. Truly relaxing. The kids enjoyed themselves too. The especially loved the shore below the bath house. We only really explored the house, barn and bathhouse.... More

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