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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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Must go via the ocean floor--Beautiful vistas, flowers and fun

We made it into an active attraction and LOVED it. We did not partake of the tours, but instead, rode our bicycles during LOW TIDE onto the island, and then around the perimeter... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Boca Raton, Florida
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73 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We made it into an active attraction and LOVED it. We did not partake of the tours, but instead, rode our bicycles during LOW TIDE onto the island, and then around the perimeter. The island is only accessible during LOW TIDE, which made this activity extra fun. We arrived to the point where the waters part an hour before Low... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

During a visit to Saint Andrews, NB we found a brochure for the tours of Ministers Island. It's a historic site accessible when the tide is out. It was cool, we drove the car over a road built on the sea bed. Once on the island you feel like you've gone back in time. Spend a few hours exploring the... More 

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Miramichi, Canada
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We have visited St. Andrew's a number of times and although we had heard a 'little' about Minister's Island, it didn't sound all that interesting. I am happy to say we were WRONG in our pre-conceived ideas. Before leaving the area, during our most recent trip, we decided to take a pop over to at least say that he had... More 

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Hopewell Hill
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Being a New Brunswicker all my life, I never took the time to visit, well, this year, we spent some in St. Andrews and Minister's Island is worth the visit. Drive on the ocean floor to get there to see the cottage of the former President of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Built in 1892-1901 he has left a vintage heritage... More 

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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I learned of this historical site from the New Brunswick tourism brochure. You need to check tide information to know when the island can be accessed. I don't believe you can visit the island without purchasing the tour - but it is well worth it. The 50 room house was the "summer cottage" for second president of the Canadian Pacific... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Crossing the bar when the tide is out is very cool. When you visit pay attention to the operating hours as they align with the tides. The tour is excellent and informative. While not all artefacts are original, many are and the rest are well done. Make sure to visit The Barn as well

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Ministers Island and the VanHorne Estate while not well promoted it is worthy of your visit. We found the facility quite by accident using a local St. Andrews map. Getting there is done only at low tide on the bar that is exposed. You drive across the gravel bar, it is easy and nothing to fear. In addition to the... More 

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Fredericton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Being from New Brunswick my whole life 30 + years . I did not know this place even existed until a few months ago. I am glad I found out about this place. We were in the area so we decided to check it out. It was neat watching the water go down, and being able to drive over that... More 

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Plaster Rock New Brunswick
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed this excursion. We're fortunate enough to be there at the right time, low tide to traverse to Ministers Island. The estate is lovely and gives insight into Van Horne and railways of the past. Wish I could have stayed overnight.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I visited Minister's Island as a part of large tour bus and was impressed by the tour guides efficiency in dealing with 50+ people. The tour of the William Van Horne's summer home was unexpectedly engaging but the best part of the experience for me was getting to the island by the natural tidal road on a coach bus!

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