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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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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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Worth the drive and $10

Great spot to spend an afternoon. It can be cold and windy so dress accordingly. Lots to see and very friendly staff to give tours.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 11, 2015
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Beaver Bank, N.S.
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Beaver Bank, N.S.
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182 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

Great spot to spend an afternoon. It can be cold and windy so dress accordingly. Lots to see and very friendly staff to give tours.

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Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

You can only get to Minister's Island by traveling across a strip of sand when the Bay of Fundy tides are low, which is cool in and of itself. Almost anyone in St. Andrews can tell you when you will be able to get there. The site offers tours of a 50-room "cottage" that was built by William Van Horne,... More 

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Thank Terrapin57
calgary
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95 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

it's great fun to drive to this attraction over the gravel bar that is underwater except at low tide. I was here a few years ago, and the house is significantly more furnished that it was back then. The guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and added to the enjoyment of the house itself. Allow time to wander around the grounds... More 

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

It is a fun trip across the land bridge to ministers island at low tide to view the massive historic summer home of the Van Horne family. Many of the original furnishings had been sold at auction before the government stepped in to preserve this historic property; but some original pieces have since been returned. Guides take you through the... More 

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Thank LoweS63
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20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Drove across the bar to Ministers Island to see Covenhoven, the maritime escape for Sir William Van Horne, builder of the Canadian Pacific Railway. What a cottage! Although the building shows signs of needed repair, given its age and neglect over the years, it is now being better looked after and shown with many rooms furnished with period fixtures, including... More 

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New Horton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015 via mobile

Very nice to see an elegant building rich in history still standing. An amazing house on a beautiful island with access by driving on the ocean floor

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Moncton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

we went to ministers island....we waited for the tides to go down as it's the only time you can cross over to visit the island...views were spectacular. the place was self sufficient ..give us a little bit of history about railway and who live in this beautiful house. ...the house was very nice and spacious ...a short walk to the... More 

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Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Anyone interested in the lifestyles of the rich and famous--or anyone who is intrigued by the idea of driving to an island during the few hours a day it is accessible by land--should enjoy visiting the mansion, barn and grounds of Minister's Island. Named for a clergyman who lived there alone a couple hundred years ago, the island was more... More 

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Thank MaineSailorDude
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015 via mobile

We did a guided tour and the history really is amazing! Wish we could have spent more time exploring! They have obtained so many beautiful art and furniture pieces over the years and the guides were so knowledgable. Definitely worth visiting :)

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Cortlandt Manor, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Minister's Island is a fascinating place. You have to time your visit carefully so you can drive across the causeway (and yes, it is thrilling to drive across the ocean floor!). The tour of the main house was a pleasure -- our docent was young, enthusiastic, and full of tasty bits of trivia about the house, the family who originally... More 

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