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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 #7 of 11 Activities in Saint Andrews
Type: Historic Sites, Islands, Sightseeing Tours
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Located on its own island, this historic attraction is the former home of railroad builder Sir...
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Type: Historic Sites, Islands, Sightseeing Tours
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Located on its own island, this historic attraction is the former home of railroad builder Sir William Van Horne.
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Fredericton
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Winnipeg, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
33 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

First you get to drive over a road that is only open during low tide. Its neat. Second, this is an amazing island. To think that this island was self- sustaining. I would have loved to have seen it in full operation. It would have been awesome. The house was beautiful, again it must have been something to see. I... More 

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Vancouver
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301 reviews 301 reviews
191 attraction reviews
268 helpful votes 268 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Looking at a map of St. Andrews and using google maps at home, it seemed that the end of Bar Road, the access point for Minister's Island, could be walked from the St. Andrew's downtown area in about 20 minutes. I was considering going to Minister's Island as an optional visit while planning our free time in St. Andrews on... More 

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Connecticut
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This island is one of the little treasures of St. Andrew's New Brunswick.. The driving path emerges only at low tide. Its a sandy path with small stones that help your traction/ One on the island, you are in for a leisurely stroll around an elegant old estate with exquisite manicured flower beds and gardens. Enjoy the magnificent vistas of... More 

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Pembroke
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This is a must see for any and all - a magical island - wonderful staff - everything from a time gone by - sadd to see the decline - must read book on Minister's Island - a great insight into wealth at the time. Spectacular place!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and the facilities were well maintained and open. We were not rushed and could explore on our own.

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Saint Andrews, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

this little island has a huge amount of history attached to it that was made interesting and entertaining by our guide. there are some steep steps around the bathhouse but other than that it is very easy to get around, and quite a bit to explore. oh and make sure you pay attention to the tides!!! Don't get stuck :)

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Monterey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The house is continually being restored. There is much to see inside and outside. Those with mobility limitations will face some challenges, but it's so quiet and so pretty. The guides are friendly and knowledgeable (the 2 we met and talked with certainly were). It's only open when the tides are low... a fun challenge to cross the bar. An... More 

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Rothesay, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Our family visited Minister's Island for the first time last month. All four children (ages 7, 10, 12 ad 13) learned a lot of Canadian history in this short visit. The tour guides were extremely knowledgable.

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Fredericton, NB
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Ministers Island is a small island but it is absolutely beautiful. We spent Saturday morning roaming around and had a great time. The views of the ocean are stunning. The bath house is an incredible building and definitely worth the visit. We had coffee on the porch of the big house and the view from there encourages a longer coffee... More 

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