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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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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 NEW

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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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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Lynnfield, Massachusetts
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127 reviews 127 reviews
28 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I'll add my opinion to the other reviews all of which are right on target. This was an interesting experience, I got a big kick out of driving on the ocean floor to get to the island. Yes, the "Cottage" is in major disrepair but it only adds to the unique history of the place. Tour guide was exceptionally knowledgable... More

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Connecticut
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148 reviews 148 reviews
24 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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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101 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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
41 helpful votes 41 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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