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The Van Horne Estate on Ministers Island offers visitors one of the foremost cultural, heritage and environmental tourism destination in the Charlotte Coastal Region of the Bay of Fundy of New Brunswick. Ministers Island is an enchanting place to...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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199 Carriage Rd, Saint Andrews, New Brunswick E4B 1A0, Canada
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+1 506-529-5081
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Reviewed January 16, 2019 via mobile

My family visited Minister’s Island on a recent summer vacation to NB. We were all tired and grumpy from a hectic week and some itinerary items not going as hoped (especially our college age daughter). I wasn’t sure what to expect but all 3 of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank leslieo975
Reviewed January 15, 2019

Can only cross from mainland to the island during low tide so must be sure to check times before going. There is still reconstruction going on with several of the buildings. Interesting to learn the history of the VanHorne estate and the large farm which...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank garylove48
Reviewed November 12, 2018

A terrific Fall day trip - you cross when the tide is out and have to cross back before the tide comes in. Once there, lot's of very cool things to see along with the Fall colours. To top off the day, if you ask...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ClaytonSoon
Reviewed October 27, 2018

Got to wonder if TripAdvisor isn’t a little too focused on booking hotels these days. Pay a little more attention to providing travelers with valuable advice. This is the premier visitors attraction in St Andrews and should be listed as such.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TravelerChicagoarea
Reviewed October 14, 2018

This was a remarkable place. First of all you can only go when the tide is out. Driving across the sea on bumpy sand was a pretty scary event. You needed to stay in the middle and not get stuck in the soft sand near...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BiddyIrwin
paulnopper, General Manager at Minister's Island, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

Hi BiddyIrwin Thank you for your great review of Ministers Island. Crossing the ocean floor is an experience and we are glad you pointed out to stay in the middle and the harder packed ground. If people do get stuck, we have the ability to...More

Reviewed October 7, 2018

We did not know about Minister's Island until we visited the tourist info centre in St. Andrews and were encouraged to go over. Low tide on the day we visited was from 0830 to 1145 hrs and provided ample time to see all the main...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank foulaman
paulnopper, General Manager at Minister's Island, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2018

Hi Foulaman Thank you for discovering Ministers Island on your adventure to St. Andrews By-The-Sea. It is a truly remarkable experience crossing the ocean floor and exploring the historic estate. We are glad you visited on a rainy day to and that you still had...More

Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

William Van Horne’s summer retreat. Man who led the creation of the CP railway and the railway hotels. Self contained residence That includes a refurbished barn and creamery, 10000 square foot home, Green house, bath house and garage. Historic and unbelievably self sustaining. Be aware...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank deanf646
Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

The trip begins with a drive in your own vehicle on the ocean floor. In our case low tide was at 13.45 and there was a convoy of cars going over at that time. Having reached the island and paid Can $10 a head entry...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank HSeeingtheworld
paulnopper, General Manager at Minister's Island, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2018

Hello HSeeingtheworld Thank you for your post regarding your trip to Minister Island. We are glad to hear your experience was fantastic and you enjoyed the history, culture, and unique environments of the island. It is a truly spectacular place to visit and learn about...More

Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

I've been to Ministers Island a number of times. The new renovations and information rooms brought me back with different friends all summer. I should have bought a membership. It's a great spot to learn and enjoy a day trip. Wear good footwear and take...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank NormBrokopp
paulnopper, General Manager at Minister's Island, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2018

Hi NormBrokopp Thank you for your great review of Minister Island, we truly appreciate repeat customers and showing your friends and family is wonderful. You can get a membership through our website or by contacting us by phone. We cannot wait to have you on...More

Reviewed September 17, 2018

went in the morning and saw the tide was high went back at mid afternoon and looked like there was no water at all was amazing to drive car across where 25' of water was before that same day.More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank dmonag000
paulnopper, General Manager at Minister's Island, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2018

Hi Dmonag00 Thank you for posting a review of Ministers Island. We are excited to hear you enjoyed crossing the ocean floor and experiencing another time off the shores of St. Andrews. Ministers Island is a unique tourism destination and we hope you tell your...More

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Gary R
September 9, 2018|
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Response from DawnMarieHamilton | Reviewed this property |
Yes dogs are welcome. You have to keep them on a leash though.
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amalittie
August 18, 2018|
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Response from aldelf18 | Reviewed this property |
There is no food on the island. Nothing for sale there.
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Cindy C
August 30, 2017|
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Response from michaelh409 | Reviewed this property |
Just search the gc tide table
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