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Minister's Island

Saint Andrews, Canada
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About Minister's Island
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 experience. Lying in the shores of Passamaquoddy Bay near St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada, this 500-acre island can be reached by driving over the seafloor. Once there, you are immersed in an experience from the late 19th and early 20th century - the summer estate of Sir William Van Horne, the driving force behind the Canadian Pacific Railway. Sir William's vast house, his equally large barn and his bathhouse/artist's hideaway are on view, as are the beautiful carriage lanes through the woods and fields. Time stands still, and you're swept up in an atmosphere that makes you forget all about your everyday life and the here-and-now. Come explore! We're waiting to welcome you.
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a great outing to Minister’s Island! Spent the afternoon looking through the old buildings - barn is a must see, as is the Van Horne Estate home and grounds. We enjoyed an outdoor concert by Garrett Mason at sundown, before driving back across...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 253jayneb
Reviewed 6 days ago

While guests at the Algonquin Resort we decided to visit this nearby island which is only accessible at low tide by automobile or by foot. At high tide the sand bar giving access is completely covered by water. The tides at the Bay of Fundy...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank M7882EVjamesh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Anything that starts off with driving on the ocean floor and it doesn’t involve water is amazing. To see how people lived years ago is amazing, great volunteers and knowledgeable. Great day to stroll and take in amazing views.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank fez0227
Reviewed October 2, 2019 via mobile

You drive on the ocean floor! Half the time it is 16’ under water! Make certain you know the tide schedule and drive on the larger rocks not the wet rocks/sand. We almost got stuck and a large tour bus was stuck and needed a...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Judith D
Reviewed October 1, 2019 via mobile

Enjoyed crossing the sandbar and the barn, bath house, and cottage are well worth visiting. Tons of hiking too!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Luvtotravel202
Reviewed September 30, 2019 via mobile

The foundation has done an amazing restoration in a short time. Look forward to the next steps! The artifacts are a testament to the detail that has been the guideline for this summer home restoration. A must see!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 3089lesliel
Reviewed September 29, 2019

Never heard of driving across the ocean floor. This is so cool! We booked a tour through the cruise line and Marilyn with Aquila Tours did a great job. On the bus ride to and from St. John she gave us lots of Canadian history...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank theshopper2016
Reviewed September 26, 2019

We had to time our visit to fit in with the tide as the acces road is a causeway, under several metres of water at high tide. The is a charge to enter the island but then all buildings are accessible and there is a...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Mary H
Reviewed September 23, 2019

After reading about this place I was not all that excited to visit. But as soon as we hit the island, that changed very quickly. The island is so beautiful and well kept. I loved seeing that they are using the money made to restore...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed September 12, 2019 via mobile

Where else can you drive on the sea floor? We found the times to do this attraction from our host at Picket Fences. There are only certain hours you can use the road bed. Once across there is a charge to tour the barn and...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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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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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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