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Minister's Island

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Address: 199 Carriage Road, Saint Andrews, New Brunswick E5B 0A4, Canada
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+1 506-529-5081

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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An adventure across the ocean floor!

Ministers Island is a real hidden away gem, which incorporates nature and history in one site! A quick journey across the ocean floor allows a visitor the chance to explore the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 January 2017
St. Stephen, Canada
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St. Stephen, Canada
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Ministers Island is a real hidden away gem, which incorporates nature and history in one site! A quick journey across the ocean floor allows a visitor the chance to explore the home of William Van Horn, an industrious railroad magnate. Groomed trails and gorgeous water views round out this visit to ensure there is something for all to enjoy! A... More 

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Crossville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Well, ministers island is a well kept secret, especially if you're trying to find any information about it bearing off season. Once I read the small print on a glass enclosed board, I discovered tours were offered from the mainland at 11:00. The staff showed up about 15 of and were friendly and knowledgeable. Slapping 2 Thomas Jeffersons in their... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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174 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

The first attraction is of course that you drive or walk over the ocean floor (a very tiny part of it), and then there's the visit of the house, the bath house, carriage house, ... It is a vry nice site, and considering it all depends on gifts, legacies and volunteer work, it is no wonder that part of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

For 10 years now my sister and I have been coming to Saint Andrews and have driven past the road that goes to Ministers Island , never giving it a second thought , we were told that is was a very interesting place to visit while we were staying at the Algonquin , decided this is the year to see... More 

Thank Patricia R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

This was so cool! You drive across the sea floor onto an island owned by a railroad barron back in the day. His sprawling estate is in various stages of needing restoration, but many original details bring you back to what this place must have felt like as an escape from city life during the turn of the century. Walk... More 

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Fredericton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

A few of us avid outdoor enthusiasts visited Ministers island recently. What a pleasurable experience. You get the feeling you are living in the late 1800s and enjoying some of the luxuries the rich upper class at the time would have experienced in the day. Visit the magnificent mansion of Sir William van Horne and the fascinating other buildings on... More 

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Fleetwood, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Lovely historic island with a tour of the main house, lovely scenery, a huge barn and several walking trails. Quite an adventure to drive on the ocean floor at low tide to reach this attraction. Just be sure to return before the tide comes up!!!!

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Waiting for the tides to be right, then driving to the Island to explore this beautiful estate of a former railroad baron is stuff movies are made of. The time flies as you visit each of the rooms of the mansion, have a picnic lunch by the bath house and then explore the barn which held cattle, horses, pigs and... More 

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Saint John, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Never had enough time here as it was such a great place. I suggest to pick a good time when the tides are right and plan ahead so you have more time. You need to drive across an intra tidal road so plan this one. The main house the barn down at the beach house were all excellent. I loved... More 

Thank Murray D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

Check the tide times to ensure the visit fits with your plans. We had a good day wandering the house and the barns. I do wish that they had staff members sitting at the barns though to help with information. They had several at the house, but none at the barn.

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