Ministers Island, St. Andrews, New Brunswick

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Ministers Island, New Brunswick
Home of Sir William Van Horne with wild Lupins in the fore ground
St. Andrews, New Brunswick
Just a short drive across the ocean floor on the bar at low tide will take you to the summer residence of that visionary railway builder Sir William Van Horne.

Ministers Island
Location: At the end of Bar Road near St. Andrews NB
Address: 199 Carriage Road Ministers Island, NB E5B 0A4
Telephone: 506-529-5081
Fax: 506-529-8223
Email: Via form at website
Season: Mid-May to Mid-October

power supplying windmill   Ministers Island is a 500 acre island located near St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, Canada. During the summer season, it is accessible by vehicle, bike, or foot across the ocean floor at low tide and by shuttle boat at high tide. The island was named after Anglican Minister, Rev. Samuel Andrews, who settled there in the 1790's and whose house still stands.

circular bathhouse   Sir William Cornelius Van Horne who is credited with the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway, began building his summer retreat on Ministers Island in the 1890's. Tours of the property include Covenhoven, the large 50 room sandstone mansion where Sir William and his family lived during the summer; the circular bathhouse and tidal saltwater swimming pool, and one of the most unique barns in Canada where Sir William had a large stock farm. Tours are self-guided and guided tours are available for bus groups and by special arrangement. Over 8 km of walking trails traverse the island and feature varied habitats as well panoramic views of Passamaquoddy Bay and the surrounding countryside. Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras, sketch pads, and a picnic lunch to enjoy at one of the many tables scattered throughout the island. The island is a game reserve and pets are not allowed.

   The island is available for weddings, reunions, and events. Ministers Island is both a National and a Provincial Historic Site and is managed by the Van Horne Estate on Ministers Island Inc. (VHEMI), a non-profit charity.

2009 rates:
  • Adult- $12,
  • Senior & Student- $10,
  • Child 6 &under -FREE,
  • Family (2 adults and 2 students)- $40,
  • additional family member $8.
  • All rates are plus HST.

   Be sure to check out the official website for the Island to learn more!

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