St. Andrews, New
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.
the end of Bar Road near St. Andrews NB
Address: 199 Carriage Road
Ministers Island, NB E5B 0A4
Email: Via form at website
Season: Mid-May to
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.2009 rates:
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
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.
- 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!