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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 12 November 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 27 October 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 15 October 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 17 October 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 8 October 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 9 October 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 3 October 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 22 September 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 25 September 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 17 September 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 18 September 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 17 September 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 18 September 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

Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

First time visitor! Only can visit the island at low tide!!! So you’ve got to plan your visit accordingly!!! What a beautiful place to visit, the historic buildings, the architectural design is amazing. The staff gave us a nice briefing on the history of Ministers...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Blondiejon
paulnopper, General Manager at Minister's Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2018

Hi Blondiejon We are glad to hear your FIRST visit to Ministers Island was special to you. The architecture, environments, culture, and history of the island are unique and very few places can boast about this. We take pride in ensuring everyone's visit is memorable...More

Reviewed 2 September 2018

We did a short visit to Saint Andrews and spent a couple of delightful hours on Ministers Island. You do have to check your window of opportunity ( low tide) so, in a real sense, your visit to the island is at nature's direction. The...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Steve A
paulnopper, General Manager at Minister's Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2018

Hello Steve A Thank you for visiting Ministers Island on our adventures through Saint Andrews. We are pleased to hear that you had a wonderful experience touring the island and were well informed by our passionate site interpreters and volunteers. We try to make the...More

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Gary R
10 September 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
18 August 2018|
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Response from DawnMarieHamilton | Reviewed this property |
There is no food available on the island. There is a gift shop where you can purchase drinks.
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Cindy C
31 August 2017|
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Response from michaelh409 | Reviewed this property |
Just search the gc tide table
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