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Ministers Island Review

This huge island estate, once completely self-sufficient, was the summer home of Sir William Van Horne, chairman of the Canadian Pacific Railway from 1899 to 1915. In summer, you can access the island by car, by bike, or on foot at low tide and by shuttle boat at high tide. Tours of the property include Covenhoven, Sir William's 50-room summer home; a tidal swimming pool; a livestock barn; a cottage; an old windmill; and the 1790 Minister's House from which the island takes its name. If you drive, walk, or bike over, be sure to leave the island before the tide comes in or you will be stuck for another six hours. Check the tide schedule in the paper or call ahead.

    Contact Information

  • Address: via Bar Rd., off Rte. 127, 5 km (3 miles) north of St. Andrews St. Andrews by-the-Sea, NB E5B 0A4
  • Phone: 506/529–5081 for tour information
  • Cost: $15 (cash only), includes boat and guided tour
  • Hours: Mid-May–mid-Oct., daily; times vary according to tides
  • Website:
  • Location: St. Andrews by-the-Sea
Updated: 08-19-2013

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