Ministers Island Tide Schedule      Ministers Island Tours and Events
  • Experience a Trip Across the Ocean Floor
  • Marvel at the Innovation
  • Take a Step Back in Time
  • Be Inspired by the Everchanging Shoreline
  • Connect with Nature
  • Tour the Historic Van Horne House
  • Be Amazed at the Restoration of the Silos & the Barn
  • A Special Place for Your Special Day

The Van Horne Estate on Ministers Island offers visitors one of the foremost cultural, heritage and environmental tourism destinations in the Charlotte Coastal Region of New Brunswick.

Archaeological surveys in progress

Plan Your Trip
Take in the History
Explore the Island
Celebrate Culture

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Be amazed with Restoration
About Us

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Event Calendar
Music Events on Ministers Island

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Crossing Tides & Time

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An experience like no other!
A short drive across the ocean floor - just minutes from St Andrews by-the-Sea.


Getting here
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Location Map and details

We invite you to experience Ministers Island, Canada's largest tidal island and a designated Provincial and Federal historic site.

Cross the ocean floor into a world rich in distinctive natural and marine surroundings, cultures and histories. For many centuries the island was the seasonal home of the Passamaquoddy indigenous people. In 1777 the island took on a new identity as Loyalists from the United States moved north to escape the American Revolutionary War and settled what is now Saint Andrews in 1783. "Ministers Island" is named for Parson Andrews who began a ministry in the area after settling on the island in 1790.

Relax, enjoy, and imagine life on the sprawling summer estate of Sir William Van Horne. The railroad visionary, interestingly an American, united Canada by completing the railway coast to coast in 1885.

Be amazed by the massive and recently restored Maxwell designed barn, once the heart of an innovative agricultural operation.

Immerse yourself in a time when the rich and famous of the post-Victorian era came to play in Saint Andrews by-the-Sea.

Covenhoven on Ministers Island The Bathhouse on Ministers Island Explore the spectacular 50 room summer cottage which reflects Van Horne's appreciation of art, music, entertainment and the finer things in life.

Discover the panoramic views of Passamaquoddy Bay from the iconic Bathhouse.

Come explore! We're waiting to welcome you.


July 5 Owen SteelMusic Events

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Take a Walk in our Gardens!
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A Special Place for Your Special Day!
Bathhouse Wedding Dreams

Van Horne Japane Ceramics Exhibit at the Gardiner Museum

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Van Horne Heritage Farm Education Program

Be Amazed at the restoration

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Ministers Island New Business Plan

Five year work plan
Fund rasising for Interpretive and Cultural Spaces on Ministers island
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