Welcome to Ministers Island

Main House and Bath House

Ministers Island is now closed for the season.

We invite you to join us again next season to explore the delights of this treasure trove of history and nature. Please feel free to explore this site to learn more.

A reminder to VHEMI Members: The hiking trails are always open to our members. When you arrive for your hike, please sign in at the ticket booth.

Ministers Island—an experience like no other

Ministers Island is an enchanting place to experience. Lying just off the shore near St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada, this 500-acre island is only a part-time island. You reach it by driving over the seafloor approximately 1 kilometer (1/2 mile).

Once there, you are immersed in an experience from the late 19th and early 20th century— the summer estate of Sir William Van Horne, the second president of and the driving force behind the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Sir William's vast house, his equally large barn and his bathhouse / artist's hideaway are on view, as are the beautiful carriage lanes through woods and fields.

Time stands still, and you're swept up in an atmosphere that makes you forget all about your everyday life and the here-and-now.