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Ministers Island

Quick Facts

Ratings Legend

Difficulty Easy Features Bay, Historic Buildings
Trail Type Loop Trail Markers None but easy to follow
Distance 4.33 km mapped Scenery Rating Must See
Estimated Time 3 hours Mainteance Rating Well Maintained
Trail Surface Type Old Roads Cell Phone Reception Strong
Elevation Change 49 meters GPS file Available on request
Fees required: Yes Dog Friendly On a Leash


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From the Tim Hortons in St. Andrews, at the Corner of Route 127 and Reed Street, take Route 127 back towards Bocabec. After 2 km turn right onto Bar Road. After another 2 km on Bar road you will come to the shore. If it is low tide you will see a gravel bar crossing to the island. If it is high tide then you will see water. Come back in 6 hours and you should be able to cross.

Note: Make sure you check the tides before your trip. The island can only be accessed by car at or near low tide. Information is posted at the beach near the crossing or you can get information from many of the tourist sites within the town of St. Andrews.


Minsters Island was named after an Anglican Minister back in the 1700's. Sir William Van Horne had a summer home on the island in the late 1800's and into the early 1900s. The large summer home (mansion), a unique circular bath house on the beach, and a large barn are still on the island. On the northern tip of the island there are remnants of Moose Manor, a cabin that was used for hunting in the 1930's. There are many layers of history on the island. The summer home, barn and other buildings are maintained as a museum for tours.

There is a trail that follows the perimeter of the island, with several other trails crossing through the fields and the forests in between. There are many views of Passamaquoddy Bay and of the shoreline of the town of St. Andrews. You can see Chamcook Mountain in the distance from near the northern tip of the island.

The geology along the shores of the island are also interesting. There are mixes of red rocks worn with holes like swiss cheese on top of black rock that looks like someone spilled tar. There are also square rocks that flake off in sheets and this is just on the northern tip of the island.

A brochure for Minister's Island can be downloaded here: Minister's Island Brochure.



June 25, 2015 - CBC Shift NB - Hiking Around St. Andrews

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External Links

Ministers Island - Official Site

Trail last visited August 31, 2013.
Page Last Updated August 21, 2015.