Minister's Island information
This picturesque tidal island was once used as a summer retreat by William Cornelius Van Horne, builder of the Canadian Pacific Railway and one of Canada's wealthiest men. Covenhoven , his splendid 50-room Edwardian cottage, is now open to visitors – check out the towerlike stone bathhouse, the tidal swimming pool and the châteaulike barn.
The island can be visited at low tide, when you can drive (or walk, or bike) on the hard-packed sea floor. A few hours later it's 3m under water so be careful. During high tide, a ferry departs from Bar Rd. To get to Minister's Island from downtown St Andrews, follow Rte 127 northeast for about 1km and then turn right on Bar Rd.