A prominent piece of Saint Andrews history will become a world-class tourist destination.
That is the hope of the Van Horne Estate on Ministers Island Inc., after a business development plan was unveiled today.
Plans include restoring the elements of the Edwardian era, adding modern carriage house chalets, beach access, docking facilities, and walking and cycling trails. The pland will allow for overnight stays, weddings, meetings, and other special events.
Major renovations were recently made to the Van Horne barn, which included flooring repairs, replacing windows, and preserving the silos of the historical structure.
Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames says, "Creating an integrated world-class Fundy Coast experience will provide an advantage for New Brunswick in the globally competitive travel marketplace, and Ministers Island is an important part of that. Ministers Island will be the next catalyst in exposing our nation's premier seaside resort town, Saint Andrews."
Once completed, Ministers Island is expected to employ forty to fifty people and generate $1.3 million in payroll.
Ministers Island is an island approximately two hundred hectares, and was the former summer home of Sir William Van Horne, builder of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
(Photo credit: Ministers Island Facebook Page)