A few years ago I had the opportunity to visit the bottle houses on Prince Edward’s Island. I hadn’t heard of this magnificent place before checking the tourist information along the route.
Bottle houses, you say. What’s that?
It’s exactly what it sounds like: structures made from bottles. Thousands of recycled bottles to be exact.
Édouard Arsenault of Cap-Egmont began his fantasy structure in 1979 after receiving a post card from his daughter depicting a glass castle on Vancouver Island. After a winter of gathering and cleaning bottles, Édouard set to work cementing them together to create the first of three houses.
Soon after, people visited to see the amazing structure and every summer since, tourists have flocked to Cap-Egmont to view the work of this artist.
You can learn more about this magical place by visiting The Bottles Houses website. There you learn Édouard’s genealogical roots in Atlantic Canada. He was born in 1914, the son of Emmanuel and Roséline Arsenault of Cap-Egmont.
The construction of the glass castle on Vancouver Island that had inspired Édouard began in 1962 and incorporated more than 200,000 bottles. Mable and George Plumb constructed the Haunted Mansion and Medieval Mini Gold Course in the Cowichan Valley. It stood for 33 years before it was destroyed to make way for the widening of the Trans Canada Highway.