The Glass Bottle Houses of PEI

The Summer before I became pregant with my oldest, my husband and I took a two week road trip to the East Coast of Canada! It would become our last child free vacation! We traveled straight through Quebec and spent a few nights in each of New Brunswick, PEI and Nova Soctia before circling back home! We had a great time touring around the country side, walking on beaches and taking in a number of lighthouses! While in Prince Edward Island, we stumbled upon these unique but amazing glass bottle buildings all situated together on the same property!

glass bottle house

The buildings were cleverly and tediously put together by Édouard T. Arsenault, starting in 1980 with the 6 gable house. Over the next four years Edourd, who was 66 years old when he began,  created three fantasy-like buildings using 25, 000 glass bottles of various shapes, colours and sizes!

bottle house

The six gabled house

This is where it all began! Édouard got his inspiration from a post card his daughter had sent him of a bottle house in British Columbia, this set off a storm of creativity and Édouard began collecting bottles from around the community. This house uses approximately 12,000 bottles and  measures 20 feet x 14 feet with three main sections. Its six gables and the patterns produced by the careful choosing of colors and sizes of bottles truly makes this a unique building. Mr. Arsenault would cement between 300 and 400 bottles per row, using a total of approximately 85 bags of cement over a six month period.

tavern glass bottle house

The tavern    

The hexagon shaped tavern came next in 1982 and uses 8000 bottles. This building was re-built in 1993, due to severe winter conditions that had brought its toll on this house, the roof and the central cylinder were maintained.

inside the tavern

Being inside the bottle housed is really quite magical! The light just pours into the buildings, and the coloured art work comes to life! 

glass bottle church

The chapel    

The third building is my favourite and a true work of art! Sadly, Édouard T. Arsenault passed away before completely finishing this project at age 70. It’s still amazing though and such a quaint little space complete with pews and an alter. 

As you can see above, Édouard was also a  keen gardener; he had planted all the trees on the property, designed the flower beds and the stonework was hand picked and placed by him as well, all in his retirement. 

bottles

For more information including, directions, admission rates and hours of operatin, visit the Bottle House of PEI website
www.bottlehouses.com

The Glass Bottle Houses were named in Ripley’s Believe It or Not  1000 Places to See Before You Die, so glad we made the stop! 

Comments

  1. That is very cool!! I’ve never seen anything like it before! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I can’t wait to go back out East one day with my family! Those houses are so cute!

  3. Oh WOW!! The Bottle Houses are remarkable! I visited PEI years ago, we are planning on going back soon! I’ll make sure to visit the Bottle Houses!

  4. Quite the retirement hobby. Wow! Those are gorgeous. I love the way the light pours through inside. I want to see this in person now!

  5. WOW!! That is very artistic!! I love the use of different colours to create designs and patterns!!

  6. Amazing! I’ve never heard of these before – they look fantastic. I’ve always dreamt of going to PEI I will put these on my list of must see places!

  7. Wow! Amazing! I have done quite a bit of traveling but I have not been as far as PEI and I am really keen to go! I know we’ll make it one day and this is on my list now!

  8. Wanda Bergman says:

    These look amazing! A must-see the next time we’re on the east coast.

  9. Linda Bragg says:

    Wow Wow Wow, have never seen anything so unique! let along going to PEI. As an American, immigrating to Canada, I would just love to have the opportunity to travel Canada and see and experience all these amazing places!! My husband who is Canadian has taken me to places here in Ontario, but there are still even so many places here yet to see on my bucket list. These homes made of bottles is just a work of art! And I would love to travel to PEI…..

    • momvstheboys says:

      Ontario is so fun to travel around but stretching to the East and West coasts are like whole other countries! So different!

  10. Brenda A says:

    We are heading there in a few weeks and are so excited! It looks so beautiful!

  11. Wasn’t aware of these glass bottle houses. Might be heading to P.E.I. this summer so definitely a place I want to check out!

  12. kathy downey says:

    Of all my trip there i have never seen this,its so beaurtiful

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