The Bottle Houses are a tourist
attraction situated in Cap-Egmont, Prince Edward Island, Canada.
They were built by the late Édouard T. Arsenault. He was
inspired to create this project after having received a postcard
of a glass castle from his daughter in 1979, an attraction she had visited on
Vancouver Island in British Columbia.
That same summer, he started
collecting bottles from his community, mostly from a local
restaurant, community dance halls, friends, relatives and
He spent the winter in the
basement of his home, cleaning bottles, removing labels and
dreaming of his project. In the spring of 1980, at the age of
66, he began his construction, a mere hobby yet.
As his six-gabled structure was
taking form, visitors started coming in. Impressed by his work,
they encouraged him to continue and to advertise it as a tourist
attraction. And so, in 1981, the Bottle Houses were opened to the public.
From 1980 to the
spring of 1984, he cleverly cemented over 25,000 bottles of
various shapes, sizes and colours, into three fantasy-like
Fisherman by trade, Édouard also
worked as a carpenter. His creative energy and his sense of
humour, very much Acadian, were channelled in his architectural
project of transforming over 25,000 bottles into the colorful
souvenirs he has left for all of us to admire. His strong Acadian
roots also led him to contribute greatly to the development of
the Evangeline area, his home community.
This retirement project of the
late Édouard Arsenault is a fine example of recycling at its
best! The proximity of the site to the ocean also makes it a
haven for nature lovers and photographers.