Bottle Houses, Prince Edward Island

After seeing the national park along the north shore I decided to head back to Nova Scotia so I made my way south to the bridge, which is the other, western connection to the mainland. Right before I left the island however I discovered there were bottle houses. I’ve always loved the aesthetics of up-cycling and most especially mosaics, but after visiting the Bottle Chapel when I was in North Carolina I have been aching to see more structures like that. So I passed the bridge and continued west.

The three structures on Prince Edward Island were hand-built by a retired gentleman Eduoard Arsenault from 1980 to 1984 with over 25,000 bottles after he was inspired by seeing a post card. I can only hope to be so industrious in my retirement: He spent winters cleaning bottles and removing labels, and the warmer months building the structures with cement – one per year. The first building is just called the house, and is constructed of 12,000 bottles. The second structure is a chapel, and the third is a tavern, both made with approximately 8,000 bottles each. Because Arsenault was a fisherman, carpenter, and a lighthouse keeper – and not an artist – the houses can’t really be compared to the Bottle Chapel in Wilmington, but they stand as a testament to his dedication in fulfilling his dream. And for that alone, they are worth a visit.

Fountain in garden, Bottle Houses, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Fountain in garden, Bottle Houses, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Bottle house, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Bottle house, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Interior of bottle house, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Interior of bottle house, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Interior of bottle house, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Interior of bottle house, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Bottle house amidst the garden, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Bottle house amidst the garden, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Altar in Bottle Chapel, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Altar in Bottle Chapel, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Detail, Bottle Chapel, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Detail, Bottle Chapel, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Pews in Bottle Chapel, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Pews in Bottle Chapel, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Exterior, Tavern, Bottle Houses, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Exterior, Tavern, Bottle Houses, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Window, Tavern, Bottle Houses, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Window, Tavern, Bottle Houses, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Bar, Tavern, Bottle Houses, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Bar, Tavern, Bottle Houses, Prince Edward Island, Canada