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The Bottle Houses
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Owner description: Three fantasy-like buildings made up of approximately 30 000 recycled glass bottles of various colors and sizes, surrounded by beautiful flower gardens. A haven for nature lovers, recyclers and photographers. The late Edouard Arsenault built the structures in the early 80's, spending the last four years of his life in this amazing project - family-run for over twenty-five years. Featured in "Ripley's Believe It or Not" and "1000 Places to see before you die".
Reviewed October 16, 2012

Don't miss this attraction. The bottle houses are amazing, the colours and pattern arrangements, especially in the chapel are so beautiful, even more so when the afternoon sun is shining through the stained glass window. There have even been weddings held there. The grounds also are so lovely and well-maintained and the gift shop has such interesting and unique items. The owner, Jeanne Arseault, daughter of the creator is very fiendly and helpful.

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Reviewed September 22, 2012

An impressive collection of buildings created from discarded bottles. I did not expect to see specific patterns and colours in the walls. THe church is complete with pews, an alter, and a cross in one of the walls. Very impressive

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Reviewed September 18, 2012

Heard about this from family who visited it recently.

Three buildings built of used bottles. A Chapel, Six-Gabled House and Tavern.

Edouard Arsenault first started building the house. Made of 12,000 bottles, it was completed in 1980. He collected used bottles when there was no recycling program for glass other than returnable pop and beer bottles. Then people started to bring their bottles to him.

Bottles are set in a matrix of mortar.

Step inside and some spectacular colours and patterns are created when the sunlight streams through the bottles.

The Tavern came next, complete with a bar made of bottles.

The Chapel was his last effort, made from 10,000 bottles. Interesting to note that some of the bottles used to build the backs for the pews are actually votive holders from the time when the parishes discarded them after they were used. You can see the cross embossed on many of them.

And there are lots of flowers on the grounds, lots of colour and variety, as well as an Acadian Vegetable Garden.

There's also an nteresting tree sculpture made of rusting steel with bottle details.

And Edna. Story is the largest tree on the property was downed by heavy winds in 2012. The stump was carved into a sculpture of a female, then named Edna in honour of Edouard's oldest sister who passed away at 99 years while the sculpture was being finished.

Worth the trip to Cap-Egmont to see this very unique ... and quirky ... attraction!

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Reviewed September 8, 2012

The grounds were not as large as we expected but the gardens were beautiful and bottle houses amazing. Go on a sunny day if possible. Pictures turn out well. There are washrooms on site and a gift shop with reasonable prices. It really is incredible to see the craftmanship and effort put into each creation.

1  Thank PardySmith
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

The man that created this was perhaps the first recycler!
Definitely worth a visit.
It takes time on the narrow country roads in this area but it's a lovely drive nevertheless. They have a small discount for seniors.
I learned how to count gables. There are six in the main house.

1  Thank PanAmPatti
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