Exploring the PEI Bottle Houses
Disclosure: Our family received free admission to this attraction so we can share with you great places to visit off the beaten path, like the PEI Bottle Houses, for your next family adventure!
The PEI Bottle houses have been on my bucket list to explore for over 10 years. Ever since one of my friends showed me her pictures from her visit, I knew it was a place I wanted to check out!
“Bottled sunshine: Retired carpenter, fisherman and lighthouse keeper Édouard Arsenault’s recycling project that began in 1980 has become a unique attraction in Cap-Egmont. The Bottle Houses village contains a six-gabled house, tavern, chapel and gift shop radiating a symphony of sunlight-powered colours in a tranquil garden setting.”
Together the 3 fantasy-like bottle buildings use over 30,000 glass bottles. They have been included in ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not’ and ‘1000 Places to See Before You die’.
The three buildings include a house, the tavern and the chapel. Following the self-guided tour, there are several things to search for during your visit, including the 4 blue bottles in the chapel!
Enjoy the gardens, the view of the Confederation Bridge and the art pieces scattered around the property.
Kids will love searching amongst the bottles, looking at the fish, or wandering the many paths around the gardens.
Planning your Visit
The Bottle Houses are located on the Western shore of Prince Edward Island, about 50 minutes from the Bridge or 30 minutes from Summerside.
It is a lovely drive along the shore to get there, so definitely worth heading off the beaten patch to check it out!
It takes about 30 minutes to tour the Bottle Houses, but you can spend much longer admiring the details, and enjoying the scenery.
Hours and Admission
The Bottle Houses and gardens are open from May to October.
The Bottle Houses were just as beautiful and fun to explore as I had imagined. I am so glad we went on a sunny day so we could see the light reflecting through the bottles!
This is an off the beaten-path well worth taking, and we highly recommend incorporating the PEI Bottle Houses into your next PEI adventure!