There's a ton of magic hiding in the province, you just have to know where to look. The glass castle in B.C. is one such wonder, and it's ready to make you gasp and do a double-take on your road trip this summer. This enormous building is somehow even more than meets the eye — there's a lot of history behind its glass.
Many a traveller passing by Kootenay Lake near the Rocky Mountains might have stumbled upon this place and wondered if they were hallucinating. How did this giant castle wind up here of all places?
According to Kootenay Rockies, the enormous roadside attraction was built by one man, starting back in 1952. It was David H. Brown who first designed the place, after retiring from a long career in the funeral business.
Reportedly, Brown said he began building to "indulge a whim of a peculiar nature." And peculiar it was because every glass brick of the giant castle was made from empty embalming fluid bottles.
Brown travelled all over western Canada, visiting friends in the funeral business and gathering the square-shaped bottles until he had around 500,000 in total. His full collection weighed 250 tons.
Then he began building. In total, the full castle covers 1,200 square feet of space, taking 24 feet in width and 48 in length.
Inside, there are three main rooms, including a tall tower visitors can climb to discover a beautiful view of the mountains.
They also have seasonal tours from May to October taking people inside the castle, where Brown set up living quarters like a kitchen and living room. Visitors aren't allowed to stay overnight in the castle, though.
Outside, the castle is surrounded by a lovely garden, complete with a glass bridge over a small stream. Its water powers a tiny water wheel for the equally tiny garden gnome village.
A summer road trip across B.C. is hardly complete without a weird and whacky experience. Fortunately, this place fits the bill. Be sure to drop by next time you're in the area.
The Glass House
Address: 11350 BC-3A, Sanca, BC
Why You Need To Go: Swing by this unforgettable bottle castle hand-built by a single person. It's the perfect rest stop on your road trip.
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