Canada’s 12 most unique homes

If you’re planning to drive across Canada, make it an unforgettable road trip by visiting these 12 incredible, one-of-a-kind houses! From treehouses to a tiny house, a giant doll house and even a home made entirely of glass bottles, you won’t believe your eyes!

If you’re a big fan of design, or love to marvel at the unexpected, you’ll want to hit the roads to discover these uniques homes of Canada!

 

copyright: Mahfuz Ahmed

The Free Spirit Spheres

Who hasn’t ever dreamt of staying the night in a treehouse? Vancouver Island’s Free Spirit Spheres are spherical cabins in the trees that combine the conveniences of modern life with the authenticity of camping out under the stars. Not to miss!

How to get there

420 Horne Lake Road

Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 1Z7

 

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The Little House

Considered to be the first tiny house in Canada (and possibly the world!), Toronto’s Little House was built in 1912 by Arthur Weeden. Originally designed as a laneway for cars, Weeden instead used the land to build his family home, where they resided 20 years. The house is so well known that Ellen Degeneres even gave it a shout out on her show!

How to get there

128 Day Avenue

Toronto, Ontario M6E 3W2

 

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The Half House

No, you’re not dreaming! This real architectural achievement at 54½ Saint Patrick Street in Toronto is half a home. It was built between 1890 and 1893 as one in a row of six identical residences for labourers living in a poor neighbourhood. In the 1950s, a real estate consortium set out to buy the homes, but the owner of 54½ refused to sell. Thus, the original facade was left intact so that it became one of the most unusual houses ever!

How to get there

54½ Saint Patrick Street

Toronto, Ontario M5T 1V1

 

Habitat 67

A true architectural institution in Montreal, Habitat 67 was created and designed by architect Moshe Safdie as part of Expo 67. These playful, cubic homes were originally created to provide a new way of living in the city. Quite eccentric compared to downtown Montreal, Habitat’s 146 apartments are still a source of fascination and curiosity. Well worth the visit!

How to get there

2600 Avenue Pierre-Dupuy

Montreal, Quebec H3C 3R6

 

L’Anse aux Meadows

Located at the tip of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula, Anse aux Meadows is the oldest evidence of a European presence in America. This Viking village dating back to the 11th Century, some 500 years before Christopher Columbus discovered America, includes eight timber-and-sod buildings. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, it’s a truly exceptional historical site!

How to get there

Saint-Lunaire-Griquet,

Newfoundland and Labrador A0K 2X0

 

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The Doll House

Take a walk along Bertmount Avenue in Leslieville, and when you get to 37, you’ll understand why it’s called The Doll House. Rather than planting flowers in her garden, owner Shirley Sumaiser displays the dolls and stuffed animals that she’s been collecting for over 20 years. Changing with the seasons and holidays, the garden attracts tourists and photographers all year long!

How to get there

37 Bertmount Avenue

Toronto, Ontario M4M 2X8

 

Attribution: OldYorkGuy

The Cube House

If you’ve ever driven on the Don Valley Parkway in Toronto, you’ve probably noticed this funny structure that’s known as the Cube House. Built in 1996 by architect Ben Kutner and his partner Jeff Brown, the structure was inspired by the Dutch Cubist architectural movement of the 1970s. Unfortunately, the land it sits on was sold to a real estate developer in 2016. Hurry! This may be your last chance to see it!

How to get there

1 Sumach Street

Toronto, Ontario M5A 4P6

 

Édouard Arsenault Bottle Houses

It was in 1979, at the age of 66, that Edouard Arsenault began to clean and collect glass bottles to use them as building materials. Mission accomplished! Constructed using over 25,000 bottles, Mr. Arsenault’s three glass structures today include a house, a tavern and a church. Best seen on a beautiful sunny day!

How to get there

6891 Route 11,

Cape-Egmont, Prince Edward Island C0B 2E0

 

Just Room Enough Island

Part of the Thousand Islands chain on the Canada-United States border (but technically located in New York State), the Sizeland family bought Just Room Enough Island in the 1950s. The island takes its unusual name from this tiny piece of isolated land whose entire surface is taken up by a house, making it the world’s smallest inhabited island.

How to get there

Alexandria Bay,

New York (USA) 13607

 

Cochin Lighthouse

Looking over a sea of ​​green fields in the heart of the Canadian prairies is a lighthouse. Yes, it’s true! Erected in the flatlands of Saskatchewan, the Cochin Lighthouse is fully operational, even though it has no real use there. To take in the expansive view of “the land of the living skies” from the top, you’ll have to climb the lighthouse’s 153 steps – excellent exercise that makes the view all the more rewarding!

How to get there

591 Jeanne Crescent

Cochin, Saskatchewan S0M 0L0

 

Hôtel de Glace

A must-see in the Quebec City region for 17 years now, the Hôtel de Glace – or ice hotel – has attracted more than a million visitors since opening! Entirely built of snow and ice, this ephemeral work of art is redesigned and rebuilt every winter. It’s also the only hotel of its kind in North America!

How to get there

1860 Boulevard Valcartier,

Valcartier, Quebec G0A 4S0

 

copyright: Dennis Jarvis

Around the Sea Rotating House

Close to the Green Gables heritage site on Prince Edward Island, the Around the Sea Rotating House is truly one of a kind. You can rent one of the four condos in the world’s first rotating house to fully enjoy the unique experience, as the entire structure does a full rotation every 45 minutes. Every condo gets views of the sea throughout the day! How’s that for sharing?

How to get there

130 Lantern Hill Drive

North Rustico, Prince Edward Island C0A 1X0

 

Canada has plenty of unique places to see, each with its one-of-a-kind history. Have you heard of or visited any of these houses? Or do you know of any others that you would like to share with us? Feel free to share your suggestions and addresses in the comments below.

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