If you want to rediscover the magic of the season, there is no place more representative of the wonders of winter than the Hôtel de Glace,
located on the site of Valcartier Vacation Village
just under an hour outside Quebec City. This is the only hotel in North America made entirely of ice and snow. Over a two-week span, builders use more than 30,000 tons of snow to shape, carve and construct the brilliant structure that welcomes guests from around the world.
The hotel includes 44 guest rooms, as well as themed suites with unique architectural features such as Roman columns and animal figures carved from ice. Each room includes a bed made of ice topped with a cozy mattress and arctic sleeping bags for guests to stay comfortably warm while they sleep. Some rooms even include fireplaces, as well as hot tubs — perfect for those looking for a bit more romance.
In addition to the hotel’s unique lodging, the Hôtel de Glace boasts an ice bar and restaurant that offers a Nordic inspired menu. Sip your drink in a glass made of ice as you relax under the igloo’s warm, almost magical glow.
With all of the nearby activities — from snowshoe adventures, to ice slides, to ice sculptures — it’s no surprise the hotel has continually drawn over a million annual visitors since it was first built in 2001.
Photo Credit: Luc Rousseau