Ice Hotel (Hotel de Glace)
The only ice hotel in North America, the Hôtel de Glace, just outside Quebec City, takes five weeks to build every year from over 500 tons of ice and 15,000 tons of snow. Construction begins in late November, and the finished building contains guest rooms, a bar, and even a wedding chapel.
In addition to individual hotel rooms carved from ice, a bar, and a wedding chapel, the Hôtel de Glace also includes a great hall with a cathedral-style ceiling. Decorative patterns line the walls, and sculptures made of ice create the feeling of a frozen art gallery. Visitors can warm up in the nearby outdoor spa and sauna. For those who prefer not to sleep in an icy chamber, there are daily tours, and the bar is also open to nonguests.
Things to Know Before You Go
Entry to the Ice Hotel is via paid ticket or by booking a room for an overnight stay.
The hotel welcomes family groups.
Visitors can learn more about the construction process with a guided tour of the building.
Children and adults alike will enjoy the super-fast ice slide.
How to Get There
The Hôtel de Glace is located some 20 minutes north of Quebec City, at 1860 Boulevard Valcartier in Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier. Visitors can reach the hotel by car or taxi.
When to Get There
The Ice Hotel is open every year in winter, usually from early January until the end of March, but exact dates may vary by year. The hotel melts away each summer.
Visit Quebec City
One of the oldest European settlements in North America, Quebec City has a charming historic old town filled with cobbled streets and stone churches. Highlights include the imposing Chȃteau Frontenac hotel and the impressive Montmorency Falls, higher than Niagara Falls.
- Artillery Park Heritage Site
- Quebec City Old Port (Vieux-Port)
- Port of Quebec (Port de Québec)
- Dufferin Terrace (Terrasse Dufferin)
- Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site
- Quebec City Capital Observatory (Observatoire de la Capitale)
- Museum of Francophone America (Musée de l'Amérique Francophone)
- Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral
- Quebec Museum of Civilization (Musée de la Civilisation)
- Fort Museum (Musée du Fort)
- Citadel of Quebec (Citadelle de Quebec)
- Upper Town (Haute-Ville)
- Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec)
- Quebec Royal Square (Place-Royale)