Freshly built each winter
The Hotel de Glace is perhaps the most unique hotel in Canada. It’s also got one of the shortest seasons, being open for only three months a year. Located just outside Quebec City on the site of Valcartier Vacation Village, the hotel is the first (and only) true ice hotel in North America.
Every winter Hotel de Glace is rebuilt from scratch, before melting away entirely by spring. The design changes each time, with rooms and features added as it grows in popularity as one of Quebec’s premier seasonal attractions. It’s constructed over a period of six weeks, using specially designed moulds and snow machines. Last year over 30,000 tons of snow and 500 tons of ice were used.
You’ll need to be quick to secure a night in this icy lodge; this once-in-a-lifetime experience books out quickly each season. The hotel has 44 rooms and suites, and everything is made of ice, right down to the bed itself. Rooms range in size, but each one is unique with its own ice furniture and intricate ice sculptures carved out by a dedicated team of 15 people during construction. Some rooms even have a fireplace, but it’s strictly for show, not warmth – you wouldn’t want your room melting on top of you as you slept!