The Hotel De Glace or Ice Hotel is truly one of the most incredible places I’ve ever been. It was one of the only things I know for sure I wanted to visit when we went to Quebec, but I had never seen any picture of the inside or really read that much about it, so I was completely blown away.
I was heartbroken that my camera battery died about a half an hour into our visit and none of the pictures on my phone turned out very well. Thankfully I travel with a very talented photographer so some of his pictures are mixed in. You can tell them apart because I like to shoot in landscape and he shoots in portrait.
Be sure to check him out on Instagram (here)
The hotel is located north of Quebec City, on the slopes of the Laurentian mountains, in Charlesbourg. It was the first and so far the only ice hotel in North America and it is built each December and opens in early January. The hotel lasts for only three months every year from January to April. It started out with 11 double beds when it first opened, and it now has 51 double beds. The beds are all made of ice, followed by a wood base and soft mattress. For those brave enough to stay overnight, a cozy sleeping bag, isolating bed sheets, and a pillow is delivered to the rooms.
It takes a team of 50 workers about a month and a half to build. The snow made for the structure is a special mixture that is made to be stronger and adjust to humidity. The hotel is made of 30,000 tons of snow and 500 tons of ice and the walls are up to four feet thick.
The Ice hotel first opened on New Year’s Day in 2001. It was located in Montmorency Falls Park, on the outskirts of Quebec City, that first year, and move to the nearby Duchesnay resort next year. It was built there up until to 2010. The Hôtel de Glace then moved to a new site in 2011, in Charlesbourg, and has been built there ever since.
I hope you enjoyed Part 2 of Wandering Quebec!
Would you ever stay in the Ice Hotel?