Offbeat Traveler: Hotel de Glace, Canada’s ice hotel
Skip trying to build an igloo yourself. Canada’s Hôtel de Glace, built exclusively of ice and snow, does it for you.
At the beginning of December each year, workers build the entire hotel’s rooms and columns, furniture and sculptures out of ice and snow. For the opening this January, when the hotel celebrates its 10th anniversary, workers used 15,000 tons of snow and 500 tons of ice.
Hôtel de Glace opened Jan. 4 and will remain open until April 4 for overnight stays, public tours, corporate events, weddings, art exhibitions and film and TV productions.
The hotel is in Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, 23 miles from Quebec City and 149 miles from Montreal. Quebec’s winter temperatures can range from minus-13 degrees Fahrenheit in February to 41 degrees in March.
Details of the sculpted columns and ice chandelier.
The limited-time offer Nordic Escape package starts at $179 per person a night (a room for two is $358) and includes a welcome cocktail, access to the hot tubs and sauna, and morning beverage and breakfast. That promotion ends Jan. 31; regular rates for a one-night stay begin at $332 a night. There are additional fees for weekend stays.