Friday, January 08, 2010

Ice Hotel Opens in Quebec City

The Hotel de Glace has opened in Quebec City and will remain open until April 4. It is built entirely of ice and snow! It features 36 rooms and theme suites, an Ice Bar, Ice Cafe, Ice Chapel, Grande Ice Slide, Outdoor Hot Tub and a Sauna.

It draws its inspiration from the Inuit igloos. It takes 15,000 tons of snow and ice to build the hotel, the only one of its kind in North America. More than 500,000 people have visited the hotel since its first opening in 2000.

Towering archways, crystal ice sculptures and fur-topped ice furniture greet visitors, while ice candelabra, art etched onto the walls and softly colored lights add a warm glow. It takes six weeks to build the hotel. New for 2010 is a multimedia igloo that holds demonstrations and exhibitions where visitors can learn more about the Inuit techniques used to build the Ice Hotel.

The hotel is part of Quebec City's annual Winter Carnival. For more information contact a Professional Travel Agent or go to

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