Last Updated on March 9, 2021 by Pamela
The Quebec City Ice Hotel, known locally as Hôtel de Glace, is one of the best parts of winter. The only one of its kind in North America, Hôtel de Glace is made completely of snow and ice – no wood structures underneath!
Working with local artists, winter scenes are expertly carved into many of the walls made of snow, and ice. Introducing a new theme each year, the ice hotel becomes a hot winter destination for tourists and locals alike.
Curious as to how the Quebec City Ice Hotel is built each year? Watch the video below!
COVID UPDATE: As of March 9, 2021, most regions in Quebec (with the exception of Montreal and its surrounding regions) are now orange zone, with a 9:30pm – 5am curfew. Restaurants will now be open for dine-in (with restrictions), as well as gyms, museums, shops, and salons. Bars remain closed. Travel to Quebec at this time is not advisable. In the meantime, I hope you will utilize this site for travel inspiration and future travel planning!
Located at Village Vacances Valcartier in the town of Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, the Quebec City Ice Hotel is roughly 30 km from Old Quebec City. Close to downhill ski runs, and the Indigenous community of Wendake. A lovely winter oasis.
Opening in early, the Quebec City Ice Hotel is a short walk from Hôtel Valcartier. Visit during the day to take full advantage of the activities on offer. Buy some maple taffy (boiling hot maple syrup poured onto fresh snow and rolled onto a popsicle stick), and begin your exploration of the hotel.
The ice chapel is always a beautiful place to start, with its carved ice benches topped with warm furs, vaulted ceiling and carved ice details. The grand entrance is always stunning with it’s carved ice pillars and snow-carved walls. It is in these connected buildings that you’ll find the ice bars. There are two, and each one features different designs.
The rooms, which are open to the public until 8pm each night, range from standard rooms with beds ontop of icy platforms, to superior rooms and suites which feature winter scenes carved in snow and ice (some also have a fireplace!).
Outside, overnight guests have access to hot tubs, and the ice bars stay open until around midnight. The vibe of the ice hotel changes as the sun goes down and the snow and ice are illuminated by colourful lights.
Thinking about booking a room? Remember to pack warm long underwear and pajamas, and don’t forget those woolen socks! Don’t worry though, if it gets to cold for you there is a warm hotel room waiting for you at Hôtel Valcartier. It’s all part of your Hôtel de Glace room experience.
1860, Boul Valcartier, Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier
Jan 2nd–mid-Mar daily 10am–12am
Visit their website for more details
$23.99 CAD – Tour day ticket
$15.99 CAD – Tour evening ticket
Rooms start at $379 CAD /night