Located near Quebec City, the Hotel de Glace is open from early January until late-March. There are 36 rooms and theme suites in the ice hotel, with access to outdoor spas. While adults can enjoy the music and drinks (served in an ice glass) in the literally cool Ice Bar, kids can enjoy an ice-rink and ice-slide. Every year, 500 tons and 15,000 tons of snow are used to create the hotel, with a new design and theme every year. The result is right out of a fairytale, and a true wonder of the Canadian winter.
Length of Trip : 2-3 hours as day visitor, overnight if staying over.
Cost : Overnight: There are various packages to choose from (Romantic Getaway, Adventure, Discovery) which include overnight stay, dining, a room at the Sheraton Four Points, champagne, and extras like dog sledding. Prices range from $179 per person for the basic stay (double occupancy), $399.50 per person for the Discovery Package to $549.50 for the Ultimate Package. Day Visit: Adults: $17.50 Teen: $15.50 Children 6 – 12: $8.75 Children under 5: Free Seniors: $15.50 Family (2 adults, 2 kids): $43.75 Rooms and suites are reserved for guests after 8pm.
Best time to go : The hotel is open January to April. The best time to go is during Winter Carnival when you can tick that one off the list too! Your carnival effigy gets you a discount for visits to the Ice Hotel.
Wheelchair friendly : Yes
Family friendly : Yes
Where to eat : Dine on the gourmet wonders of Quebec City: High end: Initiale - Relais & Châteaux Restaurant Panache L’Échaudé La Fenouillière Medium: Café de la Paix inc. Côtes-à-Côtes Resto-Grill Rôtisserie St-Hubert Budget: Chez Ashton Vieille maison du Spaghetti
Official Site : www.hoteldeglace-canada.com
Where to Stay : In the Ice Hotel. Your package also includes a night at the Sheraton Four Points if you can't handle the cold.
Getting There : The Ice Hotel is a 10-15 minute drive from downtown Quebec City. Maps and directions here.
Note from Robin : Bundle up folks, it’s going to be cold. You’ll definitely want to warm up before you go to bed in the hot tubs and sauna. I’d advise against drinking too much liquid because you really don’t want to use the loo in the middle of the night. Think of it as an adventure, for that is what it is.
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It’s a rare occasion when the name of a car aligns so perfectly with what I’ve used it for. Whether rocketing along the notorious Trans-Labrador Highway, or cruising among the mountainous candy of the Icefield Parkway, the Ford Escape has indeed lived up to its name. It has stood up to some pretty epic challenges, and that includes taking a 6-month baby on a 30-day cross-country book tour. Compact yet spacious, powerful yet fuel efficient, and loaded with features you’ll soon wonder how you did without, the Ford Escape more than lives up to its moniker. – Robin Esrock
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