The first ice hotel in North America, Quebec’s Hôtel de Glace is sculpted over the course of five weeks every winter from over 500 tons of ice and 15,000 tons of snow. Open from January until late March with 44 bedrooms and suites, the hotel even has its own wedding chapel made of ice.
In fact, everything’s made of ice, from the huge chandelier in the Great Hall to the icy frozen blocks that make up the hotel’s beds. Thanks to high-tech sleeping bags and plush deer pelts, you’ll still be able to keep cozy on an overnight stay, and the outdoor spa and sauna will help to warm you up, too. Even if you’re not staying the night, you can head to the Hôtel de Glace’s Ice Bar for a chilled vodka shot (or a hot chocolate for the kids). Kids and adults will also love the chance to zip down the hotel’s famous ice slide.
Ten minutes north of downtown on 9530 rue de la faune, the Hôtel de Glace is open from January 5 until March 22 each year. Guided tours are available, or you can check out the hotel’s public spaces and bar independently for $18 ($14 after 8pm). To stay the night, prices start at $269 per person, which includes a welcome cocktail, access to the hot tub and sauna, breakfast and all gratuities.