Hôtel de Glace

As I mentioned in my previous post, we enjoyed taking the scenic drive from Québec to Valcartier to visit the Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel).

It blows my mind that each year they design and construct the buildings that make up this beautiful hotel. I imagine it requires quite the team of builders, designers and artisans. Ice isn't an easy medium!  

The ice hotel is open to the public (for a fee) during the day, and a day pass lets you explore both the property and the guest rooms.

There is a big variation in room size and decor. I preferred the sparsely decorated, minimalistic rooms, but my little one obviously loved the rooms with a bit of whimsy, especially a room which resembled Santa's workshop.

The whole family enjoyed exploring the tunnel-like corridors, going down the ice slide and stopping at the on-site sugar shack for maple syrup snow candy. 

There is also a chapel, a nordic spa with hot tubs and a full ice bar.

I recommend going on a sunny day, especially at golden hour. The light shining through the ice blocks is quite beautiful. 

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