Ice Hotel (Quebec)

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Ice Hotel
General information
Location Québec City, Quebec, Canada
Opening January 1, 2001[1]
Technical details
Floor count 1
Other information
Number of rooms 44
Parking Yes
Website
icehotel-canada.com

The Ice Hotel (French: Hôtel de Glace) near Quebec City, Quebec, Canada is the first and only true ice hotel in North America.[2]

History[edit]

The Hôtel de Glace opened on New Year's Day in 2001.[1] For its first year, it was located in Montmorency Falls Park, on the outskirts of Quebec City,[1] with plans right from the beginning to move to the nearby Duchesnay resort for its next year. It had been built there from 2002 to 2010. In 2011, the Hôtel de Glace moved to a new site, in Charlesbourg. It has been built there ever since.[1]

The hotel is located 5 km north of Quebec City, on the first slopes of the Laurentian mountains, in the Charlesbourg borough. It is the first and only ice hotel in North America and is built each December for an opening date in early January. The hotel has a three-month lifespan each year before being brought down in April.[3] It had 11 double beds when it first opened in 2001. It has now 51 double beds, all made of ice and followed by a solid wood base and comfortable mattress. When the time comes, a cozy sleeping bag, an isolating bed sheet and a pillow are delivered to the rooms. Only the bathrooms are heated and located in a separate insulated structure.

It takes about a month and a half to build with 50 workers. The Hotel makes its own snow using a special mixture to adjust the humidity.[3] It is built with metal frames, it is allowed to harden for a few days, and then the cranes are removed.[3] The hotel is made of 30,000 tons of snow and 500 tons of ice and the walls are up to four feet thick.[3]

Description[edit]

Ice Hotel Chapel, Quebec (February, 2006)
Same Chapel from afar

The hotel is usually made (the architecture and size may vary from season to season) in arches of 16 feet (5 m) over rooms, and larger and higher spaces for a grand hall, a chapel, a bar and a grand ice slide. The walls are over 4 feet (1.2 m) thick on average. All furniture is made of ice. As in the Kiruna ice hotel, the bar serves drinks and cocktails in ice glasses.

Amenities include indoor heated washrooms and outdoor hot tubs.[4]

Tourist site[edit]

The hotel has been described as a "tourist hotspot"[3] and is backed by Quebec's tourism department.[5]

Tours are available in French and in English, seven days a week, and the hotel is otherwise open to the public.[5] After the thirteenth season, the official statistics reported over a million visitors and 43,000 overnight guests.[4] In its fifth season, it hosted around 70,000 tourists.[3]

Weddings[edit]

There is a chapel where weddings are celebrated. The Hôtel de Glace has been described as one of the "10 dream wedding locations."[6]

After the Thirteenth season, 275 weddings had been conducted since its opening.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Business brisk at Quebec's 'ice hotel', CBC, January 2, 2001
  2. ^ First Ice Hotel on Continent to Open in 2002, Akron Beacon Journal, December 24, 2000
  3. ^ a b c d e f Ice Hotel Is Tourist Hotspot, CBS News, Brian Dakss, January 6, 2006
  4. ^ a b Ice Is Nice for a Winter Wedding, The New York Times, Susan Catto, December 19, 2004
  5. ^ a b Visitors warming up to Quebec's ice hotel, The Jamaica Observer, Tania Fuentez, May 25, 2003
  6. ^ 10 dream wedding locations, Irish Independent, Ian McCurrach , May 27, 2009

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 46°53′19″N 71°18′19″W / 46.88862°N 71.30538°W / 46.88862; -71.30538