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This ice hotel in Quebec City is the only one of its kind in North America

The ice hotel in Quebec City is a must visit even if sleeping in a structure made entirely of ice in the middle of winter isn't high on your bucket list. 

The Hotel de Glace ice hotel is the only one of its kind in all of North America and takes approximately 500 tons of ice and 30,000 tons of snow to construct. A manmade snow mixture is created specially for the hotel in order to adjust the humidity.

According to Canadian Affair, it takes 50 people working over six months to construct it each year. 

Once it's completed in January, the hotel stands for about three months before being torn down in April.

The ice hotel first opened its doors on New Year's Day in 2001 and has been providing travelers with a once-in-a-lifetime experience ever since. 

Though it initially only had 11 beds, the hotel now offers 51 beds in 45 rooms and suites, each with their own themes. The beds are made from ice, a solid wood base and a comfortable mattress. 

The average temperature inside the hotel usually sits somewhere between -3 C and 5 C. And though that's fairly chilly for the interior of any old hotel, it's significantly warmer than the winter Quebec air. 

Thankfully, the bathrooms are heated and indoor hot tubs are abundant. 

All of the hotel's furniture is made from ice and you can also visit the facility's ice restaurant, ice bar and ice chapel while you're there. 

And when it's time to head to bed, hotel employees will provide you with insulated sleeping bags, bed sheets and pillows — but don't forget to dress for the weather. 

The ice hotel isn't just somewhere to sleep. The memorable tourist spot also offers a variety of activities including a nordic spa, dog sledding, an exclusive behind the scenes tour and more. 

The hotel is even a popular destination for winter weddings. 

Lead photo by

Quebec Tourism


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