Hôtel de Glace Through The Years Photo Gallery

Quebec's amazing ice hotel from 2011 to 2016

Hôtel de Glace Through The Years Photo Gallery

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Quebec's Ice Hotel 2016 Photo: Renaud Philippe

More than 55,000 people have slept in an ice bed in Quebec’s Hôtel de Glace. Since opening in 2001, the ice hotel has charmed locals and visitors.

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2016: The ice bar. Photo: Renaud Philippe

An architectural wonder built out of ice and snow – precisely 500 tons of ice and 30,000 tons of snow last season – Hôtel de Glace is worth making a trip to Quebec City for between January and March.

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2012: Hotel de Glace Photo: Xdachez.com

Each year students from Quebec’s universities compete to create a theme suite out of ice and snow.

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2015: There’s an ice bar and an ice chapel. Photo: Clermont Poliquin

Last winter there were 44 rooms and themed suites. There’s a Nordic area with hot tubs and sauna, an ice bar, ice slide and ice chapel (it’s a unique venue to tie the knot or renew your vows) vows.

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2011: In 2011 it moved to the site of the former Quebec Zoo. Photo: Xdachez.com

The hotel is redesigned each winter and you can book a room or suite for the night or just pop in for lunch or a cocktail.

Ice Hotel Design

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2015: Some rooms come with fireplaces. Photo: Clermont Poliquin

Each year’s design is different. Construction begins in December when the temperature is under – 5 °C. Snow is made onsite by snow blowers and the deck (or floor) is built first.

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2015: This is possibly one of the world’s funkiest “igloos”. Photo: Renaud Philippe

Metal moulds are used to create the shapes of the buildings and ice blocks weighing 500 tons are used to create the furniture (bar, night tables and chairs), columns, sculptures and ice glasses.

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2011: Can you picture yourself bundled up in this bed? Photo: Luc Rousseau.

If you decide to sleep there, you’ll be snoozing in a bed of ice on a comfortable mattress and tucked up in a cosy sleeping bag.

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2016: Would you sleep in this bed? Photo: Renaud Philippe

If might be a freezing dash to the heated bathroom in the nearby Celsius Pavilion but the experience is so unique it’ll one you’ll talk about for years!

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2014: 500 tons of ice and 30,000 tons of snow is used to build the ice hotel. Photo: Renaud Philippe
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2015: How about a Premium Deluxe Arctic Spa themed suite with fireplace and private spa? Photo: Renaud Philippe
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Hôtel de Glace is eternal and ethereal. Photo: Xdachez.com

 

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2011: The Ice Hotel is about 10 minutes from Quebec City. Photo: Luc Rousseau.
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2016: The theme was “rivers” and the suites were designed to reflect froze solid and underground rivers. Photo: Renaud Philippe
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