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PHOTOS: Hotel de Glace sparkles

 

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The Ice Bar at the Hotel de Glace features cocktails and, as you might’ve guessed, some warm drinks — which you better drink fast. (Julia Pelish/Vacay.ca)

QUEBEC CITY — It took construction workers and artists six weeks to build this year’s edition of the Hotel de Glace, a 36-room lodging located a 15-minute drive from old Quebec City. More than 15,000 tonnes of snow and 5,000 tonnes of ice were used in the construction of the magnificent attraction that will be open until March 25. After that date, the gorgeous ice hotel melts away. If you won’t have the opportunity to see it this year, here are some photographs that will give you an inside view of this monument’s beauty and allure.

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Hotel de Glace guests sleep in sleeping bags that can withstand temperatures as low as minus-30 Celsius degrees. (Julia Pelish/Vacay.ca)

 

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Cocktails are a hot item at the Ice Bar at the Hotel de Glace. (Julia Pelish/Vacay.ca)


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It takes six weeks to build the Hotel de Glace, which is open until March 25, 2012. (Julia Pelish/Vacay.ca)


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Carvings from First Nations artists decorate Quebec’s famous ice hotel. (Julia Pelish/Vacay.ca)


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More than 5,000 tonnes of ice were used in construction of the Hotel de Glace. (Julia Pelish/Vacay.ca)


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Guests put off going to bed in the ice hotel by hanging out at its spectacular bar. (Julia Pelish/Vacay.ca)

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Adrian is the editor of Vacay.ca and VacayNetwork.com. He also edited "Inspired Cooking", a nutrition-focused cookbook featuring 20 of Canada's leading chefs and in support of the cancer-fighting charity, InspireHealth. "Inspired Cooking" was created in honour of Adrian's late wife and Vacay.ca co-founder, Julia Pelish, who passed away of brain cancer in 2016. Adrian has won numerous awards for his travel writing, travel photography, and fiction, and has visited more than 55 countries. He is a former editor at the Toronto Star and New York Newsday, and was the social media and advocacy manager for Destination Canada. His articles have frequently appeared in the Huffington Post, Globe & Mail, and other major publications. He has appeared on national and local broadcasts, talking about travel, sports, creative writing and journalism. In 2019, he launched Trippzy, a travel-trivia app developed to educate consumers about destinations around the world.