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Would You Sleep on the Ice Lodge in Quebec?

In polling my mates and readers, plainly folks fall into two distinct camps. Those who suppose a keep on the Ice Lodge in Quebec, or Lodge de Glace, could be a as soon as in a lifetime alternative, and people who suppose sleeping on ice is loopy. Earlier than you determine the place you fall, let me let you know extra about it.

Lodge de Glace: Ice Lodge in Quebec

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Entrance to the Ice Lodge

Be aware: Our go to to Lodge de Glace was hosted by Tourism Metropolis, Quebec Metropolis Tourism, and the Lodge de Glace. All opinions are our personal.

Lodge de Glace, positioned simply 10 minutes exterior of Quebec Metropolis, is the one resort in North America made solely of ice and snow. It’s a part of the Village Vacances Valcartier, a year-round resort that additionally has a tremendous snow tubing park. Annually, the Ice Lodge is freshly constructed of 500 tons of ice and 30,000 tons of manufactured snow, blown into molds to kind the buildings of the resort.

Building begins in early December, when the temperatures are beneath zero for at the very least per week. Over the subsequent six weeks, a crew works across the clock, till the resort is ready to open someday in January. It’s going to then keep open for so long as temperatures cooperate.

It’s a good place to remain if you’re attending the Quebec Winter Carnival.

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Cave drawings on the Ice Lodge

The resort is constructed with a special theme every year. The resort has grown over time and options 42 rooms and themed suites. Lodge de Glace additionally presents an ice chapel, for people who wish to get married on the resort, in addition to loads of communal public areas.

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Ice archway on the Lodge de Glace

Lodge de Glace Rooms and Suites

If you keep on the Ice Lodge, you’ll be able to select between a primary room or a set that has extra ornate ice carvings and decorations that match the yr’s theme. You can too choose a set with a hearth, however remember that these are only for atmosphere, not heat (as that will soften the room!) There are rooms accessible with one to a few beds, making it appropriate for households or mates.

Every room reservation features a room on the Hôtel Valcartier on the identical night time as your keep on the Hôtel de Glace so that you’ve a spot to retailer baggage, bathe (or sleep for those who get too chilly.) Though a resort payment is relevant. Reservations additionally embody:

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Photograph copyright of Philippe Renaud
  • A welcome cocktail served in an ice glass 
  • Entry to the Nordic space with sizzling tubs and saunas below the celebrities
  • 10% low cost on companies on the Aroma Spa
  • 20% low cost in your Hôtel Valcartier reservation the nights earlier than and/or the nights after your in a single day keep on the Hôtel de Glace
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Photograph copyright Philippe Renaud

A number of issues to bear in mind when you find yourself deciding whether or not or not an in a single day keep is best for you:

  • There aren’t any locked doorways on rooms or suites, simply velvet curtains and valuables are saved in a locker
  • Visitors are solely permitted within the rooms from 9pm to 8am the next day
  • There aren’t any ensuite bogs however there are trailers exterior the resort or heated restrooms on the close by Celcius Pavilion
  • Whereas the mattress is fabricated from ice, there’s a wooden platform and an ordinary mattress to guard you from the chilly
  • Visitors are given a Nordic sleeping bag to maintain heat because the temperature contained in the resort stays between -3 and -5 levels Celsius (23-27 levels Fahrenheit.)

After we visited, we noticed rooms with snow chevaliers, platform beds with ice stairs, ice capsules, and house ship like quarters.

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The medieval room at Lodge de Glace

Earlier than bundling up for the night time, visitors are invited to heat up within the Nordic space with a courtyard of spas and saunas below the celebrities. Accessible from 8pm to 8am, visitors can increase their physique temperature with a sizzling soak, then rapidly dry off and costume earlier than climbing right into a Nordic sleeping bag, rated for temperatures from -15 to -30 levels Celsius.

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The Nordic Spas exterior Lodge de Glace

So, would you keep? I assume we fall within the camp of individuals that will stay awake in a single day on the Ice Lodge. I used to be intrigued and really tempted, till I examine the entire toilet factor. That and the truth that even at house, my daughter sleeps in fleece pjs with a sweatshirt, fleece sheets, 2 fleece blankets, 2 quilts, and a comforter and nonetheless says she is chilly.

One thing tells me she wouldn’t do too nicely on the Ice Lodge, irrespective of how heat that sleeping bag is. However that doesn’t imply that the Ice Lodge wouldn’t be proper for your loved ones. Now we have mates that stayed there with their two elementary school-aged women and so they beloved it! The truth is, Lodge de Glace has had youngsters as younger as six months keep in a single day.

However even for those who don’t keep, that doesn’t imply that you may’t benefit from the Lodge de Glace.

Lodge de Glace Excursions

Even if you don't stay at the Ice Hotel, you can still visit and enjoy some cocktails in the Ice Bar | Quebec | Hotel de Glace
Cocktails on the Ice Bar

The Lodge de Glace is open day by day for excursions, beginning at $24.99-$29.99 (infants are free.) A go to to the Ice Bar is a spotlight of any tour so chances are you’ll wish to spring for the bundle that features a cocktail.

Cocktails are served in sq. glasses hewn from blocks of ice. A bit arduous to drink from however very cool trying, particularly for those who get one of many brightly coloured cocktails. I chosen a maple-flavored martini, as a result of in any case, we have been in Quebec — the highest maple syrup producer on the planet! Even the youngsters can take part with a glass of juice, they simply must drink it quick earlier than it freezes.

Even if you don't stay at the Ice Hotel, you can still visit and enjoy some cocktails in the Ice Bar | Quebec | Hotel de Glace
Having fun with cocktails within the Ice Bar
Even if you don't stay at the Ice Hotel, you can still visit and enjoy some cocktails in the Ice Bar | Quebec | Hotel de Glace
Lounge within the Ice Bar

Children and adults alike may even get pleasure from a journey on the ice slide, which lands you proper exterior the Ice Bar.

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Taking a journey on the ice slide

So inform me…would you sleep on ice?

Characteristic picture is courtesy of Philippe Renaud.

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