Winter always comes with a mixed bag of emotions. Dealing with but with so many winter sports and seasonal festivals, we all develop a love-hate relationship with the snowy months. Among the countless outdoor activities, a classic seasonal spot in Quebec attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors and tourists by its beauty and originality:
This hotel is definitely unique because, you guessed it, it is entirely built of ice.
If a literal ice castle isn't exciting enough, this year is even more special. The located in Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier opened its doors earlier than usual for 2020 to mark its 20th anniversary.
While everything won't be formally completed on January 23, some of the 42 themed rooms and suites are ready now, and you can already visit them.
Don't expect just an average visit though, from what's already been revealed of the icy wonder, the hotel is worthy of a Disney princess.
Specifically, this hotel is giving us vibes of one particular animated royal. You guessed it, Frozen's Queen Elsa's. It's impossible not to want to sing "Let it Goooo" at the top of your lungs when seeing the ice hotel.
It has a main entrance, a chapel, a large hall, an ice bar, and will have 42 themed rooms and suites, all remarkably made of ice.
You can even indulge in a drink in a glass made of 100% ice.
There is also a Nordic relaxation area including spas and sauna under the stars. This space is open from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. the next morning.
While the hotel is already open to guests, it will hold a grand inaugural event to kick off the season on January 17.
What's more fitting of a Disney princess than a grand inaugural ball?
For the occasion, there will be a musical performance by 2Frères, fireworks, entertainment, a DJ and a circus performance.
Ice Hotel 2020
Cost: Packages start at $ 399 to sleep there, but you can visit it with packages starting at $ 23.99.
When: From January 2 to March 21, 2020
Address: 1860, boul. Valcartier, Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, QC.
Why you should go: To visit a completely magical place during the short time it is available.