That is right an ice hotel. Would you want to sleep in an ice hotel? I know I would. I think it would be fabulous. Quebec has the first ice hotel in North America. I hear it is a sight to behold. I have seen it on TV but I would love to go and stay overnight, it has to be even nicer than on television.
You can travel directly by train from Montreal to Quebec and sleep on an ice bed and love it!
Now for people outside of Montreal looking for a vacation to remember, there is this wonderful 5 nights/ 6 days vacation package run by CanadaYourWay.com
You have to check out the pictures of the Ice Hotel on this site.
In a nutshell you get:
a fun filled activity package
a guided tour of the Ice Palace,
a dog sled ride,
a romantic horse and carriage ride through Quebec City
a dinner at Auberge Saint-Gabriel restaurant in Old Montreal
a wonderful traditional Quebec dinner at Aux Anciens Canadiens in Old Quebec City
An authentic Quebec dinner at Aux Anciens Canadiens in Old Quebec City
But we donÂ’t stop there, as you will also get a Montreal museum pass, which includes admission to 30 major Montreal museums, tourist attractions, and public transit.
LetÂ’s start from the beginning of the trip and work our way through it. You will be picked up by private sedan from the Montreal Trudeau International airport.
You will be driven to one of the hotels for an overnight stay, depending on the package you took.
Delta Hotel Â– moderate package
InterContinental Montreal Â– superior room Â– superior package
InterContinental Montreal Â– deluxe package, which includes the Club Room featuring a continental breakfast, afternoon tea & cookies, and cocktails (local beer or house wine) with hors d'oeuvres.
On day 2 you get to use the wonderful museum pass and explore the city and attractions such as the: Planetarium and Science Centre, the Biodome, the botanical gardens, and Insectarium.
After your dayÂ’s activity you will dine at the Auberge Saint-Gabrielle located in MontrealÂ’s famous old Montreal sector of the city. The Auberge meaning Inn, offers the better of two worlds where Europe and North America meet through European French and Quebec French Canadian fine cuisine. You will get to view the wonderful wine cellar before making your selection. Auberge Saint-Gabrielle is one of the oldest hotels in North America.
This pass is good for three days
The morning of day three is reserved for finishing your visit in Montreal, then in the afternoon it is time for the private sedan ride to the train station where you continue your trip to Quebec City and the famous Ice Hotel.
Once you get to the train station in Montreal you will relax in the Panorama Lounge reading newspapers and drinking complementary juices or coffee while you wait for your train to depart.
The train trip will travel from Montreal to Ste Foy and then on to Quebec City. Your first class pass allows you to a meal and access to the passenger lounge. Once the train arrives you do not have to worry about finding your way. A sedan will take you right to the Ice Hotel, which is 25 minutes northwest of Quebec City in Station touristique Duchesnay, on the shores of St. Joseph River.
The Ice Hotel
The Ice Hotel is actually made of ice and snow and I guarantee you wonÂ’t need an air conditioner here. It is cool or cold depending on how you look at it with a temperature of 23 to 28 Fahrenheit. Remember though, you are in a hotel made of Ice so you cannot expect it to be hot! The hotel has the latest in technology, fiber optics, fireplaces and beautiful candlelight to cast a warm romantic glow to the rooms thus allowing you to bask in comfort.
You will start with a tour of the hotel visiting the magnificent ice sculptures and ice columns, and ice chandelier. You will have to wonder is this real or are you dreaming for it is so beautiful. At the end of the tour you will get to have a drink from an ice sculptured glass in the ice bar of course!
Are you hooked yet? Well this is just the beginning for afterwards you will enjoy a scrumptious meal, visit the museums, watch movies at the cinema, enjoy a cocktails at Absolut Ice Bar, dance at the N'ice Club, or if you prefer relax under the stars in the hot tubs or saunas.
Again the room size an amenities depend upon the package you took. The Deluxe package will include a fireplace in your suite.
On day four you are in for some winter activity fun. It starts with dog sledding. You will visit the kennels and get some pointers from the trainers about the dogs and what you need to know on the husky run.
The rest of the day you will enjoy outdoor activities in Dushenay such as snowshoeing, cross country skiing, skating, and activities at the interpretation centre. You will sleep that evening in one of the three lodges at the center.
Day 5 brings with it the excitement of Quebec City. The sedan will take you to Quebec City in the morning. You will have a two hour tour along the narrow streets of Quebec City, one of North AmericaÂ’s oldest cities. You will see history unfold before your very eyes. You will visit the plains of Abraham where the famous battle of Quebec was fought. You will see the mighty St. Lawrence River, which is one of the longest rivers in the world, and you see the Parliament buildings. The rest of the day is left for you to visit the city at your own pace and do the things you want to do.
In the evening you will take a 40 minute horse ride (caleche) with bilingual drivers, and then dine at the Aux Anciens Canadiens build in 1678 to again enjoy sample French Canadian cuisine.
You will sleep in the world famous Chateau Laurier or Chateau Frontenac depending upon the package you choose.
Day 6 is unfortunately the day you must go home. You will be taken by sedan to the Quebec City airport or you can choose to go back by via rail, the same way as you came.
If you are considering this trip of a lifetime, please check out the site.