Quebec’s Hotel de Glace, one of the most iconic tourist gems in Canada, has joined Valcartier Vacation Village, with the hotel’s founder and key artisans committed to staying with the hotel under the new arrangement.
Valcartier Vacation Village will invest significantly into the Hotel de Glace, injecting new life into this one-of-a-kind property, including additional restaurants, amenities, a spa, and exciting indoor/outdoor activities.
“Together we will push the Hotel de Glace concept even further and will pull out all the stops to open the site in time for the Christmas season,” said Valcartier Vacation Village CEO and Founder, Guy Drouin.
Guests at the Hotel de Glace can spend a wintery night in a fantastical 44-room, cathedral-ceilinged hotel built entirely of ice and snow each year from 4 January to 26 March, located just ten minutes from the historic French charm of Quebec City.
This is ephemeral work of art offers the ultimate in authentic igloo experiences, filled with crystalline ice sculptures and featuring comfortable beds sitting atop blocks of ice, with a wooden deck, thick fleece and foam mattress ensuring a cosy night’s sleep.
The acquisition of Hotel de Glace is part of the Valcartier Vacation Village’s $130 million expansion, including an enormous indoor waterpark, set to be the largest in North America, featuring 14 water slides, an adventure river, wave pool and double wave surf centre. Valcartier Vacation Village also features a 4 star hotel with 153 suites, restaurants and a luxury spa.
As the snow begins to fall in Quebec City, the historic township is transformed into a real Christmas village, straight out of a Charles Dickens novel, with centuries-old architecture glistening under vanilla snow, including the famous Château Frontenac – the world’s most photographed hotel.
Exhilarating outdoor adventure awaits for all ages, from ice-skating to dog-sledding and sleigh rides, culminating with the world’s largest winter celebration, the Quebec Winter Carnival, a 17-day festival that takes place in February each year.
Feel the excitement of the Carnival as canoes race across the ice-choked St. Lawrence River, watch artists compete in creating giant, fantastical snow sculptures, and stare in wonder as a dogsled race winds through the narrow, snowy streets of the Old City.