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Ice Hotel, Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, Québec 

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143 Route Duchesnay
Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier , Québec
Canada G0A 3M0
Tel: 418 875 4522
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Ever dreamed about staying in Superman's Fortress of Solitude? Well, Québec's Ice Hotel, with intricate columns and architectural details (including chandeliers) all hewn from the cold stuff, is pretty close. But before you decide to actually spend the night, think carefully: This was the first-ever ice hotel (there are similar, independent outfits in Sweden and Iceland), and the experience, while novel, is also uncomfortable. Have too many vodkas out of those made-from-ice glasses, and you'll find yourself waking up in the middle of night and making the bitterly cold dash to the heated bathroom, located in another building. (Your bed, too, is made of ice, though it's covered by a pad and fur blanket.) , the 36 rooms and suites hover in the mid-20s; guests are supplied with mummy-style sleeping bags. If you're up to the chilly challenge, best make plans for only one night. Otherwise, why not just stop in during the day for a look— it's just 30 minutes west of downtown Québec City— and then return to your own (heated) room in town. Tours are available between 10:30 and 4:40 for $15 a person.

Open January through April.

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