In Preparation For
A Purely Sensational Winter Experience!
Very soon you will live the peak winter experience of a night at the Ice Hotel Québec-Canada.
To ensure you are well prepared, following you will find the essential information for your stay .
Dress Well, Have Fun!
During winter, in Quebec, the outside temperatures can vary between -25 o C degrees Celsius (13 o F) in February to 5 o C (41 o F) in March. Appropriate clothing is recommended.
Follow the three-layer technique:
Inner Layer: The inner layer should be a set of thermal underwear in synthetics, wool or a woollen/synthetic mixture that can transport humidity away from the skin. Pure cotton should be avoided since cotton clothing cools down when it becomes wet.
Middle Layer: The middle layer should strengthen and regulate the heat insulation, isolate air , and hold the humidity from the body (ie. woollen sweater/shirt, fleece, or thermal sweater).
Outer Layer: The outer layer should primarily protect against wind and moisture together with the other layers. For example a ski jacket and ski pants . It is suggested that during the night, guests should not to be overly dressed. Too many clothes will create excess warmth causing perspiration. Humidity will then form from which will make one feel cold. Before heading to bed, it is important to change into dry clothes, made of synthetic fibres and not cotton .
Hats, Gloves, Boots : A proper hat restricts the great heat losses of the head . A hat should also protect ears and neck. Gloves should give good protection to the hands, while also providing mobility and sensitivity. Boots should protect against moisture as well as the cold ground and should be larger than a normal shoe, in order to leave space for socks and soles, and to have an insulating layer of air in the boots !
Sleeping on Ice ?
| A comfortable bed is waiting for you. The hotel and its furniture are entirely made of snow and ice, and the beds are too, but there is more! Blocks of ice form the base, followed by a solid wood box-frame that provides the initial separation from the ice, a thick foam mattress covered by a fleece sheet, as well as thick wool blanket to complete the bed . When the evening arrives, a warm and soft sleeping bag will be delivered to your room. These sleeping bags can resist against temperatures as low as -30 Co (-22 o F).There is no need to worry because the ambient temperature in the rooms remain between -3 o C (26,6 o F) and -5 o C (23 o F), despite colder temperatures outside the walls of the Hotel.
Your night at the Ice Hotel
You are welcome to arrive anytime in the day. Please present yourself at the Ice Hotel pavilion La Régie to check-in (preferably between 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm). Please check-in at the Ice Hotel first, even if you begin your stay at Station Duchesnay. In the evening, you will have access to your room from 9PM to 8AM the next morning.
There is free parking situated in close proximity to the check-in pavilion or the guest's pavilion.
Guests pavilion and information session
Upon arrival, a schedule of the evening information sessions will be available at pavilion L'Aigle to give you details for your stay at the Ice Hotel. In that same pavilion, an employee is always available 24h/day to answer your questions and help you.
There are two services available for evening meals, one at 6pm and one at 8:30pm. A reservation can be made for you upon your arrival, depending on availability. Buffet breakfast in the morning is available from 7:00 to 9:30 AM. Lunches are served between 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM.
We keep your luggage in the interior of our guests pavilion in order to avoid the humidity and the cold from damaging your clothing. A locker will be assigned to you for the duration of your stay at the Ice Hotel. Sanitary facilities (showers, sinks, and bathrooms) are found in this pavilion also.
Nordic-Style relaxation space
There are restrooms/dressing rooms located in the Ice Hotel which are heated, lit, sanitary facilities available at all hours of the day.and night. Within these dressing rooms you will find change rooms which will allow you to prepare for a relaxing dip in our Nordic-style hot tubs and sauna. We provide towels and bathrobes, but please remember your bathing suit !
In the morning
To help you greet the day, a hot beverage will be available at the guests pavilion, where you will meet other guests and write a small note of your experience in our guestbook.
For all other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:
T: (418) 875-4522 Toll Free CAN-USA: 1-877-505-0423
We look forward to welcoming you to the Ice Hotel Quebec - Canada !