a “musher” or sled dog driver, looking a bit husky in his big coat.



sled dogs



in the surprisingly cozy bar



I’m not much of a drinker, but tried the hotel’s signature cider cocktail, in a glass made of ice, and found it delicious, almost impossible to put down.



In the chapel



Many of the rooms had amazing carvings on the walls. I didn’t meet anyone actually staying for the night. I overheard people discussing the possibility of renting rooms by the hour/hot sheet hotel, wondering if the room service would be glacial, etc. but no one actually planning on staying the night.



blocks of bluish ice



all the carvings were imaginative and well-done



My sister is impervious to cold. I cannot believe we’re related.












architecture, Canada, Frostbite, Quebec, Sculpture, Things to Do When Your Water Crystallizes on You, Uncategorized, Winter

Ice Hotel – – Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, Québec, Canada


11 thoughts on “Ice Hotel – – Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, Québec, Canada

  1. Possible frostbite? I should say! I love places like this. Not that I’d want to stay, mind you, but a visit? Absolutely. I have to say, even the ice carvings in the middle of punch bowls at fancy hotels intrigue me, so the thought of an entire hotel made of ice is the ne plus ultra of winter delights.

    Of course, down here in Texas we have ice houses, but that’s a different sort of establishment. Open doors, cold ice and beer, warm people, and easy conversation. No teeth chattering there!

    • Sounds like a great hangout, and I love the old Bel Air, too. Sometime I will get to Texas, and see a rodeo. I always see great old cars in Utah, too, in good shape, that would be rusted away here, because we have to salt the roads all winter.
      I like the idea of art that melts completely away, and then you can just go make something totally new. And if you screw up, you can just break it up and put it in your drink!

  2. I’ve always enjoyed ice carvings and, despite my claustrophobia, would enjoy hanging out in an ice cave some day…for a short time. So we can both enjoy the cooling effects of each other’s winter images in the middle of a July hot spell.

    • Ok it’s a deal, Steve. 🙂 For a long time, I thought of ice carvings only as decorations on a banquet table, or sometimes a guy with a chainsaw and a big block of ice, would be part of the entertainment at a winter festival, but these folks in Quebec have developed real artistry! And also it’s just kind of fun.

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