Chill in one of the coolest hotels in Canada! In the heat of the summer it's only natural you start dreaming of original ways to cool down. Check out our Passport To Summer contest, which includes $15,000 worth of prizes, of which the grand prize is a fabulous trip to Quebec City. The winner (a family of four) gets a night in the coolest hotel in North America: Hôtel de Glace, otherwise known as the Ice Hotel, during the popular Quebec Winter Carnival. Now is the time to start dreaming about that winter get-away to Quebec City. Frosty factoid: guests at Hôtel de Glace choose from 44 rooms and theme suites. Plus, there's an ice bar that holds 400 people, plus an ornately-carved ice chapel. Frosty factoid: 500 tonnes of ice and 30,000 tonnes of snow are used to create the only ice hotel in North America Frosty factoid: One of the most popular draws of the Ice Hotel is the Nordic area complete with hot tubs. Where else can you enjoy a relaxing sauna under the evening stars in the depths of winter? Frosty factoid: Hotel de Glace is the perfect accommodation for a one-of-a-kind hotel experience and it's just minutes from the charming old town of Vieux Quebec.
(Bottom photo of exterior of Hotel de Glace courtesy of photographer @ Renaud Philippe)Frosty factoids: The actual construction of Hotel de Glace begins in early December. It takes an enthusiastic team of 50 sculptors and other experts about six weeks, working day and night, to build, sculpt, refine and complete this one-of-a-kind dream experience for visitors. The team 'creates' night tables, chairs, ornate bars, beds and other accessories out of ice and specially-created snow that's made on site with snow blowers once the temperature drops to minus 5 Celsius. Frosty factoid: More than 1,000,000 visitors from around the world have toured the Hôtel de Glace since it opened in 2001. Of those, 35,000 people have chosen to spend the night in the Ice Hotel. Wouldn't you like to be one of them? Enter our Passport To Summer contest to win the Grand Prize trip to Quebec City. during Winter Carnival which includes a night in the Ice Hotel, plus two nights in the beautifully-restored Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac and many other activities. You can, of course, make your reservations anytime. Visit www.hoteldeglace-canada.com.