Ice Hotel de Glace opened on New Year’s Day in 2001. For its first year it was located in Montmorency Falls Park, which is on the outskirts of Quebec City. For its next year, it has been built nearby Duchesnay resort ever since.
Being the first ice hotel in North America, it is 5 km north of Quebec City, on the first slopes of the Laurentian mountains, in the Charlesbourg borough. The hotel is built each December for an opening date in early January. It has a four-month lifespan each year before being brought down in April. It takes about a month and a half to build with 60 workers. The hotel makes its own snow using a special mixture to adjust the humidity. It is built with metal frames, it is allowed to harden for a few days, and then the cranes are removed. The hotel is made of 15,000 tons of snow and 500,000 tons of ice and the walls are up to four feet thick.
The hotel had 22 beds when it first opened in 2000. In its last iteration it had 85 beds, all made of ice but lined with deer furs and covered with mattresses and Arctic sleeping bags. Only the bathrooms are heated and located in a separate insulated structure.
The Ice Hotel de Glace has been described as one of the 10 dream wedding locations.