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24 Hours in Quebec City

Quebec City

I decided to visit Quebec city during the Carnaval . I am from the province of Quebec and embarrassed to admit it, I have never seen it. It turned out, I may have needed more than 24 hours, oh well I missed the Carnaval. There is always next year!

The reason being is how much fun I had in Valcartier Village. It is approximately 25 minutes drive from Quebec City. I was surprised no shuttle buses are available and the only way to get there is by taxi. The cab fare will be a little over 60$ . I know it is quite high , this is why I don’t understand what Quebec City is waiting for shuttle bus.

Village Valcartier

For the longest time , I always wanted to visit the Ice Hotel or Hôtel de Glace in French, in Valcartier Village .Can you believe this hotel has reached the top 5 Ice Hotels of the World? We are amongst the top with Finland, Sweden and Norway. So why is that?

Quebec Ice Hotel
Quebec Ice Hotel

Upon entering the Ice Hotel, I immediately fell into a moment of a glorified era of the Ice Age . It was so magical I almost forgot I was in my own Province of Quebec . Sculpted art commanded every room of the hotel colouring it with dashes of colourful lights.

Sculpted Art Pieces in Ice Hotel
Sculpted Art Pieces in Ice Hotel

You are immediately in a moment of jovial awe ,like a child experiencing 1st Santa Claus sighting! Stopping at the chapel with fur covered pews for the group worshippers was just a genius , creative concept . Imagine adding some pipe organ music ? It would have blown me away !!!

Fur Covered Pews in Chapel
Fur Covered Pews in Chapel
Glaring in the Chapel
Glaring in the Chapel

Every step, every walk was like eating chocolate from a chocolate box; each one was a surprise but getting better and better. Don’t forget to stop at the bar and pick up a drink . Yes you got it, it is served in an ice glass!

Cocktail Drink in an Ice Glass
Cocktail Drink in an Ice Glass

Can you get better than this?

People around the world cannot fathom how we Canadians deal with -25c cold. We must admit, we don’t love it but we are so used to it, like a long time married couple.

Hotel Details

What I loved about the Ice Hotel were the details. Yes it can get cold and why not add a fireplace section to warm your hands . Why not add a sliding area for the children and the adults as well. Adding French folk music to add extra ambiance was a sure way to make my friend and I to sing and dance as 2 silly girls.

Warming up at the Fireplace
Warming up at the Fireplace
Restaurant area  in Valcartier
Restaurant area in Valcartier

This magical place is a must when visiting Quebec. You can also stay overnight but the prices can be a little steep. But if you just want a tour of the Ice Hotel there are day passes to purchase for a low as 20.99$ .

Come visit Quebec especially during the winter to understand how we really experience our polar winters.

I was given a complimentary VIP Pass to visit Valcartier as usual all opinions are my own.

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