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Canada: No need for an ice bucket at this Quebec City hotel

November 07, 2012|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • The entrance to last year's Ice Hotel near Quebec City. The new one goes up in January.
The entrance to last year's Ice Hotel near Quebec City. The new one… ( )

Ice hotels are quirky subfreezing structures. They feature elaborate ice sculptures, ice beds and usually an ice bar. The first one was built in 1991, about 125 miles north of the Arctic Circle in a village in Sweden's Lapland, and it has been re-created every year since. But you don't have to go that far for a little cold comfort.

The Ice Hotel, or Hotel de Glace, in Canada's Quebec City, about 10 minutes from downtown, has 32 rooms and suites (some with fireplaces, which seems like cheating). It's one of the places on the itinerary of Kensington Tours' five-day visit to the provincial capital during its coldest months.

Just one night is spent at the Ice Hotel on this customized tour; the rest are spent in one of the city's top luxury hotels, the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. The tour also includes a dog-sledding adventure, a horse-drawn carriage ride in the city and a walking tour too.

When: Tours depart on dates from Jan. 1 to March 25.

Price: $1,995 per person, double occupancy. It includes a walking tour of Old Quebec, horse-drawn carriage ride, half a day of dog-sledding, lodging for four nights, airport transfers and some meals. Airfare to and from Quebec City is extra.

Contact: Kensington Tours, (888) 903-2001

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