SAINT-GABRIEL-DE-VALCARTIER, December 10, 2019 - The Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel) is pulling out all the stops to mark its 20th anniversary, with a very special edition held under the theme, “20 Years of Magic.” “Through an overview of the past 20 years at Hôtel de Glace, visitors are invited to relive the best moments of this world-famous winter attraction,” says Sylvain Lauzon, president and chief operating officer at Calypso-Valcartier Group.
“The Hôtel de Glace 2020 offers the best of each past edition,” explain Lauzon. “We wanted to pay tribute to the best moments from the past 20 years, but also try something new by giving our artists even more creative freedom.”
The 2020 edition of Hôtel de Glace promises to impress visitors from every continent who come to marvel at the stunning and ever-so-grandiose masterpiece. With its 20 themed suites commemorating 20 years of magic, the Hôtel de Glace is sure to offer guests a breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime winter experience.
Québec City takes centre stage
With the support of Québec City Tourism, artists have paid tribute to the Greater Québec City area—where the Hôtel de Glace has been located since its very beginning—by creating a vast recreational space, the Fun Zone. It plans to dazzle its visitors with a swirl of lights on ice, an enchanted forest, and a snow sculpture of the Saint-Louis gate. Throughout the Hôtel de Glace, and even in some of the rooms, guests can enjoy sculptures and artworks that evoke the beauty of our region.
“Already 20 years of innovation, beauty and eye-catching splendour at the Hôtel de Glace! By all means, this calls for a big celebration, and here at Québec City Tourism, we’re proud to partner with Valcartier Vacation Village for this milestone event centred around the Québec City area and its winter wonderland. The Hôtel de Glace, an iconic, stand-alone attraction for our beautiful destination, has put us on the map, attracting visitors from all over the world, not to mention that it perfectly embodies winter in all its magical splendour. We encourage Greater Québec City area residents to rediscover the Hôtel de Glace and invite visitors to fully immerse themselves in this Nordic experience,” says Benoît Pigeon, director at Québec City Tourism.
Every year, about 100,000 visitors come to experience and enjoy North America’s one and only ice hotel. Over the past 20 years, nearly two million tours and close to 70,000 overnight stays have warmed the Hôtel de Glace walls.
Celebrating a milestone
To mark its 20 years, the Hôtel de Glace will come alive to host a number of activities and events scheduled throughout the season. Between late December and March 29, 2020, visitors can celebrate this anniversary edition with a tour of the themed suites, ice bar, and ice chapel.
As of 7:00 p.m. on January 17, everyone is invited to attend the Desjardins Grand Opening Night featuring an outdoor performance by the popular music band 2Frères. At around 9:00 p.m., visitors onsite can feast their eyes and ears on the impressive firework show to kick off the 20th season of Hôtel de Glace.
Among the many activities to include on your winter calendar this year, make sure to pencil in a story-time visit with Bonhomme Carnaval on January 24, Singles Night on February 14, and Arctic Spas’ spring awakening, a family-friendly activity to be held on the last weekend of the season, March 28 and 29.
Details of these events and a number of others will be announced on both the Hôtel de Glace and Valcartier Vacation Village social media platforms.
Winter’s finally here in Valcartier!
The winter season kicks off this Saturday, December 14, at Valcartier Vacation Village. Children and adults are in for a real treat with the snow slides and skateway, while Bora Parc’s indoor water park offers visitors the one and only year-long tropical experience in eastern Canada.