With all the talk of William and Kate’s recent visit to Canada, I thought I would write about my experiences of this vast and vibrant country. I visited the region of Quebec in winter and absolutely loved it so here are some of the highlights during my Canadian Amaze Me Days.
The spa was impressive – even for someone like me who gets bored with spas quite quickly, it was a very difficult place to leave! I think it was because there was so much to do – the very large outdoor jacuzzis, the two different saunas – one with a picture window overlooking the frozen lake and snowy forests, the indoor pool, the ice cold plunge pool and of course the many treatments available. I left this place wanting to book straight back in – I will definitely be back for more.
Chill Out in the Ice Bar
If you ever get the chance to visit a hotel made of ice and snow – take it, as these places are amazing in the way they are constructed each Winter then allowed to melt away in the Spring to make way for another design the following year.
The Hotel de Glace is situated on the outskirts of Quebec City and you can either stay there for the night or just go for a visit where you can look at all the rooms, have a go on the interior ice slide (where there are more adults clambering for a go than children) then finish up in the ice bar for a drink. I have been fortunate enough to visit several ice bars in several countries but for me, this was the best as it actually felt like a bar and had a really good atmosphere.
They even have real fires encased in toughened glass which look really bizarre in a place made completely of ice and snow – they do make you feel warmer (psycologically of course). I recommend the ice cider as it is a local tipple which tastes lovely when chilled which is just as well as it is served in a glass made of ice.
Down the Tubes…..
This was my first time tubing where you sit in a tyre and slide down the many runs of the snow park. Each run is graded as a ski run would be so easy blue, challenging red and leave your brains at the top black. This was a fantastic day out and great fun in the snow for everyone.
This is me at the top of one of the black runs called Himalaya – I did scream on the way down as you start to spin and you can’t see where you are going but I loved it and it did give you a buzz similar to when you are skiing.
The hotel is also a very large shop where all the items on display within the hotel are for sale. So whether you see an ornament in the foyer, a picture on the wall of the restaurant or a chair in your bedroom, you just need to contact reception for a price and you could be walking away with a piece of the hotel as a souvenir!
Want to know more?
Stay at the Sacacomie Lodge – click here
Chill Out in the Ice Bar – click here
Down the Tubes at Valcartier – click here