Monday, February 14, 2011

Ice Hotel is one of Canada’s hottest attractions

Canada - A winter wonderland on the outskirts of Quebec City has become one of Canada’s hottest attractions and most sought out accommodations. Guests huddle for warmth in sleeping bags on beds of ice, bonnets pulled over their ears to prevent frostbite, while sipping cocktails in glasses also made of ice. Average temperatures fall below minus 20 degrees C. (-4 F.) in winter, but inside the hotel’s 36 rooms it is relatively cozy. Thick walls of packed snow and ice act as an insulator, trapping body heat inside. It is a building method conceived by Inuit who built igloos in the Canadian Arctic and Greenland out of blocks of snow in the winter. First-time guests of the hotel, however, are recommended to stay only one night as sleeping in sub-zero temperatures is not very refreshing. More…

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