O, Canada! A country filled to the brim with people who are so incredibly polite, yet still manage to be the butt of almost every single joke. People who will go out of their way to do nice things for others, but still wind up being part of some of longest-running jokes on popular shows like How I Met Your Mother.
Canada has graced the world with Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, more than half of the NHL, maple syrup, and possibly the most delicious dish to have ever been invented: poutine. If you don’t know what poutine is, then from the bottom of my heart, I am so sorry. Please do yourself a service and immediately book a flight to Quebec, where this mouth-watering delicacy originates from, and find the nearest poutinerie to introduce yourself and your taste buds to a new world of ecstasy that you didn’t know could possibly exist.
Aside from poutine, Quebec also offers a yearly winter carnival from the end of January through the middle of February. Taking place this year from Jan. 28th – Feb. 14th, the Carnival boasts a spectacular ice palace which lights up once the sun goes down, a night parade, a snow sculpture competition, a dive into the snow in just your bathing suit, and dozens of other fun and unique activities that are perfect for a family vacation, a solo traveler, and everyone in between.
If Quebec is a destination you have been thinking “aboat” visiting, here is a list of some of the best places to stay when traveling to La Belle Province (The Beautiful Province).
Hôtel de Glace
Easily one of the most unique hotels in the world, the ice hotel in Quebec is sure to give you the experience of a lifetime. The hotel has walls of snow so thick that the temperature remains between 23 and 26 degrees Fahrenheit (between -3 and -5 degrees Celsius) no matter what the outside temperature is. All beds have a solid base of ice as well as a wooden bed spring topped off with a mattress covered with blankets and arctic sleeping bags made for sub-zero temperatures. If using the bathroom is something that concerns you, the Hôtel de Glace has got you covered. Guests have direct access to a heated bathroom. Additionally, they’ve created an information guide to tell you everything you need to know about how to dress for your stay. The hotel is only open from January-March so book while you can!
Beautiful, centrally located, has a 4 star rating on TripAdvisor, and did I mention beautiful? With views of horse-drawn carriages throughout the city, a dignified jazz bar, and a stylish restaurant decorated with photos of Quebec, the Clarendon is a hotel that will impress your friends and even your wallet too. When booking with LMT, you get exclusive discounts that you really can’t find anywhere else. Take the money you are saving and head just a few minutes down the street to the nearest Tim Hortons for some of their famous coffee and doughnuts!
Grand Times Hotel
Let’s cut to the chase. If you stay here for 2 nights and book through Last MinuteTravel, you get 15% off your stay as well as a free continental breakfast. The Grand Times Hotel is also centrally located, but has something else to offer that our previous two options do not: a pool! This will be great for those of you who fear facing the outside world as the temperatures steadily decrease.
What are you waiting for, eh? Pack your bags and come to Quebec already!