On the Road: Ice Hotel is Prime Quebec City Attraction

Updated: 11/18/2013 5:23 PM KSTP.com By: Jason Davis

Quebec City, Canada is about a five-hour flight from the Twin Cities, and it offers a taste of France - without a trip to Europe.

It was first settled by French fur traders in 1608 who carved its streets into the steep cliff overlooking a majestic view of the St. Lawrence River.

Today, it is the only walled city left in North America, a formidable stone fort built by the British still separates Upper Town from Lower Town.

On the Road host Jason Davis traveled to Quebec City to find out how the community celebrates winter. They have more than their share of snow, and like Minnesotans, these French Canadians know how to have fun. It all begins as soon as it gets cold as ice.

The star of the festivities every year is the Ice Hotel. It takes 12,000 tons of snow and 400 tons of ice to create the building, which is one of the hottest tourist destinations in the world. While the main structure of the ice hotel is snow, sometimes up to 6-feet thick, everything else - the furniture, the tall supporting columns, the decorations and even the chandeliers - is made of ice.

Jeff Wright and Monica Seguin had been dating for six years, and decided the time was right to get married. Most brides dream of a warm, sunny day for their wedding, but not Monica. She dreamt of a white, winter wedding, and the Ice Hotel’s chapel fits the picture perfectly.

The ice hotel and many other attractions are all part of the winter extravaganza. When it’s 20 degrees below zero, we’re not sure if people are jumping up and down to the beat of the music or just to keep warm. Maybe it’s a little bit of both.