Montreal home to a Snow Village

Officially opened on January 19, Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau now has an ice hotel, ice restaurant and bar, a maze, snow tubing and much more.

<> on January 23, 2011 in Brixen im Thale, Austria.

Parc Jean-Drapeau has been transformed into a huge Snow Village with a unique hotel experience, a gastronomic adventure and a hub for cultural, sports and family activities as well as various entertainment. The grand opening was on January 19, 2011 and it will remain open until March 31, 2011.

The intricately designed village is made entirely of ice and snow, sculpted in a way that will enchant young and old alike. Visitors have the opportunity to spend a night in one of 30 rooms in the Ice Hotel, Polar Igloo or Prestige Suites. The temperature in the rooms won’t exceed five degrees celsius and each one will be equipped with polar sleeping bags and thermal mattresses that can withstand Montreal's harshest conditions.

Apart from the hotel, the Snow Village has five igloos, a 60-seat Ice Restaurant with a gourmet Nordic menu, and 250-seat Ice Bar with a terrace, a chapel for weddings, a maze, and slides that the whole family will enjoy. This new village also has reproductions of Montreal monuments that will make each visitor feel right at home.

It is open from Sunday to Wednesday, 9 a.m. to midnight and Thursday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. Rates for hotel reservation are $195 per person for a Polar Igloo, $259 per person for a standard room, and $299 per person for a prestige suite.

Admission to the Snow Village is free for children under 5, $8.50 for those between 6 and 12, $15 for students and seniors, $17 for adults, and $40 for a family pass of two adults and three children.

For more information, call (514) 788-2181 or visit http://www.snowvillagecanada.com/