(Photo: Montreal Snow Village)
Snow Village Canada, Montreal, Canada
Hotel de Glace might have a little competition this year, as Snow Village Canada opens about three hours down the St. Lawrence River, in Montreal. Located in the city's Parc Jean-Drapeau, this new frozen "village"—complete with restaurant, chapel, and outdoor recreation area—is the only ice village in the world reachable via metro, making it exceptionally convenient for visitors. The elaborate designs will showcase a new city each year. This year’s Snow Village is, not surprisingly, a replica of Montreal.
Rates are $195 CAD (about $191 USD) per person per night for a polar igloo (or $259 CAD for a standard room/$299 CAD for a prestige suite in the Ice Hotel). The closest major airport is Montreal-Trudeau. The village is a three-minute walk from the Parc Jean-Drapeau Metro station and is open from January 6 to March 31.