Oh Canada, oh Canada. Our neighbor to the North has a lot to offer when it comes to gaming destinations. Much like the Canadian accent compared to the American accent, its almost like our but with a little quirk added in.
Let’s dive in. You ready, ehh?
Overview of Gambling in Canadian Casinos
Canada legalized gambling in 1972. This opened the door for the construction and subsequent boom of land-based casinos in Canada and the players in the country.
The Canadian casinos have oversight and are licensed through the providences much like in the United States. The gambling age is set by the providences as well.
The Canadian casinos offer a unique combination of something got everyone. What one player considers their perfect casino might be another’s worst. And vice versa. There is a variety of casino floor size, hotel offerings, entertainment options, and shopping.
Let’s look at the 7 most popular gaming destinations in Canada
1. Fallsview Casino Resort – Niagara Falls, Ontario
Fallsview Casino Resort is a newer property that opened its doors in 2004. This is a great gaming destination because of its location right next to one of the 7 Wonders of the Worlds, Niagara Falls.
The Ontario Government contributed over $1 billion dollars to the construction and opening of Fallsview. The Ontario government has since payed into the local and national Canadian gambling industry because of the success of this casino resort.
The casino floor is massive, coming in at 200,000 square feet. You will find over 3,000 slot machines along with 100 gaming tables that host blackjack, baccarat, Poker, and roulette. In addition to the impressive gaming in the casino, the resort has a 374-room high end hotel and over 30,000square foot convention center.
Fallsview more than 20 dinning establishments featuring critically claimed chefs with fare spanning the globe. Clifton Hill Street, located just outside of the casino resort, has a variety of non-gambling offerings from museums and restaurants to keep your nongambling travel partner(s) entertained.
If this is a business trip, family vacation or a casino trip, there is something for everyone at Fallsviw Casino and Resort.
2. Casino de Montreal – Quebec
Casino de Montreal is he largest brick and mortar casino in Canada. The casino opened its doors in 13 and hosts over 18,000 players a day. The casino floor is 526,488 square feet spread over 5 floors.
Casino de Montreal has over 3,000 slot machines, 115 gaming tables and a Keno complex. There is something for every player and every bank account. The casino gaming tables offer poker, blackjack and other traditional table games.
The complex has 4 gourmet dining options that are revered for their cuisine. Casino de Montreal is one of the few casinos that has the gambling age at 18 years old. Most providences set the gambling age at 19. Ontario is one of the small providences that has lowered the official gambling age to 18 years old. The only other two Canadian providences that have a gambling (and drinking) age of 18 are Manitoba and Alberta.
The Casino de Montreal is convenient as it is located in one of the largest cities in Canada. There are a plethora of non-gambling attractions to see in Montreal. This is a gaming destination that will keep everyone entertained.
3. Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino – Ontario
This casino is located in Windsor Ontario on the other side of the Detroit River, making it as accessible casino for Canadian and Americas alike. The casino and hotel are also a short drive from the affluent population of Southwestern Ontario and Niagara Falls.
The casino’s close distance draws younger American players because of the gambling age is 19, as opposed to 21 in the United States.
The hotel part of Caesars Windsor is huge. The hotel offers guests 700 opulent rooms as well as a classic steakhouse in the hotel. The hotel in the complex is Canada’s only 4 diamond rated hotel and casino.
The 100,00 square feet of gaming space is known for its 14-table poker room as well as it more than 25 gaming tables. The casino is also home to almost 2,300 slot machines. The casino floor sees over 6 lion visitors a year from, the United States as well as international players and guests.
Caesars is famous for its music and entertainment acts. The venue in the casino hotel has such world-renowned acts as Billy Joel who hosted an invitation only performance to celebrate the reopening of the casino and hotel.
Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino is one the most high-end luxury casinos in Canada. It is easily accessed from the States as well as Southern Canada. This gaming establishment is a must on your list of casinos to visit.
4. Casino Rama – Ontario
Casino Rama is in Orillia, Ontario, is the original casinos in Canada. It has been host to many Canadian gamblers as well.
Casino Rama has been remodeled since it opened its door over 20 years ago. It isn’t known for being the largest gaming floor in Canada (by square footage) it still host over 2,500 slot machines and over 100 quality gaming tables, and a variety of dining options.
Obviously being one of the oldest continuous casinos in the country, this casino has had some high-profile names in their entertainment venue. In recent years Casino Rama has hosted Jerry Seinfeld as well as country music star, Carrie Underwood.
The Casino Rama is also home to a decadent hotel with luxury rooms. They’ve been at this a while and know what they are doing.
Interesting fact: Casino Rama is the only commercial First Nations (Canadian Native Peoples) casino in and the largest of all the First Nations Casinos, commercial or charitable.
5. Casino Niagara – Ontario
Casino Niagara is the last of the Ontario properties on this list Ontarians have quite a wide variety of casinos, don’t they?
Casino Niagara opened its doors in 1996 but has lost some its market share sine the opening of Fallview Casino in 2004. The casino floor a Casino Niagara is pretty large at 95,000 square feet. The casino floor offers 1,500 slots and more than 40 traditional gaming tables.
This casino is one of the few that offers a sportsbook in the casino. Some Canadian casinos don’t offer sports betting. This is one of the ways that Casino Niagara is special and shouldn’t be overlooked.
Casino Niagara seems to hold its ground as one of the best brick and mortar casinos in Canada because its stays with trusted methods and is consistent. Add it to your list, you won’t be disappointed.
6. Hard Rock Casino Vancouver – British Columbia
We have covered a lot of Eastern gaming destinations so far, let’s shift to the West. The stunning providence of British Columbia is home to the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver. This property is under the famed Hard Rock Casino brand that is best known to Americans for their Vegas offerings.
The casino is located just outside Vancouver in Coquitlam, British Columbia (BC). Its casino floor is 80,000 square feet that hosts over 1,000 slot machines, high-roller rooms, private tables, as well as 70 traditional gambling tables.
The Hard Rock Vancouver is known for its party atmosphere that we have come accustomed to in Vegas. They have more high quality and variety of restaurants than any other casino in Canada. They are also famous for their music venue that has seen more popular acts than I can count.
If you are heading to the providence of BC I highly recommend adding this gaming destination to your stay.
7. River Cree Resort and Casino – Alberta
The River Cree Resort and Casino is the first Native Peoples casino in Alberta. The casino opened its doors on October, 26th 2006. Almost 15 years later its is still flourishing.
The 62,000 square foot casino floor offers over 1,000 slot machines, a sportsbook, horse racing and 34 gaming tables.
The River resort and Casino was built to be a destination for gaming in Canada. The hotel accommodations include a 9 story, 255 room hotels called the Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort. The Resort features a swimming pool, 2 indoor ice hockey rinks and free parking.
The best feature of the River Cree Resort and Casino is the free membership program gamblers can join. Points are collected and redeemable at the gift shop. The more you play the mor you earn.
The River Cree resort and Casino is a great addition to you next visit to the beautiful area of Edmonton, Alberta.
Whew, we covered a lot. As you can see the gaming landscape in Canada is vibrant. You should plan a trip to our Northern Neighbors.
Like I opened with, they are just like us with their spin on gaming destinations.
I would love to hear your thoughts and questions. Please leave a comment below. Happy gambling.
Michael Stevens has been researching and writing topics involving the gambling industry for well over a decade now and is considered an expert on all things casino and sports betting. Michael has been writing for GamblingSites.org since early 2016. …