No matter how convenient it has become to simply pick up your smartphone or power-up your laptop and load your favourite online casinos, nothing really beats the bright lights and exciting atmosphere that can be experienced at one of Canada’s leading land-based casinos. Canada is home to an excellent collection of great gaming venues and stunning casino resorts that invite visitors to experience their own unique brand of casino entertainment.
Although many instances of gambling have been documented in Canada since the first settlers made landfall, it was only during the 1970’s when the Canadian Criminal Code was adjusted to make provisions for gambling and the introduction of gambling laws that regulated the industry, when it started to really take shape. More than a decade later, the first commercial casino opened its doors for business in Winnipeg in 1989 which was followed by the now iconic, Casino de Montréal, in 1993.
While Canada might not have as many casinos as their American neighbours, Canadian casinos more than make up for the lack of choice with their breathe-taking natural scenery or cosmopolitan city charm. One thing’s for sure, the leading Canadian land-based casinos offer both local and international visitors all the premium casino floors, elegant hotels, luxurious spas and upscale restaurants that you’d expect from any world class casino. In fact, some of Canada’s best casinos have become holiday destinations in their own right.
Some of the most distinguished and popular casinos that are worth a visit have been included in the list below:
Casino de Montréal
Arguably one of the biggest and most iconic casinos in Canada, Casino de Montréal was first established in 1993. Located in the province of Quebec, it offers visitors five elegantly appointed casino floors which houses more than 3,000 slot machines and 100 gaming tables. If you’re looking for some serious casino action, look no further than this. It offers its 18,000 daily visitors a choice selection poker tables, slot machines, craps, roulette and blackjack. It regularly hosts Texas Hold’em tournaments and poker events. Visitors who need to take a break and refuel can choose from four upscale restaurants that are available on site.
It’s hard to top any casino experience that involves breathe-taking views of one of the world’s natural wonders- the Niagara Falls. Built next to one of the most awe-inspiring waterfalls on the planet, Casino Niagara boasts 95,000 square feet of gaming space that is populated by more than 1,500 slots, 40 gaming tables, a separate sports section and the popular Poker Room which boasts 12 tables. Visitors can choose from a variety of restaurants, as well as enjoy a stand-up comedy performance or live music events during the weekend.
Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino
If you’re after a combination of thrilling casino action and luxurious pampering, Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino is a match made in heaven. It’s twin hotel towers house 758 guest rooms and suites, the renowned Esthetica Spa, state-of-the-art fitness centre, as well as a variety of restaurants, café’s, bars and lounges. The main casino floor offers an electric atmosphere filled with flashing lights and the sound of coins tumbling from slot machines. You’ll find gaming tables offering everything from roulette to blackjack, as well as a separate poker room with 14 tables. The Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino is also home to The Colosseum showroom which hosts headline acts and the Legends Sports Bar where visitors can get their sports betting fix satisfied.