List of Casinos in Alberta
There are 28 licensed casinos in Alberta. Evergreen Park and Bully's only have slot machines or VLTs, Century Downs only has slots and electronic Roulette, and Century Mile has slots and other electronic table games. The remaining 24 casinos all have some live tables.
Casinos in Alberta are regulated by the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (AGLC) and is governed by the The Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act and the Regulation of the same name. In Alberta, the legal gambling age is 18, the same as the legal drinking age.
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|Century Downs Racetrack and Casino**||Calgary (Balzac)||Alberta|
|Century Casino Calgary||Calgary||Alberta|
|Deerfoot Inn and Casino||Calgary||Alberta|
|Elbow River Casino||Calgary||Alberta|
|Grey Eagle Resort and Casino||Calgary||Alberta|
|Camrose Resort Casino||Camrose||Alberta|
|Casino Dene||Cold Lake||Alberta|
|Century Casino Edmonton||Edmonton||Alberta|
|Century Mile Racetrack and Casino**||Edmonton||Alberta|
|Grand Villa Casino||Edmonton||Alberta|
|River Cree Resort & Casino||Edmonton (Enoch)||Alberta|
|Boomtown Casino||Fort McMurray||Alberta|
|Evergreen Park Racetrack and Casino*||Grande Prarie||Alberta|
|Great Northern Casino||Grande Prarie||Alberta|
|Bully's (Rocky Mountain Turf Club)*||Lethbridge||Alberta|
|Cooper Coulee Casino||Medicine Hat||Alberta|
|Stoney Nakoda Resort Casino||Morley, Kananaskis||Alberta|
|Cash Casino||Red Deer||Alberta|
|Jackpot Casino||Red Deer||Alberta|
|Century Casino St. Albert||St. Albert||Alberta|
|Eagle River Casino||Whitecourt||Alberta|
List of Casinos in BC
There are 34 licensed casinos in BC plus three Bingo halls. Only 18 of these establishments are full fledged casinos in that they have live tables in addition to slots and electronic table games. The Chances branded casinos are generally slots and bingo only with Chances Abbotsford, Castelgar, Campbell River, Courtenay, and Kelowna also having electronic blackjack. Chances Fort St. John is the lone exception in that it also has live table games. The remaining casinos listed here all have a variety of live dealer table games.
Casinos in BC are regulated by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) and are governed by the Gaming Control Act. In BC, the legal gambling age is 19.
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Casinos in Greater Vancouver
|Cascades Casino Resort Langley||Langley||British Columbia|
|Hastings Racecourse*||Vancouver||British Columbia|
|Edgewater Casino (Closed Sep 2017)||Vancouver||British Columbia|
|Elements Casino Surrey||Surrey||British Columbia|
|Grand Villa Casino||Burnaby||British Columbia|
|Hard Rock Casino||Coquitlam||British Columbia|
|Parc Vancouver Resort||Vancouver||British Columbia|
|River Rock Casino Resort||Richmond||British Columbia|
|Starlight Casino||New Westminster||British Columbia|
Casinos in the Rest of BC
|Chances Abbotsford***||Abbotsford||British Columbia|
|Chances Playtime Campbell River***||Campbell River||British Columbia|
|Chances Castlegar***||Castlegar||British Columbia|
|Elements Casino Chilliwack||Chilliwack||British Columbia|
|Chances Courtenay***||Courtenay||British Columbia|
|Chances Dawson Creek*||Dawson Creek||British Columbia|
|Chances Cowichan*||Duncan||British Columbia|
|Cascades Casino Kamloops||Kamloops||British Columbia|
|Chances Fort St. John||Fort St. John||British Columbia|
|Chances Kamloops*||Kamloops||British Columbia|
|Chances Casino Kelowna***||Kelowna||British Columbia|
|Playtime Casino||Kelowna||British Columbia|
|Chances Maple Ridge*||Maple Ridge||British Columbia|
|Chances Mission*||Mission||British Columbia|
|Casino Nanaimo||Nanaimo||British Columbia|
|Billy Barker Casino Hotel||Quesnel||British Columbia|
|Cascades Casino Penticton||Penticton||British Columbia|
|Chances RimRock*||Port Alberni||British Columbia|
|St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino||Prince George||British Columbia|
|Treasure Cove Casino||Prince George||British Columbia|
|Chances Prince Rupert*||Prince Rupert||British Columbia|
|Chances Salmon Arm*||Salmon Arm||British Columbia|
|Chances Squamish*||Squamish||British Columbia|
|Chances Terrace*||Terrace||British Columbia|
|Lake City Casino||Vernon||British Columbia|
|Elements Casino Victoria||Victoria||British Columbia|
|Chances Signal Point*||Williams Lake||British Columbia|
List of Casinos in Manitoba
There are 5 licensed casinos in Manitoba with table games leaving just the Assiniboia Downs Racetrack as the sole casino with only slots/VLTs. Aseneskak brands themselves as "The Best Little Casino in Canada" but do have live dealer blackjack tables, Let it Ride and poker tournaments, thus meeting the criteria of a full fledged casino in our eyes.
Casinos in Manitoba are run by the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba (LGCA) and is legislated by the The Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Act of 2018. This Act brought within its umbrella a number of previous Acts. The legal age for gambling in Manitoba is 18 and thus it is also the minimum age to be able to enter a casino.
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|Sand Hills Casino||Carberry||Manitoba|
|South Beach Casino||Scanterbury||Manitoba|
|Assiniboia Downs Horse Racing Track*||Winnipeg||Manitoba|
|Club Regent Casino||Winnipeg||Manitoba|
|McPhillips Street Station Casino||Winnipeg||Manitoba|
List of Casinos in New Brunswick
Casino NB is the only full service casino in New Brunswick with live dealer tables whereas Grey Rock is limited to electronic blackjack and roulette along with 200 slots. Casinos in New Brunswick fall under the jurisdiction of the New Brunswick Lotteries and Gaming Corporation (NBLGC) and are regulated by the Casino Chapter of the Gaming Control Act of 2008. The Gaming, Liquor and Security Licensing Branch is responsible for the regulations and licensing. The legal gambling age in NB is 19, as in all cases across Canada, is the same as the legal drinking age.
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List of Casinos in Nova Scotia
The two casinos in Nova Scotia are run by the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation and are full service casinos. The Gaming Control Act gives the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation the jurisdiction over gambling in the province. The legal age for gambling in Nova Scotia is 19.
List of Casinos in Ontario
There are currently 28 licensed casinos in Ontario with Pickering Casino Resort due to open sometime this year to make it 29. All but five of the casinos have live dealer table games making the total of full service casinos 23.
Casinos in Ontario are overseen by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) under the authority given by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation Act. The legal age for gambling in Ontario is 19, the same as the legal drinking age.
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List of Casinos in Toronto (GTA)
The following list of casinos in Toronto encompasses the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) which includes the Durham, Halton, Peel and York regions in addition to the City of Toronto. There are currently 4 casinos in Toronto with the opening of the Pickering casino delayed due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Casino Ajax does not have live dealer tables but does have electronic tables and slots. Casino Woodbine is currently undergoing a massive extension that is due to be completed by 2022. Of note, the OLG website lists Casino Rama as part of the GTA even though Simcoe County is not part of Greater Toronto. It is certainly close enough to easily reach from the city unless it is a long weekend, in which case it might as well be in Nunavut. Innisville, likewise, doesn't quite make the cut.
|Elements Casino Mohawk||Milton||Ontario|
|Great Blue Heron Casino||Port Perry||Ontario|
|Pickering Casino Resort (Originally slated for opening early 2020)||Pickering||Ontario|
Casinos in the Rest of Ontario
By no means are we insinuating that the casinos in the rest of the province are less important. We are just grouping the casinos to make it easier for people searching for casinos in their area or the destination they would like to visit. For those looking for more casinos in Toronto, there are a few listed below that are easily accessible by drive from Toronto including Casino Rama, Casino Niagara, and Fallsview Casino.
|Shorelines Casino Belleville||Belleville||Ontario|
|Elements Casino Brantford||Brantford||Ontario|
|OLG Casino Brantford||Brantford||Ontario|
|Cascades Casino Chatham||Chatham||Ontario|
|Gateway Casino Clinton*||Clinton||Ontario|
|Elements Casino Flamboro||Flamboro||Ontario|
|Shorelines Slots Kawartha Downs*||Fraserville||Ontario|
|Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands||Gananoque||Ontario|
|Elements Casino Grand River||Grand River||Ontario|
|Playtime Casinos Hanover||Hanover||Ontario|
|Gateway Casino Innisfil||Innisfil||Ontario|
|Gateway Casino London||London||Ontario|
|Casino Niagara||Niagara Falls||Ontario|
|Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort||Niagara Falls||Ontario|
|Rideau Carelton Casino (Future Hard Rock 2021)||Ottawa||Ontario|
|Shorelines Casino Peterborough||Peterborough||Ontario|
|Starlight Casino Point Edward||Point Edward (Sarnia)||Ontario|
|Gateway Casino Sarnia*||Sarnia||Ontario|
|Gateway Casino Sault Ste Marie||Sault Ste Marie||Ontario|
|Gateway Casino Sudbury||Sudbury||Ontario|
|Gateway Casino Thunder Bay||Thunder Bay||Ontario|
|Gateway Casino Woodstock*||Woodstock||Ontario|
List of Casinos in PEI
There are two Red Shores casinos on Prince Edward Island with the Charlottetown location offering live table games while the Summerside location only has slots/VLTs. Casinos on PEI follow the laws contained in the Lotteries Commission Act and the Gaming Centre Control Regulations of 2005 headed by the Prince Edward Island Lotteries Commission. The legal age for gambling in PEI is 19.
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|Red Shores Casino||Charlottetown||PEI|
|Red Shores Casino*||Summerside||PEI|
List of Casinos in Quebec
There are 4 full service casinos in Quebec that are run by Loto-Quebec. In addition, the Salon de jeux de Quebec and Salon de jeux de Trois-Rivieres offer slots/VLTs and a variety of electronic tables that include Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, and Sic Bo,
Casinos in Quebec are made legal by the Act respecting the Société des loteries du Québec and the By-law respecting casino games. Loto-Quebec is the corporation in charge of administrating the casinos in the province. Loto-Quebec also runs Espace Jeux casino en ligne, the provincially run online casino. The legal gambling age in Quebec is 18.
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List of Casinos in Saskatchewan
The total amount of casinos in Saskatchewan is 9 and the legal age for gambling in Saskatchewan is 19. Casinos in Saskatchewan are regulated by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) according to The Alcohol and Gaming Regulation Act. Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation (Sask Gaming) operates Casino Regina and Casino Moose Jaw with the balance of the casinos in the province run by the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA).
|Bear Claw Casino & Hotel||Carlyle||Saskatchewan|
|Casino Moose Jaw||Moose Jaw||Saskatchewan|
|Gold Eagle Casino||North Battleford||Saskatchewan|
|Gold Horse Casino||Lloydminster||Saskatchewan|
|Living Sky Casino||Swift Current||Saskatchewan|
|Northern Lights Casino||Prince Albert||Saskatchewan|
|Painted Hands Casino||Yorkton||Saskatchewan|
List of Casinos in the Yukon Territory
There is only one casino in the Yukon and that is also Canada's first casino, Diamond Tooth Gertie's. Established in 1971 shortly after the federal government handed over gambling legislation to the Provinces and Territories. This Klondike-themed casino captures the Gold Rush fever with period music and Cancan dancing shows. Casinos in the Yukon Territory are handled by the Yukon Lottery Corporation and the legal gambling age is 19.
|Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall||Dawson City||Yukon|
We here at Casino Canuck have been gambling long before online casinos even existed. We have visited casinos in many countries throughout the world, not just Canada or Vegas, and can tell you that the Canadian experience in casinos is somewhat unique. Sure, we don’t have the multi-billion dollar complexes like the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore or Venetian Macau but we do have some pretty nice casinos that offer just the right mix of excitement and Canadian personality. So what do we have? Well here is a list of all the land based casinos in Canada including those that are just slots but we do highlight which ones are full service casinos. This list is more up to date and detailed than even Wikipedia. Some offer some unique character and we all have to admit that we need to make it up to Diamond Tooth Gertie’s
To be honest, we prefer online casinos for the convenience. After all, Canada is big and winters are freakin’ cold. But we won’t lie to you and say a trip to a land based casino isn’t worth it, as long as it delivers the goods. So let’s see what this beautiful country of ours has to offer.
Land Casino Reviews
We are lucky as Canadians to have the choice to gamble, whether it is with online casinos in Canada or land based ones. Not all countries, most notably the USA, allow online gambling and most have severe restrictions on where bricks and mortar casinos can operate. Online casinos have many things going for them. They are convenient and safe (as long as you do your due diligence) and come pretty close to giving you the casino floor experience, especially with new options like live dealers. However, for some, the virtual gambling is not enough and they love the excitement that comes with actually being on the casino floor. Of course, Canada is a big country so not everyone has the ability to visit a land based casino but, for those that can, we have decided to travel from coast to coast and give some reviews of the best casinos in the country.
We will hand pick some of the casinos we have been to recently to give you a rundown of what you are to expect if you want to plan your next vacation to include a chance to win some big money and possibly catch a little entertainment on the way.
So what do we look for in land based casinos? Well, everyone has different priorities but some things are universal.
Casino Floor and Games
All casinos have slots and tables but which slots and tables do they offer. Every casino that wants to consider themselves in the big leagues needs to have progressive Jackpots like Megabucks from IGT and high roller tables for Craps and Baccarat. For most of us, we need to be able to find open tables for the amount we would like to bet and not feel pressured into tables that require a larger ante just because the lower dollar tables are too crowded. The slots selection should be diverse and you should never feel like “the granny” is hogging the top machine.
You can’t really control the players around you except for choosing where you like to gamble but the dealers, pit bosses, servers, bartenders and everyone else you deal with should be professional and polite. The whole experience should feel natural and not pressured or contrived. A new and inexperienced dealer can ruin the vibe and servers that are “having a bad day” can bring down the excitement. In the end, gambling is a form of entertainment and if it is not fun you have a problem.
Following up on the entertainment aspect, the casino had better provide something more than just the slots or the tables. If we are going to make an evening of this or a weekend getaway, then the hotel better have some nice perks and the restaurant had better live up to the stars they are supposed to have. Otherwise I might as well save the money for gambling and order a pizza and fire up the Royal Vegas online casino.
Nothing makes a land based casino more interesting than something happening that you weren’t expecting. After all, the rest you were expecting and could pretty much get at home. What makes the land based casino interesting is seeing other people win or meeting some interesting people. So the clientele of the casino makes a difference. The casino needs to be a nice blend of high rollers, tourists, locals and guys or gals like you, who just enjoy the fun of walking into a casino and experiencing the action. What the casino can offer to make this more than the clientele is giving you something you weren’t expecting. Whether it is some upgrades, special offers or some personal attention, this is what makes a casino visit special.
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