Land Based Casinos in Canada

The history of gambling in Canada dates as far back as 1892 where under the Criminal Code certain forms of gambling were allowed. Over the next 80 years the only betting allowed was for horse racing and certain gambling events that gave their proceeds to either charity or religion. This is still deeply rooted in Canadian gambling today where local bingo, charitable lotteries and the such, still carry on to this day. Gambling changed forever in 1970 when the federal government gave the responsibility for gambling to the provinces and subsequently casinos began opening across Canada.

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We are lucky as Canadians to have the choice to gamble, whether it is with online casinos or land based ones. Not all countries, most notably the USA, allow online gambling and most have severe restrictions on where land based 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 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 that aren’t just OLG slots or horse tracks with a few slots. Some offer some unique character and we all have to admit that we have to make it up to Diamond Tooth Gertie’s

 

Province Casino City
B.C. Cascades Casino Penticton Penticton
B.C. Starlight Casino New Westminster
Man. McPhillips Street Station Casino Winnipeg
Man. Club Regent Casino Winnipeg
N.B. Casino New Brunswick Moncton
N.B. Grey Rock Casino Edmundston
N.S. Casino Nova Scotia Halifax
N.S. Casino Nova Scotia Sydney
Ont. Casino Rama Rama
Ont. Caesars Windsor Windsor
Ont. Casino Niagara Niagara Falls
Ont. Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort Niagara Falls
QC Casino de Charlevoix La Malbaie
QC Casino du Lac-Leamy Gatineau
QC Casino du Mont-Tremblant Mont-Tremblant
QC Ludoplex Trois-Rivières Trois-Rivières
QC Ludoplex Québec Quebec City
QC. Casino de Montréal Montreal
Sask. Casino Regina Regina
Sask. Casino Moose Jaw Moose Jaw
Yuk. Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall Dawson City

 

 

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 priortities but some things are universal.

Casino 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 Megabuck 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.

Professional Staff

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 unexperienced 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.

The Amenities

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.

The Surprise

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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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.