Canada's Five Biggest Top Casino Venues

By Ben Hamill - May 27 2015

Canada’s casino industry continues to grow, with more online and live Canada casino sites opening every year. In Canada, the individual provincial governments determine gambling possibilities for their province. Nine of Canada’s 13 provinces now offer supervised gaming alternatives for their citizens.

Dozens of land-based casinos are available for Canadian gamers. These casinos range from large, luxury casinos which are located in and near large Canadian cities to small rural casinos which serve local populations, casinos which cater to tourist needs and expectations and others.

Thanks to Canada’s liberal gambling laws, visitors from throughout the world can come to the Canadian casinos where they play their favourite games, enjoy the live casino entertainment and experience genuine Canadian gambling entertainment.

BC River Rock Casino Resort

The River Rock Casino Resort sits on the shores of the Fraser River in the midst of the beautiful British Columbia forests. River Rock Casino Resort is located in Richmond. It is the largest gaming venue in Western Canada, comprising over 70,000 square feet of playing floor, eateries and entertainment venues. River Rock gamers have their choice of any of the 900 slot machines, the 24/7 a poker room which features 14 tables or any of the other River Rock game options including roulette, craps, baccarat and a Racebook for sports betting. There are four unique VIP Privé Members Clubs at River Rock including the Salon Privé, the Salon Premiums, the Phoenix Room and the Maple Room. In addition to cafes and bars there are exclusive restaurants including the 260-seat Buffet and the Racetrack, an eatery that offers off-track betting along with its pub-style drinks and food. The Curve Lounge, sitting behind the resort’s signature curved elevators, offers a place for visitors to mix and mingle while they enjoy appetizers and a glass of wine. Both the River Rock Show Theatre and the more intimate Lulu’s Lounge feature live entertainment. Players who wish to enjoy luxury accommodations can book a room at the on-site 202-room all-suite hotel where the River Rock’s Absolute Spa provides exclusive pampering.

Alberta’s River Cree Resort and Casino

The River Cree Resort and Casino is situated on the western edge of Edmonton. River Cree is a combination casino, luxury resort and hockey center where you’ll find more than 1,000 slot machines and 39 gaming tables. Sports fans can places their bets in the Horses at Tap 25 off-track betting and dining venue. River Cree also features a high stakes poker room where the poker pit provides poker excitement from 12:00a.m. to 3:00a.m. every day. Poker options include both low-states and high-stakes poker  competitions. For table game players, there are 32 table game options including roulette, blackjack, craps and baccarat along with new variations such as EZ Baccarat, Panda 8 and Dragon Bonus. Players can stay at the local Marriott at River Cree and dine at the Kitchen Buffet Bistro or the posh Sage. The Edmonton Oilers practice at one of the two River Cree NHL-sized hockey rinks.

Windsor Caesars Hotel & Casino of Ontario

Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino is located less than a mile from the Ambassador bridge, the bridge which connects Canada to the United States via Detroit, Michigan. Although Detroit’s downtown area also offers gambling facilities, the Window Casino’s superior venue attracts gamblers from both sides of the border. The hotel  offers luxury guest rooms and suites, as well as a fitness center. The Esthetica Spa welcomes both male and female guests while the Coliseum showroom features headline acts. There’s a choice of six cafes and restaurants including the Artist Café, the top-end Neros Steakhouse and Legends Sports Bar where you can bet on the outcomes of major sports team games over drinks and snacks. The 24/7Poker Room features 14 low-stakes and high-stakes poker tables, while gamers will find dozens of slots and parlour games on the main gaming floor, including roulette, craps, baccarat and lottery options.

Casino Niagara of Ontario

Niagara Falls has been a tourist center for decades. Visitors flock to see the biggest falls in North America which can be viewed from both the United States and Canada. Increasingly, visitors are making the trek to the Canadian side where they can visit the Casino Niagara for top-quality gambling. Casino Niagara players enjoy  a huge casino site which features more than 1,500 slot machines and 40 gaming tables including numerous roulette, poker and blackjack variations. The Niagara Poker Room alone presents 12 tables and is so popular that reservations are necessary for a seat. A separate sports section of the casino allows wagering on professional and college game action and TV screens are mounted so players can watch the action as it unfolds. On weekends visitors enjoy live music and adult stand-up comedy at Yuk Yuk’s comedy club. Eateries include the casual Market Buffet and the upscale Lucky’s Steakhouse. All of this takes place amidst the beauty of Niagara Falls.

Quebec’s Casino de Montreal

Quebec’s Casino de Montreal sits on the Ile Notre-Dame across from the Old Port of Montreal. The casino is Canada’s largest with five full floors of gaming action. Visitors have their choice of over 3,000 slot machines and 100 gaming tables including 18 poker tables and Texas Hold ’Em tournaments in which bonuses are awarded for the highest hand of the day. Players can join the Casino Privileges Club in which members earn points which they can use for casino dining or on hotel accommodations packages. There are four restaurants on-site including the upscale Nuances and the Italian Via Fortuna and lounges such as the Zen-like, colorful Le Carre and the lively Le Cheval.

If you’re looking for a big casino with unlimited gambling opportunities, check out one of Canada’s luxury casino venues.