While there are plenty of ways to enjoy gaming online or on mobile devices these days, there’s arguably nothing quite like experiencing the atmosphere and thrills of playing at gaming tables in a land-based casino, with other people around you.
No matter how you travel around Canada, it’s an expansive country that boasts more than 100 casinos throughout its expansive provinces and territories, located in destinations ranging from tourist hotspots and urban settings to the most picturesque locations around.
Let’s take a look at some of the best to visit.
Taking in the Tables at Niagara Falls
Few locations capture the imagination quite like Niagara Falls, which is considered one of the natural wonders of North America and straddles the US-Canada border.
Needless to say, the location is hugely popular with tourists flocking to take in the spectacular views, which are also a prominent feature of the two most popular casino resort complexes here.
Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort is aptly named for the stunning vistas on offer. Built on the cliff side overlooking Horseshoe Falls, this 2.5 million square foot complex boasts a wealth of entertainment options and was a $1 billion investment by the government of Ontario.
Almost as big in terms of gaming space is Casino Niagra, which also features four gourmet restaurants, an indoor water park, plus the famed Yuk Yuks comedy venue to keep visitors smiling.
Along with the brightly lit slot machines, all the most popular table games are featured in both resorts, from roulette and craps, numerous varieties of poker and more straightforward games like blackjack, which is also known as twenty-one in some locations.
If you’re not sure when to ‘hit’ or ‘stand’, ‘double down’ or ‘split’, then it might be a good idea to build your blackjack library playing on mobile first, which will help towards understanding the most common terms associated with the game.
Bright Lights, Big City
One of the busiest by far with 18,000 visitors every day is Casino de Montréal in Québec, with gamers all flocking to enjoy table games such as baccarat, poker, roulette and sic bo, not to mention the constant buzz and excitement surrounding the craps tables.
Don’t worry if you haven’t heard about craps, because playing online can help familiarity with how the popular dice game is played.
12km from downtown Vancouver and close to the international airport is the River Rock Casino Resort, overlooking the Fraser River in Richmond, British Columbia. Along with the swanky hotel and restaurants, there’s 70,000 square feet of gaming space with 1,000 slot machines and a host of table games.
With a 4.3 out of 5 positive rating from over 1,800 expedia.com reviews, one of the attractions is Lulu’s Lounge, which is a cool place to enjoy live music and enjoy cocktails after a busy day at the tables.
Worth Knowing Before You Travel
The legal age requirement for entry into casinos corresponds with the drinking age laws throughout the country, which can vary depending on the province or territory you’re visiting.
It’s always worth carrying proof of identification as, in most locations throughout Canada, you must be 19 or over to enter casinos or their restaurants, bars and theatres.
However, the exceptions are Alberta, Manitoba and Québec, where the admissible age is 18.