Unlike its neighbor to the south (the United States), Canada allows legal gambling activity throughout its vast expanse – which makes it a fairly popular spot for casino tourists. Indeed, by this point there are quite a few noteworthy casino resorts across Canada, which is wonderful but also makes it a daunting task to decide where to spend your time. To help with this, we’ve put together a list of recommendations for the best casino resorts around the country.
River Rock Casino Resort – Richmond, British Columbia
River Rock certainly puts the “resort” in casino resorts. In addition to 70,000 square feet of gaming space – including over a thousand slot machines – River Rock also boasts a stunning saltwater pool designed to help visitors relax completely. The swimming hall is three stories tall, made to resemble a tropical rainforest, and features a massive waterslide (if you’re craving an adrenaline rush). River Rock also has a fabulous spa, and if you’re really looking to truly embrace the resort lifestyle, you can book one of its spacious Resort Suites for your stay here.
Fallsview Casino Resort – Niagara Falls, Ontario
While physical casinos in Canada are slowly being overshadowed by the availability of online gaming platforms, some of which offer free games to further entice customers, the in-person establishments in Canada can remind you of the luxurious amenities and surrounding entertainment that go beyond the games. That’s not to knock the online games – in fact, some tourists cross over the American border specifically to access them. But the Fallsview Casino Resort at Niagara Falls exemplifies the perks of real casinos. There are concert performances, fancy restaurants, and shopping areas, in addition to beautiful surroundings and comfortable rooms.
Casino de Montréal – Montréal, Quebec
This casino is one of the 10 largest in the world when it comes to the gaming facilities available to patrons, making it a can’t-miss spot for anyone visiting the Montréal area. It also boasts an impressive cabaret venue, which underwent a renovation costing tens of millions of dollars just a few years ago. Here you can relax, eat a delicious dinner, and enjoy a mesmerizing show in a performance venue designed to have high-quality acoustics no matter where you are seated. It’s less of a resort than some of the options in this piece, but as a pure casino, offering a full night of entertainment and amusement, Casino de Montréal is hard to top.
River Cree Resort and Casino – Edmonton, Alberta
Perhaps the coolest part about this resort is that, in true Canadian fashion, it is home to two NHL-sized hockey rinks. So, in addition to the usual gaming, dining, and musical entertainment offered at most major casinos, here you can catch a fast-paced hockey game to truly round out your trip to Canada. As far as the actual casino gaming goes, River Cree has over 1,000 slot machines, 40 table games, and a poker pit dedicated to tournaments that occur on a near-daily basis. Lastly, there are also six delicious restaurants, cafés, and bars on site, with some of them offering surprisingly cheap happy hour deals compared to most other casino resorts.
St. Eugene Golf Resort Casino – Cranbrook, British Columbia
This resort may be one of the more unique ones we’ve seen, which is why it absolutely has to have a spot on this list of the best casino resorts in Canada. Situated in the cozy town of Cranbrook, St. Eugene Golf Resort Casino offers stunning views of both the Purcell and the Rocky Mountains – so no matter which direction you turn, you won’t be disappointed in what you’re looking at! The actual casino here is a bit smaller than the others on this list, but in a way, this actually adds to the quaint, remote atmosphere you’ll enjoy here. The focus of this resort is primarily on enjoying nature, with an emphasis being placed on the golf courses and even the option of camping at the nearby RV park.
As you can see, there are plenty of casino resorts to choose from all across Canada. They’re havens for gamers, both locally and internationally, but hopefully reading through the above gives you an idea of everything you can enjoy beyond just the casinos while vacationing at (or near) one of these establishments.