All the best Canada has to offer for those who love gambling
Where else can you find a review about the Northern most land based casino in Canada? Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall in Yukon Territory is a throwback to the 1800's when Canada was just a wilderness full of riches and plenty of danger. Its no Bellagio in Las Vegas, but just like Canada, it has a heart and soul of its own. If Gertie's is a bit too far into the wilderness, then go for something a bit closer to home in Toronto where the land-based casinos afford every luxury and form of entertainment while offering you the Vegas-like experience. From Quebec, Manitoba and Alberta, to Hamilton, Montreal and Edmonton, we cover all the bases to provide you with information on where to try your luck and what casino will suit your taste.
Land based casinos such as Stoney Nokoda Resort and Casino, Fallsview Casino Resort, McPhillips Station Casino & Resort, Casino de Montreal, and OLG Brantford Casino are just a few of the casinos we list on our site. Because of its vast expanse of territory, not all of these casinos can be easily accessed, so we also provide information to the best online slot games as well as the best online casinos for Canadian players. It really doesn't matter where or how you play, as long as you have fun and are taking advantage of everything the gambling world of Canada has to offer.
Canadian themed online slots or free and real money play
Few people these days go to Niagara Falls for their Honeymoon, but in case you happen to drive through there on your way to Las Vegas, there are casinos on both sides of the border for you to stop and play. But if you want a taste of Vegas and are not ready to fly there or willing to try a land-based casino, there are always the highly popular online casinos which provide the exciting and profitable gambling experience in the comfort of your own home.
Airfare, hotels and even gas can start to get expensive when making that journey to your favorite land-based casino. This is why online casinos and their variety of games has become so popular with not only those who like to go to the casinos, but those who are just starting to gamble for the first time. Online gambling is the easiest and most convenient way to enjoy gambling and the best part is that no money is needed. As a matter of fact, no money, no download, no registration and no deposit is required to play exciting slots online. With slot games such as Ice Hockey slots, Breakaway, Wolf Rising, Arctic Fortune and Hockey Potshot, you will be able to enjoy all of your favorite Canadian themed slots right here for free with instant access at your fingertips.
Not content with just free demo play, then sign-up to one of our partner casinos and start your journey into the world of real money play. All of our partner casinos are accessible for Canadian players and have payment methods that are exclusive to players from Canada.
The registration process is quick and easy and there is always a sign-up bonus for new real money players. All of our partner casinos have been vetted by us, so there is no need to worry about security and privacy.
Canadian casinos accept all sorts of popular deposit methods, offer convenient payout methods and can operate in different currencies: USD, CAD, EUR and more. On CasinoCanada.com we attempt to present the best casino offers for Canadian players. All the casinos listed here are accepting Canadian Dollars by default.
Real money slots online are a great way to enjoy gambling from the comfort of your own home, or for on the go play with your favorite smart-phone or tablet. All Canadian players are welcome for free and real money play, so sign-up today or just click onto your favorite slot and play for free.
It's all here for Canadian gamblers both online and land-based
From the 10 largest casinos in Canada to the payment methods for real money players, all the information that you will ever need as a Canadian gambler is right here on our site. No other online gambling site offers detailed information unique to Canada for both online play and land-based play. You will never have to go to another website to find what you’re looking for with regards to gambling in Canada. Our site will also keep you up to date on what's hot and what's not and the changing rules and regulations which govern this lucrative industry. So get out from the cold and start to play on one of your favorite Canadian themed slots or jump into your car and head to one of your favorite land-based casinos in Canada!
Are Canandian online/land-based casinos safe to play?
Well, does the term “apples and oranges” mean anything to you? Anyone who’s shopped on Amazon (which is to say everyone) and shopped at, likesay, a department store or mall has experienced a situation analogous to the online/land-based casino comparison.
For example, there’s the question of safety. Though the opposite would seem true, it turns out that actual material cash (or an actual material representation of cash such as chips or cards) is actually *safer* in environments such as land-based casinos. Instances of thievery, scams, cons, credit fraud, etc., taking place in “real-world” casinos are astronomically rare. In fact, probably the only threat to your or your money’s safety or security is your own foolishness.
On the internet, though, whoa. That’s a whole different kettle of worms. Sort of. The truth is that transacting business online is an everyday matter now and online casinos/gambling websites are just as reliable as any other e-commerce site. And just like Amazon, Etsy and all the way down to the tiniest mom ‘n’ pop online shop, encryption technology is in place to assure hacking is not easily done into personal accounts.
The only real issue with depositing/withdrawing to and from online casinos is a lack of international regulation. Should a player have a legitimate complaint regarding payment, payout or lacks thereof, in most countries, for most websites, no legal recourse exists; to be fair, most online casino operators operate fairly. Any government-approved private operator of online gambling sites affords the player the same consumer protections as may be had at Amazon on down, but with independent operators in countries with gambling laws located mostly in the gray area (such as several provinces in Canada), some element of faith is involved.
Having said (written?) this, we should still point out that nearly every online casino website is approved by independent auditors for fairness and best practices. Casino Canada’s pages include only those casinos accepting Canadian players and show certification from one or more internationally-recognized auditing firms.
How are Canadian online casinos regulated?
In short, independently. This is to say that no single regulator which is recognized in every nation (or even a sizeable majority of nations) exists.
The internet casino industry is similar to any online commerce and, in a greater sense, *any* sort of commerce, in that few internationally-binding laws and regulations exist. Even in such cases, local intra-national law will typically supersede said international law except in the extremest of cases. Combine this with the reality that a given casino website which is perfectly legal in your country or province might be illegal should you cross a border 10 miles away. Such legal difficulties are only magnified in countries – such as the United States and Canada – whose laws predominantly exist in a grey area, i.e. though it is technically not illegal for an individual to play at any online casino of one’s choice, it is illegal for any financial institution to process transaction involving gambling websites.
In response to these sorts of problems, reputable online casino and gambling websites have independent auditing, quality control and technical systems checks done by internationally-certified firms. Among the companies providing such services – look for a logo at the bottom of your chosen casino’s welcome page for certification from the UK-based eCOGRA; the Canadian First Nations-based Kahnawake Gaming Commission; Technical Systems Testing (a.k.a. TST), the world’s leading tester of the all-important Random Number Generator software; online industry specialists Gaming Associates; BWM and/or VeriSign, two companies that also served land-based electronic gambling machines and casinos.
What software is compatible for online Canadian casino play?
To get a complete answer to this question, check your calendar; after all, the way online casino technology works when you read this, it’ll have advanced a few years hence. Examples? Sure, we’ve got examples.
In the late 1990s/early 2000s, casinos proliferated throughout the internet. However, because Apple technology is noted for disallowing downloads and incompatibility with Adobe Flash Player, Java and the like (upon which most online casino games were dependent for game display), Mac users found the great majority of online casinos inaccessible. Naturally, this issue is non-existent today.
Or take the internet casino industry’s response to the explosion in popularity of mobile electronic devices. As the snowball effect gradually caused a near-majority of internet casino gaming being played on tablets and phones, casino websites were forced to respond. In 2015, launching and/or reformatting games specifically for the smaller formats of cell phone and tablets was the sole purview of casino software giants such as Microgaming. Just two years later, phone- and tablet-formatting games are not at all uncommon, and we expect this to become standard practice by 2020.
Getting back to the original question, though. As of this writing in mid-2017, most online casinos are compatible with iOS and Android devices, as well as their respective PC operating systems. Performance and display may be mixed in quality, though. Certain slots games, like say any classic-style slot which devotes a great swathe of the game board to the paytable, looked crammed on smaller screens. Graphics-heavy 5-reel slots will appear muddy on many lower-resolution phones. In short, 99% of games about there are compatible with 100% of operating systems, but results vary.
And please adjust the above for epoch. Soon, we’ll all be wondering what the problem ever was as the reels spin smoothly and gorgeously on a tiny mobile phone screen.
What is the accepted currency at these Canadian casinos?
A good question, but not much of a bother for folks in Canada, the United States, the U.K. and most of Europe. The “largest” of international currencies – we’re talking the U.S. dollar, British pound and the Euro here – are accepted pretty much anywhere. Few true Us-based online operations exist, though even a majority of these accept more than the American dollar, and most forms of currency are good (of course) in any Nevada-based online casino.
Beyond these generalities, the size of the casino tends to determine the breadth of accepting currencies. Operators with outlets worldwide and/or sponsorships of international football clubs will pretty much take any kind of currency up until the Chinese yuan – and would probably find a way to accept this cash, too, if/when occasions arose. Microgaming-powered casinos, with their far-reaching appeal throughout Europe, accept deposits in most currencies of the Continent.
And then, there’s the Canadian dollar. Sadly, Canadians are again somewhat in the shadows of their southerly neighbor in this respect: Some searching may be necessary to find an outlet that accepts Canadian dollars. On the other hand, the far majority of online casinos will simply treat your deposit as though made in U.S. dollars (or some other currency) anyway, and calculate for CAD based on the exchange rate. In general, these exchange rates are reasonable enough against the daily posted averages worldwide.
At casinos accepting Canadian players, no worries! Canadian dollars are happily taken with no exchange necessary.
What are the most popular games to play in Canada?
Anyone who’s into gambling in the slightest has heard that slot machines makes up anywhere from 75% to 90% of casino profits. While some dispute continues over the exact (or even a good estimated) figure for this ratio, it’s clear that slot machines make up a lion’s share of the profits – at least in North American and Australian casinos. Heck, in Canada and the U.S. alike, slots and electronic games are placed in racetracks to pull profits out of the red.
Online, however, the picture isn’t so clear. In fact, from the vantage point of 2017, we’d guess that slot games are only now rising back up to that 80% level of profits…
Why this supposition? It’s not that slot games online aren’t popular and haven’t been since the late 1990s and the dawn of internet gambling, but rather that other forms of gambling are so much more accessible. And unlike land-based operations which face challenges of physical space and local zoning regulations, a website operator can offer slot machines, casino games, sportsbook betting and bingo all in the same “place.”
Compared to the other forms of gambling, slot machines have faced something of an uphill battle in popularity since the beginning. First off is a certain technological disconnect: The older demographic, i.e. those most likely to play slot machines in “real life”, were not nearly technologically savvy – or willing – enough to navigate the primitive internet in search of crude approximations of the slots they loved.
The first form of traditional gambling to find rampant success online was bingo, easily translatable to the online milieu and, thanks to continual upgrades in chat technology, miles ahead of the competition for the gambling dollar (or, more precisely, pound, as the U.K. market is particularly huge) by 2001.
The worldwide online poker craze of the early 2000s precipitated by Chris Moneymaker’s miracle World Series of Poker win brought zillions of dollars/euros/pounds to online gambling – but almost entirely in the poker rooms. And sports betting, for so long denied to Canadians and Americans in any real sense, has become easier than ever. Some estimates figure that betting on sports in North America has increased twofold in the past 20 years, much of which can be attributed to the internet.
In short, then, which is the most popular game online? All of them!