When it first opened in 1987, Billy Barker Casino was known as the Royal Casino. Just another charitable casino at the time, it grew to be one of the symbols of historic Quesnel, British Columbia. The casino is family-owned and its recognisable exterior design resembles a luxurious paddlewheel ship. The name came from a miner who founded a town Barkerville in the 19th century, close to Quesnel. You know, like the ones that used to sail across the Fraser River during the Gold Rush.
The establishment went through extensive remodelling which was carried out from 1999 to 2014. The renovation completely altered the lobby, restaurant and lounge, making them more appealing to high rollers. The complex has a gaming room housing a variety of slots and roulette tables, a hotel, a café & lounge and a showroom. The convention/banquet facility seats 100 people and it’s fitting for seminars and workshops. The venue’s slogan is “old world elegance & modern amenities”, which does describe the place pretty well.
Cowboys casino – 1988 (Calgary)
The history of gambling in Canada hides another gem - Cowboys Casino. It was established in 1988 in Calgary, following the successful years-long operation of Cash Casino. The venue is situated in trendy Victoria Park, quite near to the Calgary Stampede grounds. It expands across 96,000 square feet, housing a gambling floor, an impressive bar, two restaurants and a dance hall. The name kinda gives away the theme of the casino – it’s the cowboys.
Arguably Calgary’s number one gaming location, Cowboys Casino offers 33 tables and 7 different games, over 350 slot machines and a high-limit room. The poker room is open 24/7 and the dealers run Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Pineapple, Limit and No Limit poker. Customers have access to nightly massages, late-night food and free breakfast. The centre bar itself is a thing to behold, a huge open area lounge, even if you don’t want anything to munch on. Many patrons appreciate the heated underground parking, especially in cold Calgary winters!