If you’re visiting Ontario, and have a love of gaming, then you should know that there are a number of world-class casinos in the province. We’ll cover some of the bigger and better ones below, telling you what you can expect to find there so you can make an informed decision about which ones you want to spend time in while you’re there. Let’s jump right in!
OLG’s Brantford Casino received a massive facelift in 2011, adding more than 7000 square feet of space to the property. Open twenty-four hours a day, the casino offers more than 30,000 square feet of games, including:
• More than 500 gaming machines (539 in all)
• Caribbean Stud Poker
• Sic Bo
• 9 Tables dedicated to Texas Hold’em
• 14 Poker Tables
And more. In all, there are 69 different games of chance on offer here. Note that the casino proper has a restaurant on-site, and complimentary non-alcoholic drinks are available to all guests (coffee, tea, and sodas).
With a big gaming space, a diverse collection of games on offer, and a fresh new look courtesy of the recent $37.5 million dollar renovation, OLG, Brantford should be high on your list of casinos to visit.
Located in Gananoque, Thousand Islands is a fun destination with 480 different slot machines to enjoy, ranging from 1 cent per play to $5 per play, so it provides something for everyone. You’ll also find twenty-six table games, including Blackjack, Roulette, Spanish 21, Let It Ride, four different tables for poker, and more.
ATM’s are available on-site, and the property features a restaurant offering American cuisine. Complimentary non-alcoholic (tea, coffee, soda) drinks are available, as is a currency exchange desk. The property also features a gift shop, free parking, and handicap access, with complimentary wheelchairs available for those who require them.
Easily the largest and most elegant casino in Canada, this glittering tower features more than three thousand different slot machines and 130 table games including Blackjack, Caribbean Stud, Roulette, a staggering seventeen poker tables, and more!
See live shows in their 1500 seat theater, enjoy shopping and world class dining (there’s something to suit every taste and preference with more than a dozen restaurants on-site), and book a room at the hotel to stay where you’re gaming. All of the hotel’s 374 rooms are first rate, and you’re sure to have a fabulous time if you add this destination to your itinerary!
Located in Niagara Falls, this mammoth casino has been in business for more than twenty years. Open 24-hours a day and with more than 95,000 square feet of games, there’s something for everyone here. You’ll be having so much fun that you won’t want to leave, and you won’t have to. There’s a hotel on-site, along with three different restaurants and a bar.
In the gaming area, among other things, you’ll find:
• 3-Card Poker
• Mississippi Stud
• 12 poker tables
And much more! All this, in addition to the more than 1600 slots, the gift shop, spa, swimming pool, and fourteen different retail stores. There’s something for everyone here, so you can turn it into a family event, though be advised that you must be at least 19 to enter the gaming area.
For the discerning gamer, check out Caesar’s Windsor. Located in Windsor, Ontario, open twenty-four hours a day, this impressive venue boasts more than 100,000 square feet of gaming space, and a pair of hotels, which between them, have 758 luxurious rooms.
The gaming area holds an impressive 2300 slot machines including one to five dollar slots, $100 per pull slots, video poker, and more. The 88 table games include 3-Card poker, Baccarat, Blackjack, Roulette, Spanish 21 as well as 14 poker tables.
Come for the games, but stay because of everything else there is to do here. With seven on-site restaurants, a pool, gym, spa and shopping, you’ll want to revisit Caesar’s Windsor time and time again. Come once and you’ll be hooked for life!
Located in Toronto, this casino, unlike so many of the others, is not open 24/7. Their hours are from noon to 6am daily, between August 2 and September 6, and they’re closed October through July, so you’ve got to be in the area at just the right time of year if you want to play here. Nonetheless, it deserved a mention because it is such an exclusive place.
There are no slots here. This is pure table games, mostly poker variants. You’ve got to be really good to compete here, but if you think you’ve got what it takes, you should plan to come up!
There are, of course, plenty of other casinos in the province, but hopefully this list has whetted your appetite. Every casino listed here is well worth a visit. Start planning your trip and book your stay today!
When it comes to Casinos in Canada – and even North America – many superlative may be applied to Casino Rama in Ontario. As of 2016 (and likely into the foreseeable future), Casino Rama is the single largest First Nations-owned casino in the province and the country. Overall, the Rama has the third-most gaming space among Canadian casinos; before the opening of the Casino Fallsview in Niagara in 2006, Casino Rama had held the position of second-largest for 10 years. Regardless, Casino Rama is the largest Canadian gaming facility west of Ottawa.
Finally, Casino Rama is also notable for its status as the only “commercial” casino in Canada, thanks to its unique partnership deal among the First Nations tribal leadership, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (which runs the vast majority of Ontario-based gaming houses and racinos) and the US-based Penn National Gaming (a.k.a. PN Gaming).
Located in the town of Rama, about 157 kilometres (97 miles) from Toronto, Casino Rama first opened for business in July 1996. Twenty years later, the casino boasts a massive 192,000 square feet worth of gaming. Always a big draw at casinos, slot machines and video poker games occupy quite a bit of space at Casino Rama, with over 2,500 for the playing alongside some 110 table games.
Naturally, to compete with the likes of Casino de Montreal, Casino Rama is set on a facility full of amenities and entertainment options. Start with 10 restaurants running the gamut of culinary choice (to name just a few examples, there are St. Germain’s Steakhouse, the Cantonese eatery Willow, The Noodle Bar and the Couchiching Court Buffet).
The huge 5,000-seat Entertainment Centre has served as a venue for any number of eclectic musical acts ranging from Alicia Keys and Alice Cooper to Weezer and ZZ Top (gotta love that A-to-Z cliché). At other times, the facilities host boxing and MMA events. In another newsworthy event, April 2011 saw Casino Rama hosting the second-ever officially sanctioned MMA fight in Ottawa.
The 289-room Hotel Rama is quite impressive; for those wishing to satisfy their tourisum-related cravings, the hotel offers tour packages around the nearby Lakes Region – you know, when you want to take a break from the machines and tables. If you ever do.
And on top of the sheer opulence of Casino Rama and the 20 years’ worth of profitable business is the positive effect the Casino Rama has proven to have upon the local economy. Through fiscal year 2015, Casino Ram has brought in a whopping $5.2 billion in revenue, some 35% of which is invested into nearby communities on the Chippewa reserve land. And on site, Casino Rama employs some 3,000-plus, including 500 Native people.
Casino Rama may enjoy a reputation as large as its actual infrastructure – and all things considered, this Canadian casino truly deserves all the kudos it gets. Simply put, if you’re a gamer west of Ontario, you’ll want to visit the biggest – because in the case of Casino Rama, it’s also the best.