Certainly the no. 1 spot for gambling of most sorts on Prince Edward Island is, as the name implies, the Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park. Originally a small outlet with pari-mutuel betting on a few horse racing events per year, the Red Shores in Charlottetown has ballooned into a year-round facility which boasts more horse racing than ever before plus simulcast events.
This Red Shores is what the Americans would call a “racino”: Over 200 slot machines and other electronic games take wagers, as well as four table games including blackjack. Commendable is the obvious effort the folks at this Red Shores take in their slot machine offerings. In 2017, for example, they’re touting the introduction of cutting-edge “bingo slot machines” from Ortiz, a new game to Canada.
This Red Shores outlet also hosts the island’s only regularly-run poker room, with five tables open for the playing seven days a week. In short, the Red Shores Charlottetown may be smaller-scale than glitzier casinos in Montreal, Ottawa, etc., but there’s more than enough fun to be had in gambling here.
A smaller version of the Red Shores’ Charlottetown location may be found in Summerside. The Red Shores Summerside unfortunately hosts no table gaming, but does have about 40 slots and electronic games to enjoy; about a dozen of these are the so-called “video lottery terminals.” Players on a budget will definitely want to note that at both Red Shores casinos, most games are offered with a 1¢ denomination and only run up to $1.
The Summerside outlet opens at 11am daily, while the Charlottetown track opens at either 11am or noon depending on day of the week. Both are open year ‘round.