Casinos were legalized in Canada in the 1980s and there are now a number of casinos all over the country. Unlike many other comparable countries, casinos in Canada are often located at racetracks, while there are also a number First Nation operated venues to choose from. The specialist Canadian site has more info on these and the Canadian gaming scene in general.

10 – Hastings Racecourse

Four miles from downtown Vancouver, both casino games and live thoroughbred racing can be enjoyed all year round at Hastings Racecourse. There are more than 500 slots to choose from, while racing enthusiasts can bet on both live racing and simulcasts from around the world. There is a variety of both formal and casual dining options to enjoy, while the mountain views are probably the best at any casino venue in Canada.

09 – Great Blue Heron Casino

Owned and operated by Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, Great Blue Heron Casino is located in greater Toronto at Port Perry and is a charity casino where profits go to local and national charitable organisations. Featuring more than 500 slots and 60 different table games, there is also a poker room and a regular programme of tournaments. Players can also enjoy a variety of dining options as well.

08 – Elements Casino

Located at the Fraser Downs Racetrack, about forty minutes from downtown Vancouver in British Columbia, Elements Casino is open 24/7 and offers a range of more than 500 slots (operated using coinless technology), along with a regular programme of tournaments. There are plenty of table games and poker as well, while racing fans can watch simulcast race broadcasts from around the world all year round.

07 – Northlands Park

You can enjoy both slots games and horse racing in downtown Edmonton at Northlands Park, a popular gaming venue which is open from 9.30am – 3am 364 days a year. As well as more than 550 of the latest slots, there are 120 days of thoroughbred and harness racing each year, and you can also bet on other races from around the world. There is a frequent programme of tournaments and a membership scheme that rewards its regular players.

06 – Cascade Casino

Located to the south-east of downtown Vancouver in Langley BC, Cascade Casino has a great range of more than 800 slots to enjoy, along with classic table games (such as blackjack, baccarat and roulette) and a 24/7 poker room. Featuring a hotel and spa, a vibrant entertainment programme and a bevy of dining options, Cascade Casino also hosts private functions and meetings in its convention centre.

05 – River Rock Casino Resort

With more than 1,100 slots, poker and table games, River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond BC also offers off-track betting on thoroughbred and harness racing, along with a huge range of entertainment and dining options. Open 24/7, there is a selection of hotel packages to suit all budgets, as well as spa and other relaxation and wellbeing facilities throughout the resort.

04 – Casino Niagara

Poker and slots players have a great range of games to choose from at Casino Niagara, which is located about 90 minutes from downtown Toronto. Established in 1996, there are more than 1,300 slots games to choose from, as well as a great selection of table games and poker tables. Sports betting is also available, and there are plenty of dining and entertainment options to choose from.

03 – Woodbine Racetrack

About to undergo a major redevelopment of both its gaming and entertainment facilities, Woodbine Racetrack in greater Toronto currently has more than 2,500 slots but is set to expand to around 5000 games, as well as live dealer table games such as blackjack and poker. There is a racing programme all year round and several of Canada’s major races are hosted here, while the new development will also include a new $50 million entertainment complex.

02 – Casino Rama

One of the most popular casinos in greater Toronto and one of the largest in the country, Casino Rama is a First Nation gaming venue where you can enjoy a huge range of more than 2,500 slots, table games and card games such as poker, while also kicking back and enjoying the luxury resort facilities. Open 24/7, Casino Rama is located about two hours north of downtown Toronto.

01 – Fallsview Casino Resort

Located near Niagara Falls, Fallsview Casino Resort has more than 3000 slots to choose from, as well as a huge range of video poker and table games, including casino classics such as blackjack, baccarat, roulette and craps. Poker players can sit down at tables offering Texas Hold’em, Omaha, three-card poker and Sic Bo. A full-scale entertainment venue, there are more than twenty different restaurants, bars, nightclubs and luxury spas.

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