Not every Canadian gambler will have the time nor patience to fly into Las Vegas every weekend. For those who want to gamble “Sin City” style, we introduce to you alternatives that are equally fun.
You don’t necessarily have to live in Las Vegas to gamble like a Vegas superstar. How can we prove this? Whether you’re from Montréal, Toronto, Calgary or any small city in between, you’re probably aware of the wonderful casino establishments located right here on Canadian soil. In case you’ve been sleeping the last several years, or busy winning jackpots from online casino games, we’d like to present several ideas for the next time you want “a Vegas experience” without leaving Canada.
Fallsview Resort, Niagara Falls
With well over 3000 extremely loose slot machines, and 2 ½ million square feet of available floor space, the pride of Niagara Falls resides on the Canadian side of the massive waterfall. Although you can easily see the American side of this massive waterway, true Canadian bravado can only be found walking the massive floors of the second largest casino in Canada. Tourists will also find 130 challenging gaming tables and plenty of hotel space should you wish to avoid driving an excessive distance after losing all your money. We loosely compare this resort to Atlantic City.
River Rock Casino Resort, Richmond, B.C
The only 4-star casino and hotel located on the western part of Canada, aggressive gamblers are finding out that there’s more to British Columbia than just Vancouver. This charismatically built hidden fortress offers high stakes VIP rooms, well over 1000 slot machines and plenty of gaming tables to keep everyone from blackjack freaks to baccarat junkies busy most of the night. The hotel is adorned with a fitness center, spa, and plenty of accommodation space for you and millions of your gambling foes. Sure, if you get hungry, there’s plenty to eat since the casino offers gourmet dining at its finest.
Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino, Windsor
Sneak under the Windsor Tunnel from Detroit, or drive southwest from Toronto, and you’ll find this incredibly large, 16 year young luxury casino ushered into the scene during the 1998 construction boom of Canada. Caesars’ name, itself, is already synonymous with high stakes gambling; southern Ontario draws a considerable amount of gaming revenue from this monstrous establishment every month. A 27-story tower, on-site shopping center and thousands of games to occupy both the novice and expert gambler highlight this establishment, which we find is pretty close to the Caesars in Las Vegas in terms of things to do, and overall landscape.
Stoney Nakoda Resort, Alberta
If you’re bored watching the Calgary Flames, are too far to see the Edmonton Oilers, and need something to do for 48 hours while your wife visits the in-laws, Stoney Nakoda Resort is the place to be. While much smaller than the previously listed hotel and resorts, luxurious accommodations and high stakes poker tables merge quite nicely here. The resort is well known for its gourmet cooking, its easy access to Calgary and its Las Vegas appeal without the Vegas expenses. Many of well renowned Canadian gamers visit this hideaway quite frequently, meaning it’s perfect for either families looking to escape big-city turmoil or singles looking to improve their poker game.
Casino Rama, Rama, Ontario
Big-time entertainers, frequent gamblers, and those seeking “small town feel” with Las Vegas appeal shoot north of Toronto to Casino Rama. Having drawn big name acts like Wilson Phillips, Lone Star, and other major country acts, this casino proves that you don’t have to go to Las Vegas to get the entertainment that Sin City often draws. You’ll find several quaint dining areas along with 300 slot machines, plenty of hotel space, and even some country scenery if you’re bored or have lost all of your savings account money.
Casino Nova Scotia, Halifax
Atlantic Coast gamblers that would rather head north would find the largest Atlantic-based casino establishment which has drawn big name acts like Cheap Trick. Halifax is already drawing investor praise because of its locality and financial stability; tourists can witness not only a city full of growth and potential, but throw down on keno, blackjack, and baccarat in a relatively new environment.
Those seeking a second honeymoon would find this Nova Scotia retreat a nice alternative to flying 4000 miles into the United States for the same effect.
While this list is by no means exclusive, we took into account several major factors that gamers would like to experience without having to fly an excessive amount of miles to obtain such experiences. Stay tuned as we continually add more posh casinos to our already growing library of hot spots.