Gambling laws vary from country to country and can often be confusing for locals and tourists alike. So, it is well worth checking out what you can and cannot do before you travel.
But rest assured that gambling in Canada, for the most part, is very much allowed and also a whole lot of fun.
Gambling laws in Canada
While gambling is legal across the country, it is the online gambling laws that can cause confusion. In Canada, each province has the power to determine their own laws on the issue.
Therefore, any online casino needs a licence from the local authority to operate legally. The good news is that every Canadian province except Saskatchewan currently has an online casino.
Unlicensed offshore operators fall into a grey zone and can operate freely in the country. There is no law to prevent Canadians from playing offshore online casinos.
The rise in popularity of casino games
Lotteries remain the most popular gambling activity in Canada, with over half of Canadians playing a lottery in the past year. But not far behind, and growing in popularity, are casinos.
While super casinos reported a drop in revenues, internet gaming demand has rocketed, resulting in many provincial governments launching their own online casinos.
Top Luxury Canadian Casinos
While many people associate Vegas, Monaco, and London with the best casinos, it’s Canada that has some of the most spectacular casinos in the world. Offering incredible locations, great entertainment, and restaurants, plus lots of gaming action, Canadian casinos attract tourists from across the world.
We have rounded up a list of the finest luxury casinos and resorts Canada have to offer. All you have to do is book yourself a room and have some fun.
Caesars Windsor, Ontario
Winner of the AAA Four Diamond award, Caesars Windsor is a spectacular resort offering luxurious, modern accommodation. The hotel boasts 758 rooms across its two towers, with views overlooking the riverfront trails of Windsor and Detroit.
Facilities include a cafe, fitness room, swimming pool and spa, while food lovers can try out the signature restaurant, Nero’s Steakhouse. The Market Buffet, Legends Sports Bar, Pronto Café, and Johnny Rockets ensure that all tastes are catered for.
When it comes to gaming, Caesars Windsor offers an entire floor of casino action. With 85 gaming tables, 14 poker tables and an impressive 2200 slot machines vying for your attention, you will not be bored.
Casino Niagara, Ontario
If you thought the only reason to go to Niagara was for the waterfall, then you would be wrong. The Casino Niagara is just as spectacular and a must-see tourist attraction in its own right.
The 95,000 sq/ft casino is equipped with over 45 game tables and two action packed floors of slots featuring 1,300 machines. The variety of slot games means there is a variety of betting limits and progressive jackpots for players to choose from.
If cards are your thing, they have got 45 tables offering Blackjack, Mississippi Stud, Roulette and Spanish 21 to name a few. While Casino Niagara’s Poker room offers 26 tables and 24-hour service but be sure to book as they are popular.
Not only that, but the Niagara also offers a dedicated sports section with 50 HDTV’s to watch the game on. Plus, a great selection of live music, stand-up comedy, and selection of gourmet restaurants to cater for all tastes.
And did we mention the view? Spectacular.
River Rock Casino Resort, British Columbia
The largest casino in Western Canada, the River Rock Resort is located on the edge of the Fraser River. Measuring an impressive 70,000 sq/ft, this is Western Canada’s only Four-Diamond Casino Resort and it is easy to see why.
There is an impressively diverse game floor including over 1,100 slots, a dedicated poker room plus a high limit VIP room. With the most Baccarat tables in North America and all the classics like Roulette and Blackjack, you are sure to find a game for you.
Step away from the casino and you will discover multiple restaurants, lounges, and a luxurious 202-room suite hotel, swimming pool and spa. Throw in three venues offering live entertainment and it is no wonder River Rock has become an entertainment destination to locals and tourists alike.
Rise in popularity of online gambling
Fast, cheap, and easy internet access plus affordable mobile devices have made online gambling and casino games more accessible to Canadians. With players keen to play whenever and wherever they choose, more and more people are turning to their smartphones to gamble.
While the internet may not offer the luxury of a super casino, it offers many more benefits:
No longer are players restricted by opening times or their distance from a land-based casino. All you need to do is pick up a tablet, laptop, or smart phone.
The variety of games offered by online operators surpasses anything that land-based casinos can offer. Players are sure to find a game they want to play and that matches their skill level.
Numerous discounts and promotions online, mean players can access many games for free and enjoy the fun of playing at no risk. It’s also a great way to learn the game and practice skills.
Technology has transformed the online offering as operators compete to provide the best gaming experience. Customers can now interact with a real dealer in real time through video streaming and Virtual Reality.
While some people need the buzz of a super casino, others prefer the convenience of online gaming. But wherever and whenever you choose to play, there’s a casino out there waiting for you.
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