What is the Canadian equivalent to Las Vegas? Well, if you are looking for the province with the most casinos in Canada, Ontario is the place to be. And while visitors to Las Vegas have to take a three-hour journey to the Grand Canyon, the province boasts many casinos with outstanding views of Lake Ontario and Niagara Falls.
Las Vegas is synonymous with the gambling and entertainment industry. While it is difficult for other casino destinations to match the Nevada city as it is such an iconic casino location, it is possible for other casinos to follow the Las Vegas template. This has also led to online casinos capitalizing on the association with Las Vegas by creating online offerings based on the gambling capital of the world. One example is the William Hill Vegas casino where players have the opportunity to play live casino games such as the traditional card games blackjack, baccarat and poker, alongside roulette, craps and jackpot slots.
The Las Vegas influence is reflected in the casinos located in Ontario. The province borders the US states of Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York, which means that the casinos in Ontario are particularly popular with US citizens from these states who want to avoid taking the long trip to Las Vegas.
Here are just some of the casino highlights that Ontario has to offer:
Fallsview Casino Resort
As the name suggests, the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls provides breathtaking views of Horseshoe Falls. The casino, which is built on a cliff overlooking the waterfalls, offers the full casino experience to players with over 3,500 slot machines and 130 gaming tables. The casino also features a luxury hotel which includes a spa, theater and many different restaurants.
Casino Rama Resort
The Casino Rama Resort is a paradise for slot players with over 1,780 slots available. Alongside the casino, the Casino Rama Resort also offers ten restaurants and bars with all manner of themes, from Asian cuisine to traditional steakhouses. The Casino Rama Resort regularly hosts top-quality acts, including comedian Jerry Seinfeld, American singer-songwriter Jason Derulo and Don Henley, a former singer with The Eagles. Later this year, visitors to the casino will have the opportunity to see the legendary American rock band The Beach Boys.
Grand River Raceway
The Grand River Raceway is a racetrack with a difference. It features harness racing, which means the horses are not ridden. Instead, the drivers sit in a sulky, a light two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle. When the racing is over, customers can try their luck at the on-site casino, which offers electronic table games such as roulette, baccarat, blackjack and Sic Bo.
Casino de Montréal in Quebec
However, no mention of casinos in Canada would be complete without mentioning the Casino de Montréal in Ontario’s neighbouring province, Quebec. The Quebec casino is the largest in Canada and one of its biggest attractions is the Las Vegas-style cabaret experience. This includes musical acts, comedy shows and sporting events, such as boxing.
Cabaret with shows such as Elyzabeth Diaga – Queens of Rock, which provides a tribute to rock goddesses by the Montreal-born singer and winner of The Voice Quebec 2020, Elyzabeth Diaga. Indeed, Diaga recently celebrated her own residency on the Las Vegas strip.
So, we can see that Las Vegas has influenced casinos across the world and Canada is no exception. Casinos in Ontario offer players a full casino experience with restaurants and cabaret acts.
Casinos in Canada have an important edge over Las Vegas. The stunning nature of Ontario provides visitors with breathtaking views. Don’t forget that neighboring Quebec also has top-class casinos at its disposal and this is something to take into account when planning your next trip to Ontario or Quebec.