Outside of Vegas, Ontario is the best place to gamble in North America. With so many quality resorts situated close to the border, Ontario is a convenient getaway for US residents on the lookout for some casino action. Whether you live in the Great Lakes or anywhere else in the North-east US region, there is an Ontario casino just a few hour’s drive away. Here are our top casino resorts in the Province of Opportunity.
Fallsview Casino Resort, Niagara Falls
The Niagara Falls borders region is home to plenty of top-drawer casinos, but the Fallsview is the pick of the bunch. Indeed, this facility is definitely the largest and probably the most elegant gambling resort in the whole of Canada. With over 3,000 slot and video poker machines and 130 table games including roulette, blackjack and craps available, there is something here for every gambler, from the casual visitor to the seasoned pro. The resort includes a luxury hotel with views over the falls themselves, as well as gourmet restaurants, a spa and a movie theatre.
Just across the river from Detroit, Windsor is a convenient place for Michiganers to get to. The Caesar’s-branded casino on the Canadian side is an excellent entertainment destination which is well worth a visit. As well as offering the full suite of casino games that you would expect from Caesar’s, this joint is the best in the Great Lakes for blackjack, even offering a progressive blackjack jackpot game with the pot starting at an amazing $50,000. Since blackjack is known to be a game of skill and judgment, make sure to brush up on some advanced blackjack strategies before your visit, to maximize your chances of winning.
Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands
Situated on the St. Lawrence River, close to Ottawa and just 10 minutes from the US border, the charming town of Gananoque is always worth a visit for its natural beauty. The local Shorelines casino makes a trip here even more worthwhile, as the range of games on offer is very impressive. Over 500 slot games are on offer including classic favourites such as Wheel Of Fortune, Monopoly and Jackpot Party Progressive. Shorelines also has a decent range of table games, and roulette, poker and blackjack fans will not be disappointed. The casino really sets itself apart from the rest thanks to its dining facilities, where you can enjoy gourmet fish dishes while overlooking the river.
Woodbine Entertainment, Toronto
While Canada’s largest city doesn’t quite have the casinos to rival the Niagara Falls region, the Woodbine horse racing track on Rexdale Boulevard does have an excellent gaming facility on site. Slot fans in particular will love the choice of games on offer, with many of them based around popular film and TV shows. Titles such as The Walking Dead, Caddyshack and Jurassic Park are among the most popular, while you can even enjoy slot games based around more niche shows like Game of Thrones and biker drama Sons of Anarchy, meaning there is literally something for everyone at the Woodbine. Recently the Woodbine has sadly retired most of the table games, however, the electronic versions remain, including Baccarat, Double Zero Roulette and Royal Match Blackjack.
These were our top 4, but the truth is that Ontario has many more quality casinos where you can enjoy the thrill of the spinning roulette wheel or a hand of poker. Do you have some recommendations for great casinos in the Ontario province? Let us know in the comments.
This article was updated on 9-24-2018