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november 16, 2017

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Casinos, Slots and Racing in Ontario

Ontario may not be Vegas, but it does have plenty of great opportunities to play games of chance (and skill). A recent decision by the OLG to sell about half of its casinos & slot machines to the private sector has put many of Ontario’s casinos in the hands of experienced operators who aim to modernize and improve Ontario’s offerings and use them as a draw for locals and tourists alike. While, as always, we ask you to play responsibly, we also want to remind you that Ontario is a great place to play!


article1_nov162017.jpgThere are casinos around the province, from Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury and Thunder Bay in the north, to Casino Rama and Shorelines Belleville in Central, to Shorelines Thousand Islands in Eastern, to Great Blue Heron and the proposed Woodbine Casino in GTA to Casino Niagara and Fallsview in Niagara, to Casino du Lac-Leamy and Hard Rock/Rideau Carlton in Ottawa, to Brantford, London, Hanover, Dresden, Clinton & Point Edward in SW. If you’re looking for a fun evening of playing, you won’t have to go far. The fun thing about casinos these days though, is that you don’t only need to go for the games. Most have world-class entertainment, outstanding restaurants and great ambiance.  So make a plan to visit and take it all in!


article2_nov162017.jpgOLG still runs a bunch of OLG slots locations around the province and this is where you head if you are looking for Slots and table games. Open 24/7, you can stop in at any time for a quick visit or a longer one. Some of the OLG locations have entertainment (although not usually the same big names as the casinos), most have casual dining and some quick eats, and some also offer horse racing for your viewing pleasure! As with the casinos, please play responsibly. Our reco…don’t bring in more money than you can afford to lose.

Horse Racing

article3_nov162017.jpgOntario has a long history of horse racing and is home to the Queen's Plate, one of the world's premier thoroughbred racing events and North America’s oldest annual stakes race.  There are several places to watch horse racing in Ontario, including Woodbine Racetrack, Mohawk RacetrackFlamboro Downs, Canada's fastest half-mile track, Fort Erie RacetrackGeorgian DownsRideau-Carleton Raceway, Hiawatha Horse Park & Grand River Raceway.  You may not know this, but children are welcome to watch horse racing in Ontario and it is actually a really fun place for a family outing. Just remember, you must be 18 to place a wager and 19 to enter the slots areas.

Car Racing

article4_nov162017.jpgPrefer your racing with wheels, not legs? Toronto Motorsports Park (Cayuga), Flamboro Speedway (near Hamilton), Delaware Speedway (London), Brighton Speedway & Peterborough Speedway offer everything from drag racing & pro Stock, to roadsters & CASCAR sanctioned stock cars. Kids are welcome at these tracks too, and Toronto Motorsports Park even have opportunities for racers as young as 5 to race half scale dragsters, even before getting a driver’s license! Don’t forget about the annual Honda Indy if you love to watch racing too – it races through the streets of downtown Toronto and it rocks!


Featured Events

Cavalcade of Lights

Nov 25, 2017
Nathan Phillips Square, GTA

event1_nov162017.jpgJoin the celebration at Nathan Phillips Square in anticipation of another great holiday season. The annual holiday tradition features the lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas Tree and is truly a celebration for this multi-cultural city with live music, a fireworks show and a skating party on the beautiful outdoor rink. All free!

Gift of Lights

 Nov 17, 2017 – Jan 6th, 2018
at Bingeman’s, Kitchener (SW Ontario)

event2_nov162017.jpgTake the kids and grandparents through this family-friendly 2 KM drive. You’ll see a beautiful holiday light display featuring a 200 foot light tunnel and more than 30 awe-inspiring still & animated light displays! There are Fall & Winter activities too.

Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade

Nov 18, 2017 at 11:00 am
Downtown Niagara Falls

event3_nov162017.jpgThis is a great excuse to spend the day or weekend in beautiful Niagara Falls. Everyone will love the marching bands, colourful floats, stilt walkers, dancers, performers and more. Then take the opportunity to visit the Falls, ride the Hornblower, go through the maze at Crystal Caves, see the view from Skylon Tower or stroll through the shops in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Featured gaming: 

featured_nov162017.jpgTen years ago, there were more than 6,000 charities raising funds at ~230 bingo halls, but this number has declined dramatically. To generate interest and raise more funds for local communities, OLG Charitable Gaming has stepped in & now offers classic bingo games like paper bingo, paper break-open tickets and instant tickets as well as modern games like eBingo, electronic break-opens & Play On Demand games at 31 charitable bingo centres across the province. These centres have raised over $150 million for local communities, so you can have fun AND do good!



ont_nov162017.jpgWatson’s Mill
Did you know that Watson’s Mill in Manotick is said to be haunted? Yes – it’s true! The Mill is apparently haunted by the ghost of Ann Crosby Currier, the beautiful 20 year old wife of the mill’s original owner Joseph Currier, who was shattered by her sudden and tragic death in 1861. Reported sightings of her on the 2nd floor of the Mill occur regularly.

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