Canadians currently enjoy a variety of gambling activities. Although all types of gambling was originally outlawed according to the 1892 Canadian Criminal Code, the government gradually legalized various forms of gaming. Raffles and bingo were legalized in 1900 and horse racing was okayed in 1910.
In 1980, the first year-round charitable casino, Cash Casino, opened in Calgary. The Crystal Casino, the first year-round commercial casino, opened its doors in 1989 in Winnipeg.
Now some kinds of gambling are allowed in each of the ten Canadian provinces and three territories. Canada has approximately 100 land-based casinos, 70 horseracing tracks and tons of slot machines and video lottery terminals (VLTs).
The legal age to gamble in Canada varies according to the province and the type of gambling. To enter a casino, you must be 18 or older in Quebec, Manitoba or Alberta and 19 or older in all of the other provinces. Scratch-ticket and lotteries can be played by anyone ages 18 and up in all Canadian provinces.
Because gambling is limited in this part of the world, it’s worth mentioning that the land based options are more prevalent at the various Ottawa Gatineau Casinos, where the Casino du Lac-Leamy offers gamers 70,644 square feet of gaming space.
Gambling in Newfoundland and Labrador
There are currently no land-based Newfoundland and Labrador casinos because casino-style gaming is still illegal in this province. You can purchase lotteries and scratch tickets, however and enjoy placing bets at the racetracks if you are looking for some live-action gaming fun.
Canadian law distinguishes between slot machines and video lottery terminals (VLTs). Although slot machines are illegal in Newfoundland and Labrador, licensed businesses can have up to five VLTs in their establishment.
Online Gambling Delight
Fortunately, online casinos allow you to enjoy gaming from the comfort of your own home--no matter your location. Just log in and visit an online casino Canada to play your favorite casino game, whether that be slots games, roulette, poker or blackjack.
Internet casinos allow you to log in and visit your favorite online casino Canada anytime and from anywhere you have internet access. These casinos design their sites to recreate the sounds, sights and ambiance of land-based casinos. Many online casinos also provide nice incentives, great bonuses and live dealers so you feel like you are right there in the middle of the live gaming action.