Raceways & Casinos

In Ontario, horse racing and associated wagering has had a long history. Casino gaming, on the other hand, was only established in 1993. With the horse racing industry struggling for some time, slot machines were introduced at racetracks in 1998, in an effort to boost the industry. Efforts continue to rejuvenate horse racing and have gathered momentum.

In Ontario today, Raceways, Casinos, as well as combined Raceway / Gaming venues are still in operation. Raceways typically operate between May and September, while Casinos and Gaming venues are open year round.

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Raceways: Central OntarioEastern OntarioSouthwestern OntarioNortheastern Ontario
Casinos: Central OntarioEastern OntarioSouthwestern OntarioNortheastern Ontario
Raceway & Gaming: Central OntarioEastern OntarioSouthwestern OntarioNortheastern Ontario

Brief History of Horse Racing in Ontario
Informal horse racing began in the late 1700s in Upper Canada (now Ontario). Races were held periodically among military officers and local citizens. By the early to mid 1800s more formal race courses were established. Although horse racing was growing in popularity, Upper Canada still lacked adequate breeding stock. It was hoped that securing a sizeable purse – specifically one with royal prestige – would encourage breeders from the United States or Great Britain to bring quality horses to Canada.

In 1859, the Toronto Turf Club petitioned Governor General Edmund Walker Head for an annual horse racing prize to be awarded by Queen Victoria. Victoria granted a plate of 50 guineas, and the Queen’s Plate was first held the following June.

Today, the Queen’s Plate forms a third of the events in the Canadian Triple Crown, a series of 3 annual thoroughbred horse races. Unlike the American Triple Crown, the Canadian Triple Crown involves 3 different types of surfaces: polytrack, dirt and turf. The Triple Crown is one of the last few big events on the Canadian horseracing calendar.

Raceways

EASTERN ONTARIO
KAWARTHA DOWNS AND SPEEDWAY
Fraserville / Peterborough County
Harness Racing – Stock Car Racing
website / google maps

SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO
FORT ERIE RACE TRACK
Fort Erie / Niagara Region
Thoroughbred Racing – Dining
website / google maps

Casinos

CENTRAL ONTARIO
CASINO RAMA RESORT
Orillia / Simcoe County
Table Games – Slots – Entertainment – Dining – Hotel – Spa
website / google maps

GREAT BLUE HERON CASINO
Port Perry / Durham Region
Table Games – Slots – Poker – Tournaments – Dining
website / google maps

EASTERN ONTARIO
SHORELINES CASINO THOUSAND ISLAND
Gananoque / Leeds & Grenville
Table Games – Slots – Entertainment –Dining
website / google maps

SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO
CAESARS WINDSOR HOTEL & CASINO
Windsor / Essex County
Table Games – Slots – Sport Wagering – Poker – Entertainment – Dining – Hotel – Spa
website / google maps

NIAGARA FALLSVIEW CASINO
Niagara Falls / Niagara Region
Table Games – Slots – Poker – Tournaments – Entertainment –Dining – Hotel – Spa
website / google maps

CASINO NIAGARA
Niagara Falls / Niagara Region
Table Games – Slots – Tournaments – Sport Wagering – Entertainment –Dining
website / google maps

NORTHEASTERN ONTARIO
GATEWAY CASINOS – Sault Ste Marie
Sault Ste Marie / Algoma District
Table Games – Slots – Dining
website / google maps

NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO
Gateway Casino Thunder Bay
Thunder Bay / Thunder Bay District
Table Games – Slots – Dining
website / google maps

Raceways & Gaming

CENTRAL ONTARIO
MOHAWK RACETRACK & OLG SLOTS
Campbellville / Halton Region
Harness Racing – Slots
website / google maps

EASTERN ONTARIO
RIDEAU CARLETON RACEWAY & CASINO
Gloucester / Ottawa
Harness Racing – Slots – Electronic Tables – Dining
website / google maps

SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO
GRAND RIVER RACEWAY & RACEWAY
Elora / Wellington County
Harness Racing – Slots – Casual Dining
website / google maps

WESTERN FAIR RACEWAY & GATEWAY SLOTS ELORA
London / Middlesex County
Harness Racing – Slots – Dining
raceway website / slots website / google maps

DRESDEN RACEWAY & GATEWAY SLOTS DRESDEN
Dresden / Chatham-Kent
Harness Racing – Slots – Dining
raceway website / slots website / google maps

CLINTON RACEWAY & GATEWAY SLOTS CLINTON
Clinton / Huron County
Harness Racing – Slots – Dining
raceway website / slots website / google maps

HANOVER RACEWAY & GATEWAY SLOTS HANOVER
Hanover / Grey County
Harness Racing – Slots – Dining
raceway website / slots website / google maps

Additional Locations

OLG Slots at Ajax Downs (Ajax)
Brantford Charity Casino (Brantford)
OLG Casino Point Edward (Point Edward)
OLG Slots at Georgian Downs (Innisfil)
Shorelines Casino Belleville (Belleville)
OLG Slots at Sudbury Downs (Chelmsford)
Gateway Casinos Woodstock (Woodstock)
Chances Gaming Lounge (Leamington)
Jackpot City Gaming (Sarnia)
Boardwalk Gaming Centre (Barrie)

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