It is often the case that land-based casinos in Canada are linked to hotels or entertainment parks. The movement towards online gambling has meant that traditional brick and mortar establishments must diversify in order to survive. Such is the case with the Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino.
For anyone thinking of visiting Edmonton in Alberta Canada, Northlands Park is a worthwhile stopover. Located at 7410 Borden Park Rd NW, Edmonton, this is an extremely popular racetrack as well as a world-class gambling venue.
The gaming floor is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year from 9:30am through to 3am. While they are not operational 24 hours, they offer free parking around the clock, which is a welcoming sign for local travellers. Like many landbased casinos in Canada, the venue consists of a single floor with electronic games, food facilities, a restaurant and a lounge sports bar.
Northlands Park is a very modern gaming destination in that they do not offer the traditional table or card games. Instead, the venue is packed to the rafters with electronic gaming systems of every kind.
Slots are the first choice here, so if you are looking for landbased casinos in Canada that specialize in these reel spinning games, this venue has over 500 to choose from. This includes the latest releases, classic fruit style machines and progressive slots all under one roof. If you are looking to play a bit of Roulette or Blackjack, they do have the electronic versions, along with Video Poker and a few virtual sports games.
Despite the fact they don’t offer live table games, Northlands Park is one of the best Canadian land-based casino venues for players who want to be rewarded for visiting the establishment. Membership to the rewards program, called the JACKPOT Players Club is automatic. As per usual, the more you play, the more you are rewarded. The perks of being a reward member include meal discounts, free slots play, invitation to exclusive events, and trips to other Caesars Entertainment destinations, and entertainment rewards.
Northlands Park is home to the largest tiered restaurant in Western Canada. Aptly named the Colours restaurant, the facility has a total of 148 tables with 679 seats. Looking out over the iconic racetrack, it is the ideal place to view the action live on race day. The restaurant also comes with a personal TV at every booth.
Inside this popular landbased casino, the lounge sports bar is a sanctuary for sports lovers, with a multitude of widescreen televisions broadcasting the latest events, tournaments and races. The sports bar also serves a wide selection of sit-down and pub-style food.
Concessions is another restaurant/food venue providing quick and easy food for race fans and gamblers, and there is also a grill, with buffet style food for every taste.
While other gambling establishments have stylish hotels and huge entertainment venues, Northlands Park goes one better with one of the largest horse racing tracks in western Canada. The popular land-based casino is linked to the racetrack and offers gamblers a full-on thoroughbred racing and gambling experience throughout the year.
Obviously, the best time to visit is on race days when the horses are in action and the crowds fill the stadium. This is not a prerequisite though as track is also part of the largest simulcast Hub in Alberta. This means even when there is nothing happening at the particular track, they screen live races from across North America and Australia on four giant screens. Wagering can be done at mutual tellers, self-service kiosks or online.
A great option for anyone looking for landbased casinos in Canada that offer a bit more than the norm, this venue gets a great big thumbs up.