The casino industry in Canada got a big boost Wednesday with the news that the CAD$1 billion Great Canadian Casino Resort Toronto will open its doors this summer.
The hotel-casino, located on 33 acres adjacent to Woodbine Racetrack at the intersections of Highways 401 and 427 a short drive from the downtown core of Canada’s biggest city, will feature a 400-room hotel, modern Vegas-style casino with 4,800 slot machines and 145 table games, 5,000-seat live-entertainment venue, and multiple on-site dining options.
The resort will be marked by its architecture designed by CGL Architects in association with Chris Dikeakos Architects.
The development includes a major expansion of the existing casino, as well as pool, spa, and retail facilities integrated with the existing racetrack operations.
Guests will enter through a grand lobby or central hub and be directed to the casino, racing, hotel, and performance venue. There will be dynamic sights off viewing platforms and the promenade along the racetrack apron will feature restaurant terraces and open landscaped space.
The existing Casino Woodbine will continue to operate until the new resort makes its debut.
“We see this as an unprecedented opportunity to introduce an entirely new world-class experience in Canada that will bring together the best in casino gaming, live entertainment, dining, and accommodation in one very special place,” said Matthew Anfinson, chief executive officer, Great Canadian Entertainment.
“We will reveal more about what this landmark destination will feature and what our guests can expect in the coming weeks, including the announcement of an opening date.”
Great Canadian Entertainment owns 25 gaming, entertainment, and hospitality facilities in Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.