This is a picture of the Rideau Carleton Raceway casino located about 20 km’s from down town Ottawa. It is associated with the race track that has been at this location for many years and effectively kept the race track alive. Many people no longer go to the races for dinner and betting, preferring to spend their time in the casino. Apparently the race track venues were gradually succumbing to other forms of competition and the casino is the only thing that has kept them alive across Ontario.
The Rideau Carleton Raceway transfers money to both the race track group as well as the city of Ottawa every year as part of the agreement for being located on this property. For a complete review of this casino and links to other pages and casinos, click on Las Vegas Hotel Casino Reviews.
Many people come to the Rideau Carleton Raceway for dinner 7 days a week. You can order off a menu, however most people will enjoy the buffet. There are a lot of choices, however we have found that the presentation and quality is not what we enjoy and as a result we personally never go to the buffet. It is crowded every weekend so there are many that do enjoy it.
The grounds of the Rideau Carleton Raceway are perfect for many venues, such as the Ottawa Fair and various musical events. They have lots of parking which is free and there are is a great deal of space for flea markets, for food markets etc.
The casino is run by the OLG or the Ontario Lottery Group. They run all of the casinos and lotteries across Ontario. They do an ok job, however like any government organization they are slow and bureaucratic in terms of making changes. We have been to many casinos across North America. We have found that these casinos are just plain slow when it comes to making changes or updating machines. However they are the only game in town, they really do not have to worry about competition so why should they make an effort to improve service and be competitive.
We have occasionally ordered a sandwich at the bar inside the casino. The bar tenders can only work with what they are given. However the quality of the sandwiches are not the best. They are made hours before, stored in a fridge, wrapped in saran wrap and served on a plastic plate. You would think they could do better. Most of the time they do not have the full advertised selection available. There is also soup and hot dogs available. The hot dogs are warmed up in the microwave and the soup is not bad, but very salty.
On Saturday nights at the Rideau Carleton Raceway casino they also have a wing night. In fact it is one of the best things they have available and they are reasonably priced.
They are now talking about locating a casino in downtown Ottawa. Or out at the Scotia bank place were they play hockey. Personally we would like to see another casino in Ottawa to provide more competition. We would like to see the Rideau Carleton Raceway casino remain open. It is easy to get to, and there is free parking. Patrons do not have to deal with traffic down town. For those people who have a problem with gambling, it might be too easy for workers down town to slip into the casino at lunch to play . At least with the Rideau Carleton Raceway casino , you have to drive to the casino. This takes some thought , effort and time.