January 16, 2023 3 min read


Great Canadian’s Pickering Casino Resort Opens to the Public

The casino resort near downtown Toronto will continue to enhance the guest experience in the coming weeks and months

Canadian land-based gaming and hospitality group Great Canadian Entertainment announced the opening of Pickering Casino Resort Hotel and its amenities.

Premier Accommodation and Modern Amenities

The brand-new C$500 million ($373 million) Pickering Casino Resort Hotel is located east of downtown Toronto and features a 96,000 square foot casino, Great Canadian Sportsbook, a 2500-seat theater and event space, dining venues, and flexible meeting space.

Matthew Anfilson, recently appointed as chief executive officer of Great Canadian Entertainment, outlined the group’s commitment “to offering the very best in entertainment” in Canada, “continually heightening the experience for … guests,” as well as continuing the investment in the communities in which the group operates.

Designed with a residential feel and conveniences and featuring city of lake views, rooms are ranging from 388 square feet to 775 square feet, including 33 spacious suites with separate living space, and are equipped with superior amenities, including free WiFi, fridge, safe and 55-inch smart TVs, as well as enclosed parking.

Pickering Casino Resort is a great example of our vision to introduce multi-venue attractions that anchor the very best in hospitality, dining, and entertainment, while allowing us to create over 1,000 meaningful jobs and provide significant economic benefit for Durham region.

Matthew Anfilson, CEO, Great Canadian Entertainment

Anfilson added that he is looking forward to bringing more news over the coming weeks as more dining and amenities are expected to open.

Located within a short drive from downtown Toronto, Pickering Casino Resort Hotel also presents a perfect destination for business and leisure activities, complementing premier accommodation with flexible meeting and event space and offering modern technology to support conferences, corporate meetings and retreats.

The 2,500-seat entertainment venue is scheduled to host its first live event at the end of January and is expected to continue to feature the best in concerts, sports and special events onwards.

Expansive Casino Floor, Plenty of Dining Options

The casino of the resort features 2,200 slots, more than 90 table games and around 140 “live dealer” stadium gaming terminals, as well as a dedicated sportsbook lounge, Great Canadian Sportsbook, offering fans to watch domestic and international sporting events while enjoying food and a drink and casually placing a wager at the self-servicing betting kiosks.

Dining options comprise a Hong Kong seafood restaurant, Sun Sui Wah, popular in Vancouver with its warm hospitality and elevated cuisine, CA-SU-AL, a pub offering a wide variety of local craft beer, Rock House Grill, offering a variety of local café favorites and a casual vibe atmosphere at breakfast, lunch and dinner, and ZIOs, an Italian pizzeria serving fresh Italian pizza, pasta and sandwiches.

Five other restaurants are scheduled to open this winter and further elevate the dining experience at the resort, while new amenities such as a motion pool, health and fitness club, and 24-hour business center are planned to open in the coming weeks.

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