In May of 2019, Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited started construction on a new gambling facility in North Bay. According to the plans, Cascades Casino’s construction was supposed to take just over a year, scheduled to open in July 2020.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario’s health and safety protocols halted construction. After months of delays, the work finally resumed in early April 2021.
The exact date of the grand opening is still not set, mostly due to the unpredictability of the situation regarding the pandemic. The public health authorities in Ontario are still very cautious, and many existing casinos are either closed or operating with limited capacity.
Still, the continuation of work on the building definitely sounds promising, and the casino will likely be finished soon after increased gambling operations become possible in Ontario.
Cascades Casino North Bay — project background
Gateway Casinos and Entertainment, one of the largest Canadian gambling and entertainment companies, will open its new North Bay location just off Pinewood Park Drive. The construction will cost an estimated $31 million and include around 39,000 square feet of property.
Ground broke on May 31, 2019, and several months of construction took place before the pandemic brought that to a halt in early 2020. The workers received the green light to continue in November when they poured the concrete floor and did most of the electrical work. After another delay, the construction resumed again on April 5, 2021, this time, hopefully, without any further delays.
Cascades Casino will be another Gateway facility, joining a group of established casinos like Casino Rama, Gateway Sault Ste Marie, Grand Villa Casino Edmonton and others.
Cascades Casino North Bay gambling and amenities
The casino is expected to be finished as planned, meaning visitors can expect to find around 300 video slot machines and eight live table games. The casino has yet to release information about the exact game library, although we can expect slots, blackjack and roulette tables.
Other amenities will include bars, restaurants (Match Eatery & Public House and The Buffet), and an entertainment venue.
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When will Cascades Casino North Bay open?
Unfortunately, the exact date of the grand opening of Cascades Casino in North Bay is still unclear. The current situation in Ontario prevents many casinos from working their regular hours and operating under normal conditions. Current restrictions place a limit of no more than 50 people on a casino’s gambling floor.
Nevertheless, Gateway is fairly optimistic going forward and hopes for relaxed restrictions once the construction of the casino is close to finishing.