Great Canadian Casino Company Ltd. is formed and begins operating temporary charity casinos in a variety of locations, often training staff on-site, and operates the PNE’s casino and midway games at the annual fair.



Great Canadian opens its first permanent location, The Casino at the Holiday Inn on
Broadway in Vancouver on February 21, 1986.
Great Canadian opens Nanaimo Casino, the first permanent casino on Vancouver Island, in the summer.

  • Great Canadian hires its first employees May 1, 1987.
  • British Columbia Gaming Commission is formed.
  • The Red Lion Casino opens in Victoria.
  • The Richmond Casino opens.
  • The Langley Casino opens.


1988 1992
■ The Guildford Casino opens.  ■ Mayfair Casino opens.
■ The Langley Casino closes


  • The Renaissance Casino in Vancouver opens.
  • 1994

  • The Guildford Casino closes transferring
    its license to The Newton Casino.


Gaming in British Columbia is expanded to include longer hours, a wider variety of table games, and for the first time – slot machines. Great Canadian Gaming Corporation was created March 15, 1997. Great Canadian Casinos Inc. was incorporated July 9, 1997.

1998 1999
■ The charity casino system is replaced and British Columbia Lottery Corporation assumes oversight of all casinos in the province.  ■ The Red Lion Casino in Victoria closes
■ The Nanaimo Casino is relocated.  2000
■ No smoking in British Columbia casinos as
of January 01, 2000. 
  • Great Canadian opens two new properties in British Columbia: View Royal Casino in Victoria and Coquitlam Casino in Coquitlam.
  • Mayfair Casino in Victoria closes December 2001.
  • The Newton Casino in Surrey closes November 2001.



Great Canadian trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Great Canadian opens River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, establishing a new standard for entertainment in British Columbia. The Company also enters the horseracing industry, acquiring the historic Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver. Great Canadian acquires Bear Mountain Community Gaming Centre in Dawson Creek. Great Canadian acquires 100% control of Great American Gaming Corporation and their 4 casinos in Tukwila, Everett, Kent, and Lakewood, in Washington State. The Richmond Casino and the Renaissance Casino close transferring licenses and operations to River Rock Casino Resort.

  • Great Canadian expands across the country, acquiring Casino Nova Scotia with two properties in Halifax and Sydney; and two racetracks in Ontario, Georgian Downs and Flamboro Downs.
  • In British Columbia, Great Canadian acquires Fraser Downs Racetrack & Casino in Cloverdale.
  • River Rock Casino Resort expands, adding a Four Diamond hotel of two towers and a 1,000 seat show theatre.
  • The Coquitlam Casino completes a significant redevelopment, becoming Boulevard Casino and nearly tripling in size.


■ Bear Mountain Community Gaming Centre relocates
to a new location and becomes Chances Dawson
Creek Community Gaming Centre.
■ In conjunction with the closure of the Casino at the Holiday Inn on Broadway, Fraser Downs Racetrack & Casino adds table games to its gaming options.
■ Great Canadian acquires Haney BingoPlex in Maple Ridge, BC.
■ Great Canadian completes the redevelopment of Hastings Racecourse, adding a 600-slot permanent gaming facility.


River Rock Casino Resort welcomes the Canada Line, Vancouver’s newest mass transit system, and completes extensive enhancements including Canada’s only curved escalators. Georgian Downs adds gaming capacity. View Royal Casino expands adding a parkade and additional gaming space.

2010 2011
■ Haney Bingo Plex expands with the addition of 100 slot
    machines becoming Maple Ridge Community
   Gaming Centre.
■ Great Canadian expands River Rock Casino
   Resort adding a third, four diamond, hotel tower.
■ Following a renovation, Casino Nanaimo rebrands. ■ Great Canadian acquires Chilliwack Bingo.
2012 2013
■ Fraser Downs Racetrack & Casino
   opens Poker Room in March.
■ Maple Ridge Community Gaming Centre relocates to a
   new location and becomes Chances Maple Ridge
   Community Gaming Centre in October 2013.
■ Chilliwack Bingo relocates to a new location and
   becomes Chances Chilliwack Community
   Gaming Centre in November 2012.
■ Canada’s one and only Hard Rock Casino Vancouver
   opened its doors on December 20, 2013, following a
   multi-million dollar renovation and rebranding of the
   Boulevard Casino.