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.
|■ The Guildford Casino opens.||■ Mayfair Casino opens.|
|■ The Langley Casino closes|
- The Renaissance Casino in Vancouver opens.
- 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.
- 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 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.