Overview of Gambling in Québec, Canada

Québec is located in central-eastern Canada, with a population of almost 8.6 million. Although the population is mainly French-speaking (the province's official language), a sizeable Anglophone community can be found in Montréal. It seems only fitting that Québec is the second-most populous province in Canada since it is also the largest province. In fact, it is three times the size of France!

Gambling regulation in Québec

As with all provinces, the Québec government has significant autonomy over gambling in Québec, providing that they do not contradict the Canadian Criminal Code. Section 204 of the Code makes pari-mutuel horse racing an exception. This is because it is regulated at the federal level.

The provincial government's Crown corporation Loto Québec is responsible for operating lotteries, video lottery terminals, bingo, land-based casinos, gaming halls, kinzo and online gambling. It was founded in 1969 and headquartered in Montréal, Québec. This was the same year that the Société des loteries du Québec Act was passed to legalize games of chance.

Québec gambling laws state that the minimum age in Québec to participate in gambling is 18 and over. In all cases, participants must be resident and physically present in Québec to qualify.

The Québec Lottery began in March 1970 and includes instant games such as scratch tickets. These come in different themes (and prize values) such as Scrabble, Mots Cachés, Jeu de Mots, Wheel of Fortune and 7 Chanceux.

Lottery draws such as the interprovincial Lotto 649 and Lotto Max are the Québec Lottery's biggest revenue generators. Tickets cost between $3 and $5, with draws held biweekly. Prizes typically exceed $1 million and occasionally reach much higher sums, including $50 million or more. Québeckers also have a sports betting option online at Loto Québec's Mise-o-jeu. Alternatively, Québeckers can play at an authorized retailer by filling a selection slip or generating a barcode from your mobile app.

The Crown corporation set up Espacejeux in December 2010. Here, Quebeckers can find live casino games, including blackjack, roulette, baccarat, game shows and poker. The selection is limited compared to many offshore online casinos, explaining why many Québeckers have flocked to them. In 2016, the Québec Superior Court rejected an attempt by the Québec government to prohibit unauthorized online casino Québec sites.

There is also video poker, slots including progressive jackpots, table games and keno. Players can also find virtual sports such as horse racing, car racing, dog racing, motocross racing and cycling races. These games all have random number generators (RNGs) that determine the outcome of rounds.

The Société des casinos du Québec is one of the subsidiaries of Loto Québec and responsible for operating the four Québec casinos. Three of these are located close to the St Lawrence River, while the fourth is about 1hr 45 minutes north of Montreal. The subsidiary is also responsible for hotel & restaurant services. There are no First Nations casinos in Québec. However, the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake near Montreal has three poker rooms: The Four Aces Poker, The Office Poker Club and Snakes Poker Club. These operations are regulated by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission.

Another subsidiary of Loto Québec is The Société des établissements de jeux du Québec. It is tasked with operating 12,000+ video lottery terminals. Also known as video poker machines, devices can be found in two gaming halls, bars and brasseries in Trois-Rivières & Québec City. The subsidiary also operates a kinzo hall and a bingo network, with the profits going towards licensed non-profit organizations. Wagers are limited to $2.50, and prizes cannot exceed $1,000.

Casino Charlevoix

Casino Charlevoix is located about 4 hrs and 30 minutes north of Montréal, on the banks of the St. Lawrence River near the mouth of the Malbaie River in La Malbaie, Québec.

A visit to the casino also means access to great food from restaurants like Le Saint-Laurent, The Bellerive and Charlevoix St-Hubert Rotisserie. Additionally, visitors will find Bar 21, La Brise Bar, and the 'Moment Spa' at the Fairmont Hotel nearby.

Casino games at Casino Charlevoix include baccarat, standard blackjack & (Free Bet Blackjack), roulette & Interactive Roulette, keno and slot machines. Enthusiasts of poker will love the selection of popular variants: 3 Card Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker, Flushes Gone Wild, Let It Ride Bonus, Pai Gow Poker, Texas Hold'em Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold'em Poker.

Besides casinos games, there are some other highlights to consider:

  • It is located in a picturesque municipality situated between mountains and forests.

  • Visitors may be able to benefit from a free shuttle service plus $10 in gaming credits per passenger for good measure!

  • The casino offers musical show entertainment to round out your visit with an evening of fun.

Besides the games and ancillary services, visitors can also qualify for a 'Casino Privilèges' card to receive exclusive special offers, draws and benefits as part of their 4-tier program. By playing slot machines, keno and table games, players can also collect valuable comp points redeemable for cash.

Casino Montréal

When it comes to gaming, Casino de Montréal has many of the most popular: EZ Baccarat, blackjack, Free Bet Blackjack, Blackjack Switch, Spanish 21, Interactive Blackjack, Zappit Blackjack, roulette, Touch Bet Roulette, Interactive Roulette, keno, craps, sic bo, Wheel of Fortune, Let It Ride Bonus, Ultimate Texas Hold'em, Ok Poker Room, Three Card Poker, Texas Hold'em Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker, High Card Flush and EZ Pai Gow Poker.

If this wasn't a reason enough to visit the casino, then there are others. For starters, visitors will find a range of restaurants, including Pavillon 67, Ajia, L'Instant, Le Montréal and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. If you fancy a drink, then there's the Poker bar, La Dame de coeur, Le Roi de pique and bar Le Valet de carreau.

Here are three additional features that make Casino de Montréal extra special:

• Casino Montréal is ideally situated within the largest city in Québec on the picturesque banks of the St Lawrence River.

• By timing a visit just right, players can also book a show featuring a popular entertainer such as Céline Dion.

• The Cabaret du Casino is an entertainment hall with 3D sound.

Visitors can also participate in the 4-tier 'Casino Privilèges' promotion to access exclusive special offers, draws and benefits. By playing table games, slot machines and keno, players can earn valuable comp points redeemable for cash as an added perk.

Casino Lac-Leamy

Casino Lac-Leamy is located in Gatineau, in western Québec, on the northern shore of the Ottawa River, near the Ontario border. As with the previous casinos, this one offers superb dining at Le Baccara, Banco Bistro, Le Café, TGV and Arôme. Complementing the dining experience are four bars. Players can grab a martini, imported beers or other drinks at Bar 7, Club Aléa, Bar Poker and Bacchus.

Of course, you'll want to spend some, which is easy when you consider all the available games: EZ Baccarat, Let It Ride Bonus, Ultimate Texas Hold'em, Ok Poker Room, Three Card Poker, Texas Hold'em Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker, High Card Flush, EZ Pai Gow Poker, keno, blackjack, Free Bet Blackjack, Blackjack Switch, Spanish 21, Interactive Blackjack, Zappit Blackjack, roulette, Touch Bet Roulette, Interactive Roulette, slot machines, craps, sic bo and Wheel of Fortune.

Do you fancy a show for a Vegas-like casino experience? Well, the casino has live entertainment, including music, stand-up performances, the theatre and others. There are some other compelling reasons to visit:

• Québeckers who fancy a visit to the nation's capital will find Ottawa just across the border.

• State of the art Théâtre du Casino.

• Players can enjoy a martini, imported beers or other drinks at Bar 7, Club Aléa, Bar Poker and Bacchus.

As with all the casinos run by The Société des casinos du Québec, visitors can find a 4-tier rewards program. Players can earn points playing slot machines, keno and table games, discounts on casino restaurants, free valet and more.

Casino Mont-Tremblant

Casino Mont-Tremblant is the fourth and final provincially-run casino by The Société des casinos du Québec. The casino restaurant Altitude is a seafood and grill with a view of the Laurentian Mountains. Players can also find the Bar du Casino and the Bar Lounge to stop for a drink.

Enjoy baccarat, blackjack & Free Bet Blackjack, Texas Hold'em Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold'em, roulette, slot machines and multi-game stations. Besides games, there are some other reasons to add Casino Mont-Tremblant to your wishlist:

• Breathtaking mountain views.

• Musical shows for a touch of culture.

• Located in ski-country, home to the Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort, combine gambling with skiing.

Casino Mont-Tremblant lets players earn points playing slots machines, keno and table games. Enjoy discounts at the restaurants, exclusive emails and more depending on your tier.