Lifestyles in Canada
DU LAC-LEAMY: MUCH MORE THAN A HOME OF LADY LUCK
would one come to Hull for a vacation? Among our numerous other tourist
attractions, just to visit our well-known Casino du Lac-Leamy is reason
enough." The young lady from Hull, twin city of Ottawa, Canadas
capital, seemed peeved when, after urging me to visit her city, I asked,
"Why would one want to visit Hull?"
Her remark left an impression on my mind and now, a few years later,
I was driving across the Ottawa River on my way to this Casino - the
most popular attraction in the Ottawa region. Turning, I could see before
me, across a huge parking lot with 3,800 free parking spots, the majestic
entrance to the Casino. Soon I was stepping through this dazzling gateway
into a world of glitter and allurement, especially for those who want
to have an affair with Lady Luck.
The way the interior was designed captured my imagination. The thousands
of tropical plants were artfully designed to fit amidst reflecting pools,
walls of glass and natural cherry wood and waterfalls. For a first time
customer, the decor alone is worth a visit.
The Casino, only 4 km (2.5 mi) from Canadas Parliament Buildings,
is nestled in a fantastic setting on the shores of Lac-Leamy and is
surrounded by fountains, trees and the adjoining ultra-modern five-star
Hilton Lac-Leamy Hotel. A world-class urban resort, it is much more
than a dazzling gaming centre, it is a must for anyone travelling to
Canadas National Capital Region. With its almost tropical forest
setting, fine dining places like the highly coveted Five-Diamond rating
Le Baccara Restaurant, a world-class theatre, a polite and friendly
staff and glittering gaming machines enshrouded in a lively and spectacular
aura, the Casino has earned its rightful place among the worlds
most outstanding entertainment destinations.
as Casino du Hull when it opened its doors in 1996, it was renamed
Casino du Lac-Leamy in 2002. In these few years of existence, it
has become a world-wide attraction, drawing some three million visitors
from the four corners of the globe. Adding to its allurement is
its promotion and supports for community affairs. From among these,
the Casino sponsors, during Ottawas famous Winterlude celebrations,
some of the worlds master ice carvers who in Ottawas
cold winter demonstrate their skill, creativity and endurance in
creating works of art from ice and snow.
with the attached Hilton Hotel as a non-smoking area - there are smoking
rooms for smokers - the Casino has much to offer. Inside its wall are
performance and reception halls and a Convention Centre with ultra-modern
tele-electronic facilities, 2,590 gaming spaces, 1,870 slot machines
and 64 gaming tables offering baccara, blackjack, roulette as well as
other casino games, bingo fun, electronic horse racing and numerous
other activities all which give travellers a wide selection of things
to see and do.
After visitors have played to their hearts content in a truly
exhilarating atmosphere and feel the urge to eat and drink, there are
four world-class restaurants and two cozy bars from which to choose
- all top class. From among the Casinos other major attributes
are artists exhibits and the 1,002 seat Le Théâtre
du Casino which opened its doors in 2001. An elegant ultra-modern theatre,
it features exciting programs of romance, Latin rhythms and jazz melodies
and is, today, one of the most innovative venues in Canada. Internationally
renowned, it offers state-of-the-art performances and can accommodate
full-scale revues as well as spectacular solo renditions. Stars such
as Bill Cosby, Gino Vannelli and Chubby Checker, Hellmut Lotti and numerous
others have performed on its stage.
After enjoying the pleasures of the Casino, that evening, as we waited
for the dancers and singers of the musical, Flame, a famous
North American production, I thought of the Casino and its many attributes.
Travellers entering into this enchanted gamblers paradise of dancing
waters and lush greenery can, besides seeking their fortune aided by
Lady Luck, stay in a luxury abode, dine in some of the best
restaurants in North America, then relax and enjoy, in the Casinos
theatre, some of the best entertainment in Canada.
An all-round Tourist Shangri-la where one can combine business with
pleasure, Casino du Lac-Leamy is a siren, not only for gamblers, but
for all travellers. Situated in the heart of the National Capital Region,
it adds a measure of excitement to tourist activities, making Canadas
capital and environs a favourite wayfarers destination.
IF YOU GO
1) The Casino is open seven days a week from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 A.M.
and admission, parking and coat check are free.
2) Game winnings are paid out in full and are non-taxable.
3) The Casino is easily accessible by bus or car and has a marina that
can accommodate 20 pleasure crafts.
For Further Information, Contact:
Casino du Lac-Leamy, 1, boulevard du Casino, Hull, Québec, Canada
J8Y 6W3. Tel: (819) 772-2100 or toll free 1 800 665-2274: Fax: (819)
772-3704. Web site:
© Habeeb Salloum December 2003
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