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Lac Leamy Casino Boat Dock

August 21st, 2011 ernie Posted in Gatineau 1 Comment »

Every time we go to Lac Leamy Casino in Gatineau , Quebec, we have noticed the boat dock at the casino. For those of you who have never been there, the casino is Lac Leamy Casino Boat Docksituated beside an old quarry which has been filled with water and connected to the Gatineau river. There is a huge fountain in the middle of this small lake. It shoots water up at least 150 feet if not more. You can look at the lake from the casino while playing the slots.

There is also a boat dock for people to moor their boats at while visiting the casino. They can enter what is called the Lac Leamy lake from the Gatineau river. Which also empties into the Ottawa River.  Boaters from all along the Ottawa and Gatineau river can complete their boating trip by spending the day at the casino, having dinner and even staying at the hotel which is also attached to the casino. There are always a few boats that are moored at the boat dock whenever we have visited the casino.

Lac Leamy Casino Boat Dock

Our journey to the casino by boat started on the Ontario side of the Ottawa river. Before heading to the casino we traveled up the river past the prime ministers home all the way up to the base of the parliament buildings.  We saw the boat locks which lift boats up to the level of the Rideau river. For enthusiasts you can follow the Rideau river all the way to Lake Ontario and from there travel the lakes or the St Lawrence river.

Once we were finished with our little boat trip along the Ottawa, we headed to the Gatineau and then into a small canal that takes you into the lake that partially surrounds the Lac Leamy Casino. There were about 10 other boats already at the dock when we arrived.  They had an interesting control device to prevent you from docking in the wrong location. They use motion senor controlled sprinklers to stop people from mooring in certain areas. It was a nice diversion when we were sprinkled with water on a hot day!

Visiting the Casino

Lac Leamy Casino Boat DockOnce we docked, we headed into the casino, wondering if they would let us in. We were in boating attire. My wife was wearing a bathing suit and a shawl that doubled as a really short dress. I guess they did not mind since we walked right past the guards and into the casino with no problems what so ever.

We had drinks and played for about two hours before heading out to our boat to begin the return trip. Our captain was nervous about traveling along the river in the dark. We left around 7 pm to give us lots of time to get back to our destination at the Rock Cliff boat dock on the Ontario side of the Ottawa River. A really fantastic day and a different way to arrive at the Lac Leamy Casino in Gatineau.

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Lac Leamy Casino Resort

February 7th, 2010 ernie Posted in Gatineau 2 Comments »

The Lac Leamy casino and Hilton hotel resort complex is one of the better casino Lac Leamy Casino Resortcomplexes we have visited in Canada. It does not rival the Vegas casinos and hotels. It does measure up as being the best place in the Ottawa / Gatineau region to spend an evening. The Akwesasene Hotel and casino that has been recently updated now rivals this location.

One of the reasons we make this point is that both gamblers and non gamblers can enjoy a very nice evening at the Lac Leamy casino and Hilton Hotel. Whether you are looking for an evening out for fine dining. Or wish to take in a show or listen to the music on the weekends , there is something for everyone.

Lac Leamy Casino Resort – Hilton Hotel

The Hilton hotel next door and connected by indoor walkway to the Lac Leamy casino makes an excellent weekend retreat combined with gambling at the Lac Leamy casino.

Lac Leamy Casino & Hotelhe Hilton hotel offers all of the attributes that a Hilton hotel offers from outdoor pool with a great view, spa services, several fine dining restaurants, and a conference center to attend conferences and other formal gatherings. The Lac Leamy casino also offers a theater that brings in a variety of song and dance shows for your entertainment pleasure.

The Lac Leamy casino has over 1900 slot machines, and a large compliment of table games for your gambling pleasure. Join the Lac Leamy casino slot card membership to be comp’d for various things such as cash back, meals, and even rooms at the Hilton hotel. Note that the comps are not as lucrative at this casino due to the lack of competition. However it is still worth your while to get one of these cards if you plan on gambling at the casino. They are free to everyone.

The Lac Leamy casino is located just across the Ottawa river from Ottawa. It is less than 10 minutes from down town and is definitely worth the visit. If you are planning a conference or a company meeting the Lac Leamy casino and the Hilton Hotel are excellent venues for these sorts of get togethers. Both facilities have excellent conference centers to accommodate most needs.

Restaurants  ( Includes the casino and the Hilton Hotel)

La Baccara Gourmet restaurant – located on the 2nd floor of the Lac Leamy casino, it has been rated a five diamond restaurant since 2001. Excellent service and excellent meals!

Arome Seafood and Grill – Located in the Lac Leamy Hilton hotel overlooking Lac Leamy, this is an excellent restaurant to dine in specializing in surf and turf

La Cellier – Located in the Lac Leamy hotel beside Arome, this is the bistro section of the Arome restaurant

Banco Buffet – Located on the 2nd floor of the Lac Leamy casino, they offer an excellent buffet. The deserts are French pastries and are a must have.

Le Cafe – Located in the basement of the Lac Leamy casino, this is an excellent place to grab a sandwich  and a bowl of soup

TGV – Located pool side at the Lac Leamy Hilton hotel

La Marina – Located at the Lac Leamy casino, at the back of the casino, this bar is only open after 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Excellent value, atmosphere and food.

What We Liked

  • Variety of slot machines and table games
  • Free entertainment at the bar located in the casino
  • Buffet – very nice food and the French pastries are particularly good
  • La Bacara – fine dining at it’s best, great place to impress a customer, a colleague or your family.
  • Pool area and spa for hotel guests at the Hilton overlooking Lac Leamy
  • Hotel rates are very reasonable for Canada, they are much cheaper in the US
  • Covered garage parking
  • Easy access from all highways and from Ottawa
  • Safe environment in the casino, hotel and parking areas
  • Marina bar located at the back of the casino, only open Friday and Saturday nights
  • High vaulted ceilings, very well designed, a nice place to spend an evening

It is a 5 star hotel in our estimation and quite adequate for our needs

What We Did Not Like

  • There are no real complaints about the Lac Leamy casino
  • Drinks are not free while gambling
  • You must remain at the bar while having a drink, you cannot take them to the slots

Slot Player Card

They are part of the Quebec Loto slot players card system. Slot members can take advantage of benefits at many Quebec casinos  in Montreal and Quebec city as well.

If you have not taken advantage of slot player cards, there are a number of benefits that many slot players should consider. Free or discounted rooms, email mailing list of promotions, free or discounted meals, access to entertainment, and a tax report outlining your losses and wins for tax claim purposes.


There is ample parking at the Lac Leamy casino & hotel  in a large parking garage beside the casino and also surface parking for casino patrons. You can access the casino from the garage via an elevator from all levels. The parking garage is also patrolled on a regular basis and it also protects your car from the weather. Access to the Hilton hotel, which is beside the casino can be from inside the casino or from surface parking lots.

Directions: 1 Boulevard du Casino, Gatineau , Quebec

When you arrive by Highway 401, take Route 16 North, which becomes Highway 416 toward Ottawa. Take Highway 417 East to Exit 118 for Nicholas /Lees and go straight on Nicholas Street North. Turn right on Laurier Avenue, then left onto King Edward Avenue. Stay left to take the MacDonald-Cartier Bridge, which becomes Highway 5 North. Take Exit 3, boulevard du Casino. Turn right at the exit and you’ll find yourself at the entrance of the casino

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