Review written by Sophie Couard, June 7, 2016.
The picturesque town of Port Perry is located only one hour north of Toronto. It is a very touristy town and offers a superb downtown in a Victorian style, with many clothing stores, restaurants, cafes, bookstores, art galleries and antique shops. There are many festivals and the famous annual fair held in summer. There are also many golf courses, both public and private, museums, popular parks and the Lake Scugog that offers many activities. If you are a player, you will be interested to hear that there is also a large casino. It is managed by the Casinos Austria International group and offers many games for a great gaming experience. You can find out everything the casino has to offer in this review.
Playing in a relaxing, warm and natural atmosphere
The Great Blue Heron Casino is nestled in the stunning backdrop of Scugog Island, east of Port Perry. The casino has a very modern architecture with a multicoloured tent roof. This creates a strong contrast with the trees and the countryside around it, but it really works, and the result is very nice to look at. You can play in the 2,300 m² large casino 24 hours, 7 days a week in a relaxing, warm and natural atmosphere. Keep in mind that you need to present a valid ID in order to access it.
The slot machines
You can enjoy over 530 devices at the casino, accepting denominations ranging from 1 cent to $5. Among these are:
- games where you can win a progressive jackpot, such as the famous Mighty Millionaire,
- traditional slot machines with mechanical reels that give you a retro experience,
- video slot machines with digital screens and many interesting features,
- video poker devices in many different variants,
- electronic roulette games.
There are some very interesting games in the selection:
- cult games, such as Wheel of Fortune, Double Diamond Deluxe, 4 Chinese Beasts and Howling Wolf,
- latest generation slots, such as Sphinx 3D and Zuma,
- games inspired by famous movies and series, such as The Big Bang Theory, Jurassic Park, The Flintstones and Wonder Woman.
The table games
As for the traditional games, you can play at around 60 tables offering a large selection of games, including:
- blackjack switch,
- blackjack late surrender,
- four card poker,
- hold'em poker,
- let it ride poker,
- lucky lucky flop,
- Mississippi stud poker,
- mini baccarat,
- perfect pairs,
- Spanish 21,
- super 7's blackjack,
- texas hold'em bonus,
- three card poker,
- spread limit poker,
- lucky lucky blackjack,
- streak blackjack.
There is also a nice poker room in the casino, which is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. You can play texas hold'em and omaha in cash games or tournaments with blinds ranging from $5/$10 to $100/$200.
Dining and drinking
With this fantastic game selection you would probably also expect to find many other things to do at the casino, just like there are in the casinos in Las Vegas or Macau. However, don't expect too much from the Great Blue Heron Casino. Of course, the game selection is not the only attraction of the casino, there are also some places where you can dine and have a drink, but not much else.
A self-service buffet
The Water's Edge Buffet is open every day from 6 am to 11 am for breakfast, from 11.30 am to 3 pm for lunch and from 5 pm to 9 pm for dinner. The place offers a large all-you-can-eat self-service buffet with a superb selection of starters, main courses and desserts.
A fast food restaurant
If you are a little hungry you can visit the Quick Bites restaurant, which is open 24 hours 7 days a week. You can order different sandwiches, soft drinks, and many other dishes and drinks. The restaurant is located in the casino and you can eat there without having to go very far.
A bar restaurant
The Lucky Stone has the atmosphere of a traditional pub, and it is open from Monday to Thursday from 11 am to 11 pm, and also without interruption all weekend from Friday 11 am to Sunday 11 pm. You can order pizzas, burgers and pasta, as well as various cocktails from classic drinks, all the way to original creations.
The Heron Bar is located in the lobby of the casino, and it offers a large selection of hot and cold alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as a few sweet and savoury snacks.
In short, the Great Blue Heron Casino is a very nice place to play casino games. The casino welcomes you in a fantastic building with original architecture and entertains you with a large and varied game selection.
By car : Around 1 h from Toronto.
By plane : International airport of Toronto Pearson.
24 hours, 7 days a week.