Casino of the Rockies is a stunning casino in southeastern British Columbia located at the famed St. Eugene Golf Resort and fully owned by the Ktunaxa Nation. Its convenient location is just minutes away by car from the Canadian Rockies International Airport, allowing both locals and visitors from all around Canada and the US to experience a blend of state-of-art gambling, three-diamond hotel hospitality and golf.
Casino of the Rockies is home to over 200 slot machines, five table games, an off-track horse race betting room and a lottery centre. The casino floor offers a couple of poker games in popular varieties but, apart from that, there isn’t a dedicated poker room where you could square off with other poker lovers.
For meals, you can count on the newly opened Kiʔsuʔk k̓ikiⱡ restaurant, which offers a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, entrees and more.
As a part of the St. Eugene Golf Resort, Casino of the Rockies can offer its visitors accommodation in the resort’s 125-room hotel and a championship golf course.
It should be noted that, according to British Columbia gambling laws, all casino guests must be at least 19 years of age.
Casino of the Rockies is situated in the rural Kootenay Rockies, on the bank of the St. Mary River, and inside the St. Eugene Golf Resort. It is a five-minute drive from Cranbrook and a less-than 10-minute drive from the Canadian Rockies International Airport. Its location allows it to welcome guests from Kimberley, Fernie, Calgary and even some northern US towns.
The casino floor encompasses 19,000 square feet of gambling space and houses 210 slots, five tables featuring blackjack, roulette and poker games, a lottery centre, and an off-track horse race betting facility inside Fred’s Saloon.
The casino might not be the biggest in British Columbia, but it still offers some exciting game choices. There are the province’s most popular jackpot slots, such as BC Gold, where you can win up to $200,000 with any bet, or Race to Win with equally enticing prizes.
You can also indulge in e-roulette, e-baccarat and e-blackjack, and the real live table game action at roulette, blackjack and poker tables. These poker tables host games where players bet against a dealer, such as Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Fast Action Hold’em and Three Card Poker with a six card bonus. Unfortunately, you can’t play against fellow poker players.
Casino of the Rockies is a part of the Encore Rewards program prevalent in British Columbia casinos, and it offers several exclusive membership deals and discounts.
Considering there are only 210 slot machines, one might think the offer is lacking, and there won’t be any popular titles. However, Casino of the Rockies refutes those expectations.
There are plenty of penny, 2 cent, 5 cent, 25 cent, 50 cent and dollar slot machines with substantial payouts. The most famous slot titles include the ones from the Lock It Link series, Buffalo and 88 Fortunes. The biggest attention might be on the newest additions to the slots sections, such as Dragon Link, Scarab and the new rising star in the world of slots — Rising Fortunes Jin Ji Bao Xi.
Players can also find many branded slot machines, such as the Ellen DeGeneres series of games IGT forged in cooperation with the famous TV host and personality. Apart from IGT, other well-known providers such as Aristocrat and Scientific Games have brought their games to Casino of the Rockies.
The progressive jackpot slots, such as the BC Gold and Race to Win, are among the most sought-after games in British Columbia, and Casino of the Rockies features both of these offerings, with jackpots that can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars.
There aren’t any video lottery terminals or video poker machines in the casino at the moment.
When it comes to table games, Casino of the Rockies in Cranbrook, BC, does not have such a diverse slate. There are only five live table games on the casino floor, with different betting levels and betting options. The available games are:
Although limited in choice, players can still experience premium gambling thanks to the additional betting options within the games, such as Casino of the Rockies blackjack side bet King’s Bounty where players receive bonus cash if the first two cards total 20.
Moreover, different Texas Hold’em versions played head to head will compensate some for the lack of a dedicated poker room.
Casino of the Rockies is a proud member of the Encore Rewards program launched in British Columbia. The program has four tiers (Single Diamond, Double Diamond, Triple Diamond and Elite), and each new tier brings better rewards to loyal players than the previous one.
To earn loyalty points, players simply need to play games or even dine at casino restaurants. The accumulated points can be redeemed for prizes, such as free play cash, discounts at restaurants and hotels, special birthday gifts and invitations to exclusive events and promotions.
The membership in the program is open for all Casino of the Rockies’ visitors. Once you receive the Encore Rewards card, insert or show it every time you place a bet or pay a visit to the restaurant and bar, and you will be garnering points.
Inside the fully air-conditioned and comfortably furnished Fred’s Saloon is a specially dedicated room where bettors can watch and bet on numerous thoroughbred horse races from around the world. The off-track betting allows you to place bets and get the same payouts as those wagering at actual racetracks, which means you have the same chance to win. Other than horse betting, there are no other wagering opportunities.
Restaurant meals and a place to stay are also available to Casino of the Rockies guests.
Since Casino of the Rockies is a part of the St. Eugene Resort, visitors can stay at the three-story St. Eugene Hotel, which is ranked as a three-diamond hotel by AAA. The hotel has 125 beautifully decorated rooms and suites, each offering a view of the golf course, the resort’s garden or the Rocky Mountains. The St. Mary River complements the resort’s tranquillizing experience, together with the Silver Water spa centre.
Twenty-five hotel rooms are located within the Spanish-colonial styled mission building erected by the Oblate Order in the 19th century. Among many amenities of the hotel — such as the free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee makers, in-room safes and mini-fridges — the complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport might be the top one.
There are a couple of dining options you can find inside the Casino of the Rockies. A brand new restaurant with an interesting concept called Kiʔsuʔk k̓ikiⱡ was established on the casino floor. Its name means “good food” in the language of the First Nation that owns the casino. It’s a full-service restaurant with a menu teeming with small plates, appetizers, sandwiches, salads and entrees. The restaurant is spacious and can accommodate even larger groups. Furthermore, it frequently hosts live music shows and entertainment performances.
Other than Kiʔsuʔk k̓ikiⱡ, Casino of the Rockies has another dining venue we briefly mentioned earlier, called the Fred’s Saloon. Players can choose from among homemade soups, salads, in-house smoked meat and many other dishes.
The history of the Casino of the Rockies is tied to the entire St. Eugene Resort. The resort was established in a building created for the Oblate Order’s first mission. Then, in 1912, the government constructed the St. Eugene Mission school to educate First Nation children. That building is now the central part of the entire resort, playing a lead role since 2000 when the first St. Eugene Golf Course opened.
Shortly after, in 2002, Casino of the Rockies was launched, followed by the resort’s hotel. The casino was completely renovated in 2019 to create the nature-based concept that it incorporates today.