Québec, the predominantly French-speaking province in Eastern Canada, has seen the launch of a brand new land-based casino, the Grand Royal Wôlinak Casino located near Bécancour, a small city in the Centre-du-Québec region.
The province allowed the reopening of casino properties on February 28 and now, just over a month later, a new property is ready to join the market. The Grand Royal Wôlinak Casino is not owned by Loto-Québec, the state-owned provincial regulator and lottery and gambling operator headquartered in Montreal.
The Grand Royal Wôlinak Casino is owned by the Council of the Abenakis of Wôlinak, an aboriginal community located near Bécancour. The venue opened last week and has already registered over 3,000 visitors. In fact, 500 customers visited the casino on the very first day of operations.
Dave Bernard, General Manager of the Council of the Abenakis of Wôlinak, expressed his delight at the early success of the facility and revealed that they expected to receive over 2,000 visitors during the first week, so over 3,000 is a pleasant surprise.