Living in Ottawa myself, I know that the city is full of avid sports fans. The Ottawa Senators are the cities team and our fan base is growing quickly, but as a Sens fan I know first hand that it’s just as easy to find a Maple Leafs or Canadiens fan at the Universities or at the Canadian Tire Centre during a rivalry game.
As a sports fan living in Ottawa the past few years have been great, with the renovations at what is now TD Place bringing more high level sports to the city. The Ottawa Redblacks of the CFL have been a big hit in the city with a big following after their Grey Cup appearance last year. Ottawa Fury FC of the NASL have also brought high level professional soccer to the city thanks to TD Place and they also made a surprise appearance in the finals of the NASL last season.
The future is bright for spectator sports in Ottawa, and if we get a new state of the art arena at LeBreton Flats in the future, Ottawa will be an even more desired location for sports events of all kinds.
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Offline Sports Betting in Ottawa
Offline sports betting is available in Ottawa in the form of the popular OLG run sports betting lottery that is Proline. If you’ve read our OLG page then you will know my stance on Proline betting in Ontario. The odds are far worse than any of our top rated betting sites, you’re forced to only bet parlays and they don’t offer any sign up bonuses or other incentives like the online sportsbooks.
I strongly advise Ottawa residents to make the jump from Proline to betting through one of Canada’s top online betting sites. There’s a wide variety of reasons that I get into on our Proline page, but the difference in winnings on the exact same bets should really be all it takes to get you to make the switch.
Land Based Casino Sportsbooks Near Ottawa
Living in Ottawa, I’ve made the trip across the river to Casino du Lac Leamy in Gatineau on several occasions. Unfortunately, although the Casino does have a an awesome sports bar viewing room, they do not currently accept sports wagers of any kind.
There’s really no land based casino sportsbook within a reasonable distance of the nations capital.
Rideau Carleton Raceway
Ottawa does feature a racetrack where you can bet on live horse races at 4837 Albion Road in Ottawa, which is only a few minutes from the International Airport. The Rideau Carleton Raceway hosts Harness Racing every Thursday and Sunday, and you are able to place wagers on the horses directly at the track. The Rideau Carleton Raceway also features a sports bar where you are able to watch and wager on races from across North America. And if you’re into slots the RCR has over 1250 slot machines to keep you busy.
***I should note that the Rideau Carleton Raceway only accepts wagers on horse races. You will not be able to place sports wagers at the track.
I actually live only a 5 minute drive from the Rideau Carleton Raceway. It’s jam packed at all hours of the day, but the free pool is nice.
Major Sports Teams in Ottawa
- Ottawa Senators – NHL
- Ottawa REDBLACKS – CFL
- Ottawa Fury FC – NASL