Living in Ottawa myself, I know that the city is full of avid sports fans. The Ottawa Senators are the cities team and the future for the team is starting to look bright, but not every hockey fan in Ottawa roots for the home team. As a Sens fan I know first hand that it’s just as easy to find a Maple Leafs or Canadiens fan 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 the team finding early success with their Grey Cup win in 2016. Atletico Ottawa joining the Canadian Premier League will also keep high level professional soccer in the city after Fury FC was dissolved in 2019.
The future is bright for spectator sports in Ottawa, and if we get a new state of the art arena downtown 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
Ottawa is home to two land based casinos with the Rideau Carleton Casino and Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau both about 15 minute drives from downtown. Unfortunately, although both casinos have quality sports bar viewing rooms, they do not currently accept sports wagers of any kind.
There’s really no land based 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. The race track is located at the Rideau Carleton Casino, so you can take advantage of the table games or over 1000 slot machines between betting the horses.
***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.
Major Sports Teams in Ottawa
- Ottawa Senators – NHL
- Ottawa REDBLACKS – CFL
- Ottawa Fury FC – NASL