New Year’s plans dashed by extreme cold, +1 for Canadian online casinos.
If you’re one of those who traditionally spends the New Year holiday spinning the slots reels at Casino Sudbury or OLG Thunder Bay, you may want to reconsider your plans. Environment Canada issued an extreme cold warning for much of the nation.
The freezing weather was so intense last night, some localities had to cancel their New Year’s Eve plans. In Ottawa, city officials begrudgingly called a stop to several shows scheduled to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. It doesn’t appear it will get much warmer anytime soon, either.
Sudbury, Ontario was under extreme cold warning over the weekend. After a single day break, the city came under warning again on Sunday, and will likely remain so throughout today, and possibly Tuesday as well. The current temperature, at time of writing (11:30am EST) is -24°C (-11°F), with a wind chill factor of -36°C (-34°F).
As of this morning, the extreme cold warning is effecting 7 of Canada’s 10 provinces, as well as the Nunavut Territory. In the northern half of British Columbia, places like Fort St. John (home of Chances Fort St. John) are recording temps of -24°C (12°F ) with a wind chill of -34°C (-29°F). Similar temperatures are being felt across Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick.
Additionally, Newfoundland and Labrador is under a heavy snowfall warning.
With temperatures dropping throughout the nation, Environment Canada warns that “extreme cold puts everyone at risk”. Residents are urged to watch for cold related symptoms that could lead to frost bite or hypothermia. These include “shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes”.
Bitter Cold a Plus for Canadian Online Casinos
For those forced to brave the severe winter weather, taking frequent breaks to warm up indoors is highly encouraged. But if you don’t have to be outside, don’t do it. Stay in, stay warm, and enjoy the entertainment available from the comfort of home.
Online casinos are a perfect alternative to the land-based variety. They offer the same wide range of games, including slot machines, blackjack, roulette and other table game, video poker, keno, bingo, and even sports betting.
So long as you have access to an internet connection – and are of legal age to gamble – you can participate at online casinos from anywhere in Canada. Depending on your location, you may be able to play at a provincially regulated website, like BC and Manitoba’s PlayNow.ca, Ontario’s PlayOLG.ca, or Quebec’s Espacejeux.com.
No matter where you live – from the far western reaches of the Yukon, to the easternmost shorelines of Newfoundland and Labrador – international online casinos are always an option. An abundance of reputable websites operate under licences from strict regulatory authorities in Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Malta and the UK.
As you probably know, if you’ve visited this page before, I have a personal preference for Royal Vegas Casino. Accessible via desktop and mobile devices, Royal Vegas celebrates its 18th anniversary this year, and is partnered with the oldest iGaming software brand in the business, Microgaming (1994 est.). It is one of the most respected Canadian online casinos in the world.
Royal Vegas Canada is Canadian friendly, a legitimate brand and operator that has been our editorial pick for back to back years. Highly recommended for prospective Canadian gamblers.