Left to right: Linda Caughlin, Gateway Casinos Sarnia, Gateway’s Senior Vice-President, Gaming Operations, Jamie Papp, Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley, Sarnia-Lambton MPP, Bob Bailey, Hiawatha Horse Park Owner, Jim Henderson, Bruce MacKenzie, Vice-President, Land Based Gaming, Ontario Lottery & Gaming, and Jen Willis, Gateway Casinos Sarnia.



Slots return to Hiawatha Horse Park after 8-year absence

January 30, 2020, Sarnia, ON – Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (“Gateway”) announced today it will be returning slots to Hiawatha Horse Park, at 1730 London Line in Sarnia. Gateway Casinos Sarnia officially opened today with 150 new slots and the creation of more than 60 new jobs in the community. The 53,100 square foot facility features a 22,033 square foot gaming floor with a fully licensed signature “Express Bar.” Gateway Casinos Sarnia will operate from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. seven days a week. Gateway’s proprietary loyalty program, My Club Rewards, will allow patrons to earn points by playing slots and redeem those points at Gateway’s Starlight Casino in nearby Point Edward and at all other Gateway casinos in Ontario.


At a ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon Gateway Senior Vice President of Casino Operations Jamie Papp was joined by Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey, Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley, and Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation Vice-President of Land Based Gaming, Bruce MacKenzie, to officially launch the new casino.


“Gateway is excited to bring another new gaming and entertainment facility to the greater Sarnia-Lambton region. Our guests can expect the same quality and friendly service they have grown accustomed to at our Starlight Casino in Point Edward, just on a more intimate scale,” said Gateway’s Jamie Papp.


“This is a great day for Hiawatha Horse Park, Gateway Casinos and the City of Sarnia.  Our government has kept its promise to the thousands of people that rely on the horse racing industry by reinvesting in the Slots at Racetracks Program.  Gateway Casinos’ partnership with Hiawatha marks the return of a premium gaming and entertainment destination to the City of Sarnia. This will provide a real economic boost for Sarnia-Lambton and local businesses,” enthused MPP Bob Bailey.


“We are delighted to see the return of slots to Hiawatha Horse Park. We welcome the jobs and synergy with the horse racing industry.  Good luck to everyone who visits Hiawatha Slots,” added Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley.


“OLG congratulates Gateway on the grand opening of its casino in Sarnia,” said OLG Vice-President of Land Based Gaming, Bruce MacKenzie. “Investing in this gaming site and in the community will help ensure the best possible gaming experience for customers, increase awareness of the local horse racing industry and allow OLG to continue to deliver benefits to the people and Province of Ontario.”


A commitment to responsible gambling is integral to how Gateway operates in Ontario including OLG’s PlaySmart program.  All Gateway properties in BC and Ontario hold RG Check accreditation. Together with OLG and other government partners, Gateway will continue to implement responsible gambling initiatives at all properties across Canada.


About Gateway Casinos & Entertainment

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (“GCEL”) is one of the largest and most diversified gaming and entertainment companies in Canada with 25 gaming properties in British Columbia and Ontario and two additional properties in Edmonton, Alberta. Across its entire portfolio, Gateway currently employs over 8,200 people and features approximately 423 table games (including 48 poker tables), 14,076 slots, 82 food and beverage outlets and 561 hotel rooms. A multi-pronged growth strategy has seen GCEL diversify and expand its product offering, including developing proprietary casino and restaurant brands, dramatically improving the gaming customer experience while attracting new customers. Some of GCEL’s proprietary brands include Match Eatery & Public House, Atlas Steak + Fish and the new Halley’s Club.  In 2017, GCEL celebrated 25 years in the business of gaming and entertainment in Canada.

Additional information is available at www.gatewaycasinos.com.




Information: Rob Mitchell

Director, Communications & Public Affairs

Gateway Casinos