The small gambling hall in the town of Gananoque, Ontario, known as the Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands, has received city approval for build a four-story hotel. In a unanimous vote Monday, the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands allowed the development of a 60,547 square foot building with 78 hotel rooms across from the casino.
The new Windgate by Wyndham hotel will also feature an indoor pool and spa, lobby and lounge, as well as ample meeting space for conventions and other events. Eighteen of the 78 rooms will serve as “extended stay” combinations for guests who require accommodation for longer periods. These units will include a kitchenette and living room. In order to allow the Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands to add a hotel to the main gaming facility, the City Council approved the necessary rezoning of the 3.7 acre site that would allow the land to be used for commercial and tourism purposes. The land was previously zoned for a trailer park and councilors had to lift the 12-meter height restriction that had been imposed.
The hotel will be located on the site of the former MacNeil Park Lane trailer park which closed two years ago. Before construction can begin, the developer will have to demolish the old house that is currently on the property. Amendments to the official plan that allow the construction of a 60,547 square foot hotel across County Road 2 from the casino will be officially ratified by city council later this week or next week. In addition, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment will need to give approval for the septic system that will be built for the hotel, according to planning consultant Mark Touw.
The Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands is located in the suburb of Gananoque and is operated by the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation. He almost 550 slot machines and a nice variety of gaming tables where casino patrons can play blackjack, baccarat, poker, roulette and more. There is also a bar and restaurant.
The Shorelines Casino opens the region’s first hotel since the 19th century
The hotel project was proposed two years ago, and rezoning requests were filed with city council soon after. It became apparent that connecting to Gananoque’s water and sewer services would be too expensive for the small town, so the developers decided to build their own water well and septic system. These will now need to be approved by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. Before it can be operational, the hotel will need other city and provincial approvals.
It is not known when the new hotel across from the Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands would be finished and ready to open. The developers hope to launch it in the spring – possibly next spring, so they can take advantage of the peak tourist season. Councilors John Paul Jackson and Liz Huff describe the project as very exciting, while Mayor Joe Baptista told local reporters it would be the first hotel built since 1896. There are, of course, several hostels and small hotels in Leeds Township and the Thousand Islands, but this would be a brand new, modern property that could accommodate the growing number of players who are expected to visit the Shorelines Casino from the other side of the road.