“We like the casino tours – to Moose Jaw, Regina, and newer ones to Idaho and Montana,” says Noel while en route to a three-night stay in Polson, Montana with wife Rose Marie. “We’ve been doing the bus tours for several years and they’re great! It doesn’t cost a lot, and the tour company treats us well. Plus, we get to meet people.”
On a recent inaugural casino tour to the KwaTaqNuk Resort Casino in Polson, Montana, St. Albert-based Promotion Tours has a full busload of nearly 50 souls – almost all seniors – and many who hardly gamble at all. For so many, it’s about that camaraderie, sharing a coffee at one of the many stops on the 10-hour trip down, or playing bus bingo with a seatmate. The casino is a side benefit, they say.
“We budget a small amount each for gambling per day, but that’s not the focus,” says Rose Marie. “We like to look out the window at the scenery: just look at this place! It’s a beautiful spot on the lake near Glacier National Park. We can have a nice meal, and take a walk in town or near the lake. So, the price is definitely right for all that.”