Island Stories: Red Shores Racetrack & Casino
A Race to Tradition
The thrill of harness racing is deeply rooted in Prince Edward Island’s culture. What started as dirt road races between neighbouring farmers, grew into an Island-wide love for harness racing and led to the construction of the Charlottetown Driving Park in 1888.
Over the years, the Charlottetown Driving Park underwent several renovations and upgrades, which eventually led to the state-of-the-art facility, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, that we know today. Still standing strong at the centerfield is the original Judges’ Stand, which has been restored and declared a National Historic Site.
Year after year, visitors from around the world travel to the Island for a front-row seat of the action. The sound of thundering horse hooves as they gather speed, the exhilarating cheers from the crowd in the grandstands, and the rush of adrenaline of the racetrack announcer make this an unforgettable experience. Red Shores is one of the top harness racing destinations in Atlantic Canada, with live racing from May to January.
Red Shores is the home to a beloved Island tradition, Old Home Week, which takes place every August. This nine-day event celebrates PEI’s agriculture industry and ends with the Gold Cup and Saucer Race. The prestigious race dates to the early 1960s and has become an Island tradition not to be missed.
More than just a racetrack, Red Shores offers year-round entertainment in their casino as well as three dining experiences. Top of the Park Restaurant features a three-tiered dining room overlooking the historic racetrack. Red Shores is Atlantic Canada’s premier entertainment destination, drawing visitors from across the region to enjoy all they have to offer.