When the Grande Prairie Regional Agricultural & Exhibition Society was founded over 100 years ago horses were integral in development of the area.

And, today, they continue to be an important part of the community on farms and ranches and at Evergreen Park.

So, when Evergreen Park management was looking for a new name for one of its main facilities, calling it the Wild Horse Casino & Lounge was an easy choice.

The new Wild Horse Casino & Lounge name kicks in immediately and the casino and lounge along with the Pines Family Restaurant will re-open starting 10 a.m. on Thursday. The Wild Horse will be open 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily. A grand re-opening is planned for later in the summer.


For all of the month of June the lounge and Pines will be offering 20% off all regular menu meals.

Evergreen Park is the only venue in northwestern Alberta that features both live pari-mutuel racing (The Horses at Evergreen Park in July and August) and off-track betting in the Wild Horse Casino & Lounge daily.

The Casino has a bank of TV screens showing horse races from around the world. You can get programs for any of the races and bet on one of two kiosks set up in the facility. Evergreen Park has also put together a Horse Betting 101 program to help novice horse racing enthusiasts learn the ins and outs of playing the ponies.

When it first opened in 2007, the casino and restaurant was known as the Racing Entertainment Centre (REC). It switched to Pines Restaurant & Casino in 2013 and then Evergreen Park Casino & Restaurant in 2019 before taking on the Wild Horse moniker.

The casino features 99 slot machines and VLTs and the lounge menu is chef-inspired and offers sit-down dining and takeout and will be offering daily specials soon.


Evergreen Park management first met with marketing company William Joseph Communications at their Grande Prairie office in 2019 to begin working on the revamp plan. COVID, as it has for many, forced a delay in unveiling the results of that work.

Racing is one of several ways the Park caters to horses and those who enjoy the animals.

Lewis Hawkes Pavilion (closed until a major renovation is completed in early-2022) and the Drysdale Centre both have indoor riding arenas and the Hawkes has a year-round horse boarding program. The Park is also home to the Grande Prairie Gymkhana Club, the South Peace Horse Club and the Peace Draft Horse Club. The Park also has horse riding trails and Peace Area Riding for the disabled Society (PARDS) is located near the northeast corner of the Park.

The casino is adults-only, but all age groups are welcome in the Pines Family Restaurant in Gordon Badger Stadium at JDA Raceway, which is attached to the Wild Horse Casino & Lounge.