Drive-Through Bingo?

CORNWALL – Normally the Cornwall Bingo Center would be packed with people playing a relaxing game of bingo. However, due to Covid-19, that simply is just not possible. That hasn’t stopped owner, Kim Ladouceur from enabling her customers from enjoying a game of bingo.

In Cornwall, Kim has set up a drive-through bingo hall, where customers eagerly honk their horns to alert staff that they have a bingo. Kim was inspired to offer this to the community in response to Ontario’s stage two re-opening plans that include drive-in theatres to open.

“The drive-ins started back up, so we were like, hmmm, drive-ins? Maybe we can do a drive-in bingo,” Kim said. Kim took this idea and put it into fruition by liaising with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission and city representatives to secure a license, which she received in a matter of days.

On June 22, Kim’s drive-through bingo started its first game and since then, roughly 70 people have shown up for these drive-through bingo games on a nightly basis. While the Cornwall Bingo Center has been closed for over four months now, Kim is hopeful that this drive-through bingo is something to help citizens keep busy and enjoying their bingo.


James previously worked in one of Canada's largest casinos, River Rock Casino Resort, for over six years. He initially worked as a card dealer, then as a floor supervisor.