Aboriginal Gaming and Casino locations in the Maritimes
Las Vegas should thank its lucky stars that Elvis Presley never got a chance to visit the Maritimes. If he had, the fresh seafood and casino locations would’ve had him singing ‘Viva Atlantic Canada’ while filling out an application for a passport. Unfortunately, the original ‘hips don’t lie’ superstar never got the chance to travel up north, and we never got that song. That’s why we put together this list of the top 5 gaming locations in Atlantic Canada; so you can experience all the casino fun that the King missed out on.
1. Millbrook - Legends Gaming Centre
Millbrook is a difficult place to miss thanks to the epic statue of Glooskap near the 102 highway. After you visit the Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Centre to learn about Glooskap, go over to the Legends Gaming center at 15 Legends Avenue. They offer classic games and prize draws, but what they pride themselves on is offering an amazing game of bingo. High stakes bingo is their big-ticket crowd pleaser, offering the chance to win $80,000 in combined prizes. For more information about Legends Gaming center visit their super-helpful facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/legendsgamingcentre
2. Membertou Entertainment Center
You shouldn’t miss out on visiting Cape Breton during what could be considered its most beautiful seasons: summer and fall. When you’ve explored CB’s natural wonders like the Highlands National Park and Whale Cove Beach, take a quick break from the outdoors and visit Membertou Entertainment Centre. The MEC’s claim to fame is their special events, like this past June’s Summer Extravaganza Bingo. These special events offer tons of variety from month to month, spicing up the regular rhythm of gaming with variable jackpots, prize draws, and tiered winnings. If prize draws don’t tickle your fancy MEC also encompasses two VLT areas with 30 different VLT’s, and to further satisfy your video sweet-tooth you can find 6 gaming pavillions throughout Membertou.
3. St. Mary’s Entertainment Centre
You can probably tell by now that Atlantic Canadians are bingo fanatics, and St. Mary’s Entertainment Centre is no exception to that. They have bingo games seven days a week, special early bird games, PHD bingo devices, plus weekly promotions. Possibly the best thing about St. Mary’s Entertainment Centre is their monthly draw. On the last day of every month they even have a draw to win a trip to either Disney World or North America’s gambling capitol: Las Vegas! If you’re passing through Fredericton, New Brunswick, take advantage of the free shuttle and visit St. Mary’s Entertainment Centre.
4. Woodstock - Eagle’s Nest Casino
Eagle’s Nest takes the tried and true combination of bingo and VLT gaming, and adds in its own special card room for people who prefer timeless, classic gaming. Specializing in Texas hold’em poker, Eagle’s Nest holds both weekly special game days (Wacky Fridays, Freeplay Saturday, Tournament poker Saturday, and Thursday Deepstack Turbo Qualifiers,) and tournaments, which are typically scheduled twice a month. With well-priced buy-ins, this would be a great place to hone your James Bond-esque poker skills. The Eagle’s Nest Casino can be found a short drive from Fredericton, New Brunswick.
5. Tobique Gaming Center
If you’re driving back to the Maritimes from a trip to Toronto this summer, you probably aren’t excited for that grueling 16-hour marathon drive. So instead of trying to cram your entire drive into one day, stay overnight in New Brunswick and have some fun while the circulation returns to your legs. First, stop into Tobique Gaming Center’s Soaring Eagle Poker Room, where you can play Black Jack Bonus Bet, Texas hold’em Bonus, and roulette. If you’re looking for something more low-key, the Gaming Center also incorporates over 250 slot machines and a fully staffed bar with a complete drink menu. After visiting Tobique’s Gaming Center, stay overnight in nearby Perth-Andover at The Castle Inn. It’s a little known destination that treats guests like royalty, offering spa services and fine dining all within the historic Lewis Castle. This one-two punch of fun and rest helps break up the driving doldrums.
Now that you’ve got our list of the Greatest Gaming Locations and our list of Aboriginal Travel Destinations, you can put on your blue suede shoes and hit the road just like the King would have.