The Best Choices for a Casino Night in Nova Scotia 


If you’re looking for a fun and sophisticated night out with a difference, an evening in the casino could be just the thing. You don’t have to dress like James Bond or Vesper Lynd, although for some that is all part of the fun. Unless you’re mixing it with the high rollers in Monte Carlo or one of London’s exclusive clubs, smart casual will usually be fine, however. That’s certainly the case with the 11 licensed casinos in Nova Scotia. Here, we single out five of our favorites.  

Your own living room 

We’ll start with the most popular casino choice of all – although strictly speaking, it is not a single casino. Last month, Nova Scotia launched its own online casino, though it did it so quietly, you might not have noticed. This joins the dozens of offshore casinos that Canadians can visit online. The Gamble Online website provides more details at Playing online makes it a night in instead of a night out, but that definitely has its benefits. No need to worry about who’s driving and where to park, no huge bar bill, and with the live games on offer, you still get that authentic casino experience. 

Casino Nova Scotia, Halifax 

Casino Nova Scotia’s Halifax facility is the operator’s flagship location. It’s a little slice of Las Vegas in the heart of Halifax and offers more than 500 slot games. There are usually around a dozen tables open, too, offering all the casino classics like blackjack and roulette, plus some interesting options like Mississippi stud and blackjack switch. When you want a break from the games, there’s a Chinese restaurant, a bar that serves light meals, and at peak hours, a buffet.  

Casino Nova Scotia Sydney 

The second Casino Nova Scotia is located in the beautiful coastal setting of Sydney. The casino is smaller than the one in Halifax, but still has more than 270 slots plus plenty of video poker terminals. People come from miles around to enjoy the freshly made fare at the casino’s Celtic Junction bar and grill.    

AFN Entertainment Centre, Yarmouth 

The Acadia First Nation entertainment center in Yarmouth is a simple, old-fashioned gaming hall with an emphasis on video slots and bingo. No need for dinner jackets or cocktail dresses here, but don’t be put off by the somewhat rustic appearance. A warm welcome is always on hand and wins or loses, you’re certain to have a great time. There’s no restaurant, but head a few hundred yards into Yarmouth itself and you’ll be spoilt for choice. 

Sipekne’katik Entertainment Centre, Hammonds Plains 

A short drive from Halifax into the residential community of Hammonds Plains, you’ll find this modern First Nation casino. There are around 60 slots and gaming terminals, and the staff goes out of their way to ensure a good time is had by all. With regular community events, visitors and locals alike will feel right at home. A great little place away from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

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