In 1969, Nova Scotia welcomed Canada to Halifax for the second iteration of the Canada Games, and the first Canada Summer Games. Over the course of nine days from August 16th to the 24th athletes, coaches and managers competed at the highest level in a variety of sports.
Baseball and softball proved to be the biggest draw at the Games, as more than 200,000 fans came out to watch athletes play ball. The Canada Games Flag was awarded to Team Ontario, who finished on top with the most points won.
The legacy of the 1969 Games continues to live on, not only within Halifax but also within the Canada Games movement. The Canada Games in Halifax provided many firsts, including: the official Games symbol, the official Canada Games song, the equal shares formula for capital expenditures among the federal, provincial and municipal governments, along with the overall makeup of the early Canada Games Council, the concept behind the Friends of the Games Society, the official Canada Games Flag, the Centennial Cup and the protocols for awards ceremonies. These legacies continue to add to the success of the Games.
The 1969 Canada Summer Games in Halifax and Darmouth brought together 715 athletes to participate in 15 different sports.