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2010 BIGS Seeds Men's National ChampionshipsDec 31-31   Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

About the Host City

DARTMOUTH (THE CITY OF LAKES)

The city of Dartmouth was created when 151 immigrants arrived in already -established Halifax in1750 and were sent "to the other side of the harbour" to form a new community, called Dartmouth. It was so named in honour of William Legge, the first Earl of Dartmouth and a former nobleman in the cout of Queen Anne.

Today Dartmouth is a community of approximately 90,000 in the Halifax Regional Municipality, formed in 1996, when all the municipalities within the boundaries of Halifax County were united into a single-tier regional governement. Thus, the area is often referred to as HRM. Most local residents still refer to each municipality by its long established name - Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford, Sackville, Cole Harbour, etc.

The two baseball fields that will be used for the tournament are within an easy and quick reach. Beazley Field is located on Caledonia Road, just off Main St. in Dartmouth and one can get there by car from anywhere in Dartmouth within 10 minutes or less, and about 15-20 from Halifax. Mainland Common is located in Clayton Park, a community within Halifax, Raddall Dr. and Lacewood Drive to be exact. Again, about 10 minutes from anywhere in Halifax, 15 minutes maximum from Dartmouth (don't locals always make it sound so easy).

Dartmouth is very much a sports-minded city with a reputation for producing exceptional athletes in sports such as paddling, hockey, baseball, track and field, basketball, and football. The hosts of this year's Canadian Senior Baseball Championship, the Dartmouth Moosehead Dry, have captured 15 Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League championships since the league's inception in 1977. In addition, the team has won 3 national titles.

The two cities offer much to see and do. Easy access from one city to the other is provided by two bridges spanning beautiful Halifax Harbour, the Angus L. Mcdonald Bridge, often referred to by locals as the "old bridge" (in reference to its construction first) and the Murray MacKay Bridge, referred to often as, you guessed it, the "new bridge". A ferry service also provides a quick trip across the harbour. One ought to take in the Public Gardens, Point Pleasant Park, Pier 21, Citadel Hill, MicMac Mall for beauty and relaxation. Fine restaurants abound in both cities, and if you want some "down east" music and just plain fun especially during our usual warm August evening, you probably won't have enough time to enjoy it all. Quite simply, some of the friendliest people anywhere are found right here too. And that's why we know you'll want to come back to see us again! 

When teams, family, and friends have a day off or have hours open between games, some "must see" places are within an hour and an hour and a half drive. Visitors should not miss Peggy's Cove, one of the most picturesque places you'll ever see, bring your digital. Just up the road from Peggy's Cove is the memorial created following the SwissAir disaster of a few years ago. A jaunt to the beautiful seaside villages of Chester, Mahone Bay, and Lunenburg is well worth it.  The Annapolis Valley with its warm climate and lush vegetation is a beautiful area within an hour's drive.  If you're looking to extend your stay for a few days, Cape Breton Island offers some of the most beautiful scenery found in this fair country.  The trip around the Cabot Trail is a must (yes, written by a true Cape Bretoner). And it's only 3 to 5 hours' driving depending on how far you go (and how fast you drive).