It’s a staple during the summer months for many people who love to cool off while staying fairly local: heading to the beach.
And now, there are more beaches and marinas across Canada certified as clean and sustainable, to choose from.
Twenty-six have received the international Blue Flag award, which is a world-renowned eco-certification. When you see the Blue Flag, that indicates the water meets high safety standards.
Beaches and marinas must meet high international standards in water quality, environmental management, environmental education, and safety and services to get the Blue Flag distinction.
Bayfield Main Beach and Bluewater Marina (Municipality of Bluewater)
Bell Park Beach (Sudbury)
Bluffer’s Park Beach, Centre Island Beach, Cherry Beach, Gibraltar Point Beach, Hanlan’s Point Beach, Kew-Balmy Beach, Ward’s Island Beach and Woodbine Beach (Toronto)
Canatara Park Beach (Sarnia)
City of Barrie Marina (Barrie)
Grand Bend Beach, Grand Bend Marina and Port Franks Marina (Municipality of Lambton Shores)
LaSalle Park Marina (Burlington)
Port Glasgow Beach (Municipality of West Elgin)
Port Stanley Main Beach (Municipality of Central Elgin)
Victoria Beach (Cobourg)
Wasaga Beach areas 1, 2 and 5 (Wasaga Beach Provincial Park)
Waubuno Beach (Parry Sound)
plage de l’Est, plage de l’Ouest, and plage des Cantons (Ville de Magog)
Birch Cove Beach (Dartmouth)
Halifax Waterfront (Halifax)
Gimli Beach (Town of Gimli)
West Grand Beach (Grand Beach Provincial Park)
Winnipeg Beach (Winnipeg Beach Provincial Park)
Gibsons Marina (Gibsons)
“Visitors want to know which Canadian beaches and marinas are the best to visit and the Blue Flag helps to eliminate the guess work. When you see a Blue Flag flying, you are assured that a beach or marina is clean and meets high safety, water quality, and environmental standards. It’s a symbol trusted by millions around the world.” – Ashley Wallis, Blue Flag Program Manager with Environmental Defense.