Environmental Defence is celebrating the end of winter with a record number of Canadian of beaches and marinas achieving the Blue Flag eco-certified designation.
Overall, 27 beaches and nine marinas across Canada are welcoming the upcoming beach and boating season by raising the flag. This includes Canada’s first ever coastal flag, flying at Aboiteau Beach in Cap-Pelé, New Brunswick. This year, Ontario welcomed the addition of two new Blue Flags, at Trent Port Marina in the Bay of Quinte, and Port Burwell East Beach in the Municipality of Bayham.
“Millions of tourists around the world look for a Blue Flag when choosing a beach or marina to visit. And there’s a good reason for that,” said Kelsey Scarfone, Blue Flag program manager with Environmental Defence. “When you see a Blue Flag raised at a beach or marina, you know that it’s clean, sustainably managed and a safe place to swim. Great family vacations start with finding a Blue Flag.”
The Blue Flag is administered in Canada by Environmental Defence and is managed internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). More than 4,000 beaches and marinas in 45 countries fly the Blue Flag. The Blue Flag represents the internationally recognised gold-standard for water quality, environmental management and education, safety, and amenities.
Here is the list of the 27 beaches and nine marinas that have received the Blue Flag in Canada this year:
- Gibsons Marina (Gibsons)
- West Grand Beach (Grand Beach Provincial Park)
- Aboiteau Beach (Cap-Pelé)
- Halifax Waterfront (Halifax)
- Bayfield Main Beach and Bluewater Marina (Municipality of Bluewater)
- Bell Park Beach and Moonlight 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)
- Colchester Harbour Marina (Town of Essex)
- Grand Bend Beach, Grand Bend Marina and Port Franks Marina (Municipality of Lambton Shores)
- LaSalle Park Marina (Burlington)
- Outlet Beach (Sandbanks Provincial Park)
- Port Burwell East Beach (Municipality of Bayham)
- Port Glasgow Beach (Municipality of West Elgin)
- Port Stanley Main Beach (Municipality of Central Elgin)
- Trent Port Marina (City of Quinte West)
- 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)
More details about the Blue Flag program and the certified marinas and beaches can be found at BlueFlag.ca.