About Blue Flag

A world class beach or marina is closer than you think.

Blue Flag is a world-renowned eco-certification for beaches and marinas. When you see a Blue Flag flying, you know a beach or marina is clean and accessible; has great water quality; meets high safety standards; and is working hard to protect local shorelines and ecosystems.

Blue Flags are flying at 26 beaches and seven marinas in Canada.

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The Impact Of Blue Flag

33

Blue Flags flying across Canada

530,000

Square metres of protected shoreline

91%

of season that Blue Flag beaches exceeded national water quality standards

Success Stories

When a community flies a Blue Flag, it’s a symbol of its commitment and dedication to take care of its waterfront for future generations. Here are just a few examples of what Canadian Blue Flag beaches and marinas have made possible:

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Plage Sainte-Lucie - Blue Flag Candidate - Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Ville de Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts
Plage Tessier - Blue Flag Candidate - Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Ville de Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts
Plage Major - Blue Flag Candidate - Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Ville de Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts
Aboiteau Beach - Blue Flag Candidate, Cap-Pelé
Port Glasgow Beach, Municipality of West Elgin
Gibsons Marina, Gibsons
Port Franks Marina, Port Franks
Canatara Park Beach, Sarnia
Plage de l'Est, City of Magog
Plage de l'Ouest, City of Magog
Station Beach – Blue Flag Candidate, Kincardine
Port Stanley Main Beach, Port Stanley
LaSalle Park Marina, Burlington
Grand Bend Marina, Municipality of Lambton Shores
Grand Bend Beach, Municipality of Lambton Shores
Erieau Beach – Blue Flag Candidate, Chatham-Kent
Bluewater Marina, Bluewater
Bayfield Main Beach, Bluewater
Bell Park Beach, Sudbury
Woodbine Beach, Toronto
Ward's Island Beach, Toronto
Kew-Balmy Beach, Toronto
Hanlan's Point Beach, Toronto
Gibraltar Point Beach, Toronto
Cherry Beach, Toronto
Centre Island Beach, Toronto
Bluffer's Park Beach, Toronto
Waubuno Beach, Parry Sound
City of Barrie Marina, Barrie
Victoria Beach, Cobourg
Halifax Waterfront, Halifax
Birch Cove Beach, Dartmouth
Winnipeg Beach, Winnipeg Beach Provincial Park
West Grand Beach, Grand Beach Provincial Park, Grand Beach
Gimli Beach, Rural Municipality of Gimli, Gimli
Plage des Cantons, City of Magog
Wasaga Beach Areas 1, 2, and 5, Wasaga

Plage Sainte-Lucie - Blue Flag Candidate - Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts,

Located in the heart of the town of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, on rue Larocque, Sainte-Lucie beach is the smallest beach on Lac des Sables.  This beach invites visitors and residents to cool down while taking advantage of the services offered in the downtown area.

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Plage Tessier - Blue Flag Candidate - Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts,

This beach is situated on rue Major and is the second largest beach on Lac des Sables. It is the ideal place to relax in the sun and take advantage of the tranquility offered by the Laurentian region.

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Plage Major - Blue Flag Candidate - Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts,

Plage Major is located near the sailing school and local campgrounds. It is the largest and busiest beach at Lac des Sables, attracting tourists and residents alike.

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Aboiteau Beach - Blue Flag Candidate,

Aboiteau Beach is a beautiful sandy beach located in the heart of Cap-Pelé, in Southeast New Brunswick.Plage de l’Aboiteau est une très belle plage sablonneuse mesurant un peu plus d’un kilomètre en distance. 

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Port Glasgow Beach,

Municipality of West Elgin

Far away from the hustle and bustle of busier beaches, located on the north shores of Lake Erie, Port Glasgow’s small sandy beach is a hidden oasis of tranquility and privacy. Located at the Port Glasgow Yacht Club and Marina, the beach is close to boat charters, a bait shop, and great fishing pier.

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Gibsons Marina,

Since 1989, Gibsons Marina has provided a safe harbour for pleasure craft on Canada’s Sunshine Coast.Call, radio (VHF: 66A), or email us with your estimated arrival time; we provide dockside arrival and departure assistance. We look forward to welcoming you!

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Port Franks Marina,

Municipality of Lambton Shores

The Marina is surrounded by beautiful sand dunes, and home to several rare species of birds, fish, reptiles and insects.The Marina is open for operation from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving weekend.

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Canatara Park Beach,

City of Sarnia

Canatara Beach is an urban beach located in the heart of Sarnia, on the shores of Lake Huron near the mouth of the St. Clair River. The sandy beach stretches nearly a kilometre along the shore.

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Plage de l'Est,

Magog

Plage de l'Est is located in Magog (Quebec) facing the magnificent Lake Memphremagog. Visitors can tour the Lake Memphremagog observation tower, explore the shore by kayak, or enjoy a scenic cruise aboard the Memphremagog cruise boat.

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Plage de l'Ouest,

Magog

Plage de l'Ouest is located in Magog (Quebec) facing the magnificent Lake Memphremagog. Visitors can tour the Lake Memphremagog observation tower, explore the shore by kayak, or enjoy a scenic cruise aboard the Memphremagog cruise boat.

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Station Beach – Blue Flag Candidate,

Town of Kincardine

Station Beach is Kincardine's primary beach. Situated along Lake Huron, this beautiful sandy beach with small pebbles stretches over 1.1 km and is a favorite destination for many. The water is shallow with a gentle slope and the beach is bounded by a boardwalk.

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Port Stanley Main Beach,

Municipality of Central Elgin

The Port Stanley beach is an urban sand beach enjoyed by thousands every summer. It is situated on Lake Erie's north shore, with lots to do and everything you need close by.

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LaSalle Park Marina,

Burlington, Ontario

The Marina was conceived and exists today, as a full season, Open Public Marina funded entirely by the membership and users. The Marina offers a variety of options from more affordable seasonal or part-seasonal rentals to full senior membership.

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Grand Bend Marina,

Municipality of Lambton Shores

The Grand Bend Marina is a very active facility, offering 35 transient and 30 seasonal boat slips. The marina provides a gas dock, launch ramp, public washrooms and other services to the boating public.

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Grand Bend Beach,

Municipality of Lambton Shores

Grand Bend Beach consists of approximately 20 acres of beautiful sandy beach. Located in an urban/resort setting, Main Beach is enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. The area serving the beach is the exciting and vibrant downtown area of Grand Bend with dozens of restaurants, snack bars and more - all within walking distance.

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Erieau Beach – Blue Flag Candidate,

Municipality of Chatham-Kent - Blue Flag Candidate

Erieau Beach is located on the North Shores of Lake Erie and is home to some of the warmest water around. The beach is surrounded by natural dunes and cottonwood savanna, which provide habitat for the Fowlers Toad and Hop Tree, Species at Risk. Restaurants, a brewery and a food cart are all within walking distance of the beach and provide a wide variety of goodies that will have visitors wanting to come back for more.

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Bluewater Marina,

Municipality of Bluewater

Beautiful Bluewater Marina is located on the south side of the Bayfield River, close to where the mouth of the River empties into Lake Huron, and at the bottom of the Bayfield River watershed. There is a public launch site nearby, and a popular fishing pier.

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Bayfield Main Beach,

Municipality of Bluewater

Bayfield Main Beach is located in Bayfield, Ontario on the shores of Lake Huron. On the north side of the beach, the pier at the mouth of the Bayfield River provides opportunities for boat watching, fishing or strolling at sunset. A pedestrian walkway a short distance east of the beach joins the beach and marina visitors to the scenic Main Street of Bayfield.

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Bell Park Beach,

Sudbury, Ontario

Bell Park is a large municipal park in Greater Sudbury, located on the western shore of Lake Ramsey. It is the site for many annual special events including Northern Lights Festival Boreal, and the Sudbury Dragon Boat Races.

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Woodbine Beach,

Toronto, Ontario

Large sandy beach along the eastern shore of the Toronto waterfront. Close to residential area and many amenities, including playground for young children. This is an urban beach and is easily accessible from downtown hotels.

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Ward's Island Beach,

Toronto, Ontario

Ward's Island Beach is a sandy beach on the eastern shore of Toronto Island, facing Lake Ontario. Very peaceful and rustic, this beach is bordered by trees and natural grasses, and is a great beach for families. Lifeguards are present daily from 11:30 to 18:30 with first aid equipment on site.

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Kew-Balmy Beach,

Toronto, Ontario

Located in "The Beach" neighbourhood east of Lee Ave., this 1.2-kilometre set of sand pocket beaches is served by the Eastern Beaches boardwalk and the paved Martin Goodman Trail. The Leuty Lifesaving Station, an icon of the Toronto waterfront, lies at Kew-Balmy's west-end.

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Hanlan's Point Beach,

Toronto, Ontario

Hanlan's Point Beach is a sandy beach on the western shore of Toronto Island with a great view of the City. Very peaceful and rustic, this beach is bordered by vegetated sand dunes. This is a CLOTHING OPTIONAL beach. Lifeguards are present daily from 11:30 to 18:30, with first aid equipment on site.

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Gibraltar Point Beach,

Toronto, Ontario

This beach is sweetly tucked between Centre Island and Hanlan's Point Beach. Facing Lake Ontario, this sandy beach is perfect for relaxing. Gibraltar Point Beach is lifeguarded daily from 11:30 to 18:30 with first aid available on site. All amenities are within walking distance.

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Cherry Beach,

Toronto, Ontario

Cherry Beach is a secluded, sandy beach in the Toronto Portlands. Recently re-developed as part of the City's waterfront redevelopment project, this beach is surrounded by tall trees, and has picnic tables and barbeque pits available for visitors to use.

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Centre Island Beach,

Toronto, Ontario

Centre Island Beach is a sandy beach on the eastern shore of Toronto Island, facing Lake Ontario. Very peaceful and rustic, this is a great spot for families.

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Bluffer's Park Beach,

Toronto, Ontario

Bluffer’s Park has a long, sandy beach, picnic areas, walks, and lookouts. It is located beneath the Scarborough Bluffs, a 5000 year-old escarpment formed by the erosion of packed clay.

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Waubuno Beach,

Parry Sound

Waubuno Beach is situated in Parry Sound on the shores of beautiful eastern Georgian Bay. This area, with its 30,000 islands, is recognized as a UNESCO World Biosphere. It is located at the bottom of Prospect Street and parking is free.  The beach can also be accessed on foot or bicycle by the Rotary and the Algonquin Regiment Fitness Trail. This trail provides a handy connection to the restaurants and other services in downtown Parry Sound and is a perfect location for an evening stroll to admire the sunset.

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City of Barrie Marina,

Barrie, Ontario

The City of Barrie Marina has 15 serviced boatslips that can accommodate boats up to 60’ exclusively for use by transient boaters. In addition there is the Bayfield St. Government Wharf that can accommodate up to 15 boats, plus another 20 serviced boatslips adjacent to Heritage Park. The maximum length of stay and the checkout and check-in times vary depending on the location of the transient dock.

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Victoria Beach,

Town of Cobourg

Victoria Beach is on the shore of Lake Ontario, one of the Great Lakes and about an hour east of Toronto along the 401. A quiet respite from the big city, or a social hub for gathering friends and family, Cobourg Beach is a long white stretch of sand that draws thousands of visitors into a historic Lake Ontario town.

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Halifax Waterfront,

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Step off your vessel and onto the town. Whether you are looking for fine dining seaside or curb side fish and chips, local artisan's wares or gallery exhibits, you are docked in the heart of the city - it's all here.

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Birch Cove Beach,

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Birch Cove Beach, located on Lake Banook in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, is a local favourite for both swimming and paddling.  As one of the most popular lifeguarded beaches in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), Birch Cove, in season, averages more than 200 visitors per day.

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Winnipeg Beach,

Winnipeg Beach Provincial Park

Families are rediscovering Winnipeg Beach Provincial Park as a terrific place to celebrate summer.  See the sights, stroll the beach and catch the same cool breeze that sets the windsurfers skimming across the water.

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West Grand Beach, Grand Beach Provincial Park,

West Grand Beach

Dunes 12 metres high and kilometres of inviting, fine sand receive waves of the great prairie sea. This is Grand Beach, located on Lake Winnipeg, the sixth largest lake in Canada.

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Gimli Beach, Rural Municipality of Gimli,

Gimli Beach

The Rural Municipality of Gimli partnered with the Province of Manitoba, East Interlake Conservation District and the Gimli Environmental Advisory Committee (GEAC) to achieve Blue Flag status and has been working diligently on the project since 2008. Council of the Rural Municipality of Gimli has committed to maintaining a clean, environmentally friendly and safe beach for all users.

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Plage des Cantons,

Magog

Plage des Cantons is located in Magog (Quebec) facing the magnificent Lake Memphremagog. This 100 meter long beach offers picnic tables, a food stand and a restaurant (Lady of the Lake), as well as various touristic, cultural and environmental activities.

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Wasaga Beach Areas 1, 2, and 5,

Wasaga Beach Provincial Park

This 14-kilometre, sandy beach is located on Georgian Bay. Every summer thousands of people flock to this provincial park to enjoy its natural wonder. The park features hiking trails, a historic site that tells Wasaga's colourful naval history, jazz concerts and environmental educational activities.

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