Toronto – As the beach season gets underway, the City of Toronto will raise the Blue Flag at its beaches for the 10th year in a row, marking a new milestone in Canada. This year, eight Toronto beaches have received the prestigious international eco-award.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 18
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Woodbine Beach – Northern Dancer Blvd. and Lakeshore Blvd. E. by the bathing station
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Toronto city officials raising the Blue Flag; members of the public enjoying the beach; Blue Flag Program Manager, Brett Tryon will be available to speak about the program and its history in Toronto.
The Blue Flag is an internationally recognized and respected eco-label awarded to beaches and marinas that have achieved international standards in four categories: water quality, environmental management, environmental education, and safety and services.
Canada’s first Blue Flags were flown in 2005 at Cherry Beach, Hanlan’s Point Beach, Ward’s Island Beach and Woodbine Beach. Since then the number of Toronto beaches with the Blue Flag has doubled from four to eight, with flags also flying now at
More details about the Blue Flag program and the certified marinas and beaches can be found at
About Environmental Defence (  Environmental Defence is the Canadian Operator of the Blue Flag Program. Environmental Defence is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.
For more information, images or interview requests please contact:
Jen Mayville, Environmental Defence, 416-323-9521 ext. 228; 905-330-0172 (cell);