After a long, cold winter, we’re eagerly awaiting the first signs of summer. Birds? Check. Flowers? Check. Blue Flag beach and marina announcements? Heck yes! We could not be more ready to hit up some of Canada’s cleanest, and most sustainably managed beaches this season. And this year, there are more than ever that made that gold-standard.
Every year beaches and marinas get the chance to apply for a Blue Flag, a prestigious eco-certification. These beaches and marinas are being recognized internationally as the best of the best. And this year we have a record high of 27 beaches and 9 marinas in Canada flying the flag! To get this coveted award they’ve had to prove their excellence in four categories:
- Water quality: Blue Flag has strict water quality standards so you know it’s a great place for you and your family to swim
- Environmental management: Beaches and marinas follow sustainable management practices and protect the environment
- Safety: Flying a Blue Flag means having safety equipment, first aid and emergency response plans in place
- Environmental education: With each flag comes education opportunities to learn more about the shoreline ecosystem around you. Initiatives are posted at the beach or marina for you to check out!
Check out this year’s newest additions – these sites join 4,423 flags flying in 45 countries.
In very exciting news, this year Blue Flag Canada has awarded its first ocean beach! Beautiful Aboiteau Beach in Cap-Pele, New Brunswick has been working hard since 2015 to achieve Blue Flag status, and this year they’ve done it. This beach is a gem of Acadia. We’re talking warm shallow waters, incredible sunsets (see photo…) and the freshest local seafood served right by the beach. Sounds pretty good to us!
Port Burwell East Beach in the Municipality of Bayham, ON, will also be raising its flag for the first time this season. This quaint town on the shores of Lake Erie boasts a long stretch of sandy shoreline with volleyball nets, accessible facilities and excellent waters for swimming and splashing around. The beach has wide open spaces to enjoy, and beautiful natural features such as dunes and bird habitat all around. It’s the perfect place for an Ontario stay-cation.
For our newest marina we head East – to Lake Ontario and the gateway to the Trent-Severn Waterway. Trent Port Marina, in the City of Quinte West, is proud to be internationally recognized with the Blue Flag award. This marina is state of the art, has brand new, energy efficient amenities for boaters, and holds environmental sustainability at the core of its operations.
It’s the perfect place to dock in before heading out on an excursion on the Trent-Severn. The marina is also a lovely place to ride your bike to, or relax in one of their gardens and spend time by the water.
These newest Blue Flag sites are just the beginning. There are 27 beaches and 9 marinas across Canada to enjoy this summer! The Blue Flag program takes the guesswork out when you’re choosing where to spend your day on the shore. When you choose Blue Flag, you know it’s going to be good.
Visit our website to learn more about our Blue Flags across the country.