Canadian summers may be short lived, but boy do we know how to make them count! And there’s no better way to show that we’re living our best summer lives than with a day spent on the beach. Since 2004, Blue Flag Canada has been helping you choose the best place to throw down a towel, catch some rays or enjoy a swim.

There is no shortage of beautiful Canadian beaches, and we want to see your favorites. This summer, you could win some awesome prizes, including a brand new Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6, by snapping a pic and entering our 2018 Life’s A Beach Photo Contest on Instagram. Remember, you’ve got to be In-sta it to win-sta it! (sorry not sorry)


Life's a Beach contest winner 2017
Tyler Cave won 1st place in the 2017 contest with this beauty – wow!


Entering is as simple as following @Envirodefence on Instagram, and tagging your photo with #BlueFlagPhotoContest. Because, if you didn’t post it on the “Gram” – were you even really at the beach?

We can’t wait to see photos of your favorite things about a beach day – the sun, the surf, and people having a great time! If showing off your Instagram and photography skills wasn’t enough, there are some fabulous prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.


This shot of beach volleyball netted Azra Popat third prize last year


If we love your photo the best you could win a Blue Flag prize pack, an Instax camera AND a $100 Henry’s Camera gift card.

The Blue Flag prize back includes a hat, bandana and a Swell water bottle valued at $45. Not too shabby!

So – what are you waiting for? Summer is here! Grab your smart phone, snap a pic, then follow @Envirodefence and hashtag it with #BlueFlagPhotoContest.

For full rules and some Ts&Cs, go to

Life’s a Beach – so get out there and Instagram it!