With longer days and warmer weather on the way, Canadians are daydreaming about the day when you can finally dip your toe back into that lake or ocean – or even just dive in head first.

And we have some great news for you: this year more beaches and marinas have been awarded the Blue Flag than ever before!

This year, 28 beaches and 12 marinas from the Pacific to Atlantic oceans and everywhere in between are being recognized as the best-of-the-best. In order to receive a Blue Flag, beaches and marinas meet a set of strict standards under four criteria categories: Environmental Education, Environmental Management, Water Quality, and Safety & Services.

We’re happy to welcome three new marinas and one new beach to the Blue Flag program—including our first Northwestern Ontario flag!

  • Parlee Beach – Parlee Beach Provincial Park, New Brunswick
  • Shediac Bay Yacht Club – Shediac, New Brunswick
  • Tall Pines Marina – Kenora, Ontario
  • Loyalist Cove Marina – Bath, Ontario
Loyalist Cove Marina in Bath, Ontario is another beautiful place to go boating this summer

These top-quality waterfront destinations join over 4,000 beaches and marinas in 45 countries that have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in order to receive the Blue Flag.

Blue Flag is an international eco-certification that originated in Europe in 1987, and is administered internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). In Canada, Environmental Defence is the national operator of the program.

Environmental education is an important part of achieving the Blue Flag award. Visitors are encouraged to connect with the nature – splash in the water, play with the sand, learn about the local birds, plants and underwater creatures, and how to protect the health of the shoreline ecosystem. Blue Flag beach and marina managers are working to ensure Canada’s beaches, lakes, and coasts can be enjoyed for generations of summer fun traditions.

So, the next time you’re thinking about that perfect boating or beach destination, check out the beaches and marinas listed on blueflag.ca or blueflag.global and choose to visit a Blue Flag. You know it will be well maintained, managed responsibly, and a great spot to spend some quality time with your friends and family.