This summer, Canadians can visit 28 beaches and 12 marinas which have been certified as clean, safe and sustainably managed

Toronto, Ont. — Today, a record 28 beaches and 12 marinas from across Canada were awarded the Blue Flag, the most ever certified in Canada’s 15 year history with the program.  The Blue Flag is a highly prestigious international eco-certification program awarded each year, which sets the gold-standard for water quality, environmental management and education, safety, and amenities.

This year, Blue Flag Canada is welcoming four new sites, including both Parlee Beach and Shediac Bay Yacht Club in Shediac, NB.  The other two new Blue Flags will be flying in Ontario, at Tall Pines Marina in Kenora and Loyalist Cove Marina in Bath.

“When you see a Blue Flag flying at a beach or marina, you know that it’s clean, safe and sustainably managed,” said Kelsey Scarfone, Water Programs Manager with Environmental Defence. “These world-class beaches and marinas have worked hard to achieve the standards set by this prestigious award, and we’re proud to recognize that accomplishment today.”

The Blue Flag is administered in Canada by Environmental Defence and is managed internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). More than 4,000 beaches and marinas in 45 countries fly the Blue Flag.

Here is the list of the 28 beaches and 12 marinas that have received the Blue Flag in Canada this year:

British Columbia:

  • Gibsons Marina (Gibsons)

Manitoba:

  • West Grand Beach (Grand Beach Provincial Park)

New Brunswick:

  • Aboiteau Beach (Cap-Pelé)
  • Parlee Beach Provincial Park (Shediac)
  • Shediac Bay Yacht Club (Shediac)

Nova Scotia:

  • Halifax Waterfront (Halifax)

Ontario:

  • Bayfield Main Beach and Bluewater Marina (Municipality of Bluewater)
  • Bell Park Beach and Moonlight Beach (Sudbury)
  • Bluffer’s Park Beach, Centre Island Beach, Cherry Beach, Gibraltar Point Beach, Hanlan’s Point Beach, Kew-Balmy Beach, Ward’s Island Beach and Woodbine Beach (Toronto)
  • Canatara Park Beach (Sarnia)
  • City of Barrie Marina (Barrie)
  • Colchester Harbour Marina (Town of Essex)
  • Grand Bend Beach, Grand Bend Marina and Port Franks Marina (Municipality of Lambton Shores)
  • LaSalle Park Marina (Burlington)
  • Loyalist Cove Marina (Bath)
  • Outlet Beach (Sandbanks Provincial Park)
  • Port Burwell East Beach (Municipality of Bayham)
  • Port Glasgow Beach (Municipality of West Elgin)
  • Port Stanley Main Beach (Municipality of Central Elgin)
  • Trent Port Marina (City of Quinte West)
  • Tall Pines Marina (Kenora)
  • Victoria Beach (Cobourg)
  • Wasaga Beach area 1, Wasaga Beach area 2 and Wasaga Beach area 5 (Wasaga Beach Provincial Park)
  • Waubuno Beach (Parry Sound)

Quebec:

  • Plage de l’Est, plage de l’Ouest, and plage des Cantons (Ville de Magog)

More details about the Blue Flag program and the certified marinas and beaches can be found at BlueFlag.ca.

About ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (environmentaldefence.ca):  Environmental Defence is a leading Canadian advocacy organization that works with government, industry and individuals to defend clean water, a safe climate and healthy communities.

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For more information, images or interview requests please contact:

Rachel Kitchin, Environmental Defence, 416-323-9521 ext. 246;  rkitchin@environmentaldefence.ca or media@environmentaldefence.ca.