Record year for Canada as nine marinas and twenty-seven beaches awarded the prestigious Blue Flag
This year Canada welcomes its first ever coastal beach to the eco-certification program, proving Canada’s coastline to be a world-class destination for holidaymakers
Toronto, Ont. — After a long winter, 27 beaches and nine marinas across Canada are welcoming the upcoming beach and boating season by raising their prestigious Blue Flag eco-certification. The Blue Flag represents the internationally recognised gold-standard for water quality, environmental management and education, safety, and amenities.
This year, a record number of beaches and marinas across the country have earned the Blue Flag, including Canada’s first ever coastal flag, flying at Aboiteau Beach in Cap-Pelé, NB. Ontario also welcomes the addition of two new Blue Flags, at Trent Port Marina in the Bay of Quinte, and Port Burwell East Beach in the Municipality of Bayham.
“Millions of tourists around the world look for a Blue Flag when choosing a beach or marina to visit. And there’s a good reason for that,” said Kelsey Scarfone, Blue Flag Program Manager with Environmental Defence. “When you see a Blue Flag raised at a beach or marina, you know that it’s clean, sustainably managed and a safe place to swim. Great family vacations start with finding a Blue Flag.”
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.