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Twenty-nine beaches and nine marinas have earned the prestigious Blue Flag Canada certification this year. Blue Flag is an international award given to beaches and marinas that meet high environmental, safety, and cleanliness standards. Swim Drink Fish became the National Operator of the Blue Flag program in Canada earlier this year.

The Blue Flag will be an important symbol for Canadians looking for memorable beach and marina experiences this summer. This prestigious award is especially powerful this year, when more Canadians than ever before will be looking for local destinations to connect with nature during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blue Flag Canada welcomes two new Blue Flag beaches, Spruce Beach and Spine Beach in Elliot Lake, Ontario. All other 2020 Blue Flag Canada sites have previously achieved Blue Flag certification. The full list of 2020 Blue Flag Canada recipients is below.

Blue Flag International will recognize Blue Flag Canada beaches and marinas in its global announcement on June 10, 2020.

2020 Blue Flag Canada beaches and marinas

Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pelé, New Brunswick

Bell Park Beach, Sudbury, Ontario

Bluffer’s Park Beach, Toronto, Ontario

Canatara Park Beach, Sarnia, Ontario

Centre Island Beach, Toronto, Ontario

Cherry Beach, Toronto, Ontario

Gibraltar Point Beach, Toronto, Ontario

Grand Bend Beach, Municipality of Lambton Shores, Ontario

Hanlan’s Point Beach, Toronto, Ontario

Kew-Balmy Beach, Toronto, Ontario

Moonlight Beach, Sudbury, Ontario

Outlet Beach, Sandbanks Provincial Park, Prince Edward County, Ontario

Parlee Beach Provincial Park, Shediac, New Brunswick

Pier Beach (Bayfield Main Beach), Bluewater, Ontario

Plage de l’Est, Magog, Quebec

Plage de l’Ouest, Magog, Quebec

Plage des Cantons, Magog, Quebec

Port Burwell East Beach, Port Burwell, Ontario

Port Glasgow Beach, Municipality of West Elgin, Ontario

Port Stanley Main Beach, Port Stanley, Ontario

Spruce Beach, Elliot Lake, Ontario

Spine Beach, Elliot Lake, Ontario

Victoria Beach, Cobourg, Ontario

Ward’s Island Beach, Toronto, Ontario

Wasaga Beach Area 1, Wasaga, Ontario

Wasaga Beach Area 2, Wasaga, Ontario

Wasaga Beach Area 5, Wasaga, Ontario

Waubuno Beach, Parry Sound, Ontario

Woodbine Beach, Toronto, Ontario

Bluewater Marina, Bluewater, Ontario

City of Barrie Marina, Barrie, Ontario

Grand Bend Marina, Municipality of Lambton Shores, Ontario

Halifax Waterfront, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Loyalist Cove Marina, Bath, Ontario

Port Franks Marina, Municipality of Lambton Shores, Ontario

Shediac Bay Yacht Club, Shediac, New Brunswick

Tall Pines Marina, Kenora, Ontario

Trent Port Marina, Trenton, Ontario

“A Blue Flag is recognized around the world as a symbol for accessible, sustainable beaches and marinas. With temperatures soaring, people are looking for places to connect with the water. We are thrilled to highlight the best beaches and marinas Canada has to offer.”

— Mark Mattson, President & Waterkeeper, Swim Drink Fish

“We want to do our part to protect people and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadians want to know how to access their favourite beaches and marinas safely and responsibly. Local businesses and governments want the same thing. Our role is to help connect people with water in ways that protect public health, the environment, and the community.”

— Krystyn Tully, Vice President, Swim Drink Fish

“Blue Flag International is excited to collaborate with Swim Drink Fish to recognize beaches and marinas that meet our standard for global excellence. Blue Flag is playing an important role in helping local communities and tourists connect with water safely and sustainable, not just in Canada but around the world. Congratulations to all the Blue Flag beaches and marinas in Canada.”

— Sophie Bachet Granados, International Director, Blue Flag International

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