Canada has thousands of kilometers of shoreline, spanning both coasts as well as the many lakes, rivers, and other swimming spots inland. It’s no wonder Canada is home to so many world-class waterfront destinations.
In early 2020, Swim Drink Fish, the nonprofit behind the Swim Guide initiative, became the National Operator of the Blue Flag program in Canada. The Blue Flag program recognizes communities working hard to promote swimmable, drinkable, fishable water.
When you visit a beach or marina with a Blue Flag, you know that it is being managed sustainably, that it is accessible and inclusive for all, that it has high-quality services and safety procedures, and that it actively monitors water quality.
Blue Flags are only awarded to beaches and marinas for one season. This means that the beach or marina is continually living up to these high standards.
Beyond letting you know which beaches in Canada are sustainably managed and accessible, with high-quality services, safety procedures, and water that is being monitored, Blue Flag beaches connect you to your local waters so that you can learn more about them and why access to them is so vital.
At Blue Flag beaches, environmental education activities are offered and promoted in addition to a permanent display of information relevant to the site in terms of biodiversity, ecosystems and environmental phenomena.
Blue Flag beaches and marinas also provide a sense of pride to communities and attract tourism. Blue Flag marinas also help protect the water and local environment by sustainably managing all types of waste, including recyclables, litter, compost, and hazardous waste.
Want to submit a Blue Flag application for your beach or marina? Click here for details on the application process for beaches, and for marinas.
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