These are the 27 cleanest and safest beaches in Canada

May 16 2018, 9:42 pm

A record number of beaches and marinas across Canada have earned the prestigious Blue Flag eco-certification.

According to Environmental Defence, the Canadian Operator of the Blue Flag Program, 27 beaches and nine marinas across the country will be flying the Blue Flag, representing the internationally recognized gold-standard for water quality, environmental management and education, safety, and amenities.

“Millions of tourists around the world look for a Blue Flag when choosing a beach or marina to visit. 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.”

More than 4,000 beaches and marinas in 45 countries fly the Blue Flag, and that includes the Canadian recipients.

Here is the list of the 27 beaches and nine marinas that have received the Blue Flag in Canada in 2018:

British Columbia:

Gibsons Marina (Gibsons)


West Grand Beach (Grand Beach Provincial Park)

New Brunswick:

Aboiteau Beach (Cap-Pelé)

Nova Scotia:

Halifax Waterfront (Halifax)


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)
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)
Victoria Beach (Cobourg)
Wasaga Beach areas 1, 2 and 5 (Wasaga Beach Provincial Park)
Waubuno Beach (Parry Sound)


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

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