TORONTO, June 5, 2012 /CNW/ - This summer, 17 beaches and four marinas
will fly the Blue Flag in Canada. Blue Flag is an international
eco-label awarded to beaches and marinas that meet high environmental
And as the program marks its 25th year, Canada sees the first certified beaches and marinas outside
Ontario. Manitoba, Quebec and Nova Scotia are receiving Blue Flags for
the first time. B.C. is next in line, with Harrison Hot Springs Beach
in the pilot phase of the program.
To be awarded a Blue Flag, beaches and marinas must meet four sets of
criteria: water quality, environmental management, environmental
education and safety and services. If a beach has a Blue Flag, people
can be assured that it is clean, sustainably managed and great for
Worldwide there are 3,098 Blue Flag beaches and 646 marinas in 46
countries. Blue Flags have been awarded in Canada since 2005.
Internationally, the program is managed by the Foundation for
Environmental Education (FEE), based in Denmark. Environmental Defence
is the national operator of Blue Flag in Canada.
"More and more communities want Blue Flag recognition," said Brett
Tryon, Blue Flag Coordinator for Environmental Defence. "They know it
encourages environmental stewardship and engages people with the
waterfront. Beach operators and volunteers have worked hard to earn
this award and we are proud to see the Blue Flag community continue to
Beaches and marinas flying Blue Flags for the first time this summer
West Grand Beach on Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba
Plage de l'Est, Plage de l'Ouest and Plage des Cantons on Lake
Memphremagog in Quebec
Halifax Waterfront in Nova Scotia (marina)
They join 14 beaches and 3 marinas in Ontario that have been re-awarded
Port Stanley Main Beach on Lake Erie in the Municipality of Central
Grand Bend Beach, Grand Bend Marina and Port Franks Marina on Lake Huron
in the Municipality of Lambton Shores
Bayfield Main Beach and Bluewater Marina on Lake Huron in the
Municipality of Bluewater
Station Beach on Lake Huron in Kincardine
Sauble Beach on Lake Huron in the Town of South Bruce Peninsula
Wasaga Beach Provincial Park, on Georgian Bay
Toronto has a whopping eight Blue Flag beaches: 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.
"Grand Bend has always been known for its world renowned sunsets," said
Mayor Bill Weber of the Municipality of Lambton Shores, Ontario, "but
now, the Blue Flag designation lets the world know that our beach and
marinas meet the highest standard for water quality, environmental
management, environmental education and safety. Meeting these high
standards is the result of community and staff support, and we feel it
is a very important factor in attracting tourists to our area."
Several beaches are participating as candidates, including Canatara Park
Beach in Sarnia, Ontario, Birch Cove Beach in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and
Harrison Hot Springs Beach in BC. These beaches could get a Blue Flag
as early as 2013.
More details about the Blue Flag program and the certified marinas and
beaches can be found on the web site at www.BlueFlag.ca.
About Environmental Defence (environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is the Canadian Operator of the Blue Flag
Program. Environmental Defence is Canada's most effective environmental
action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government,
business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life
for all. www.environmentaldefence.ca
About The Foundation for Environmental Education (www.fee-international.org): The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) is a not-for-profit,
non-governmental organization consisting of member organizations
representing 63 countries worldwide. FEE actively promotes and delivers
education about the environment and sustainable development through
international programs such as the Blue Flag Program.
SOURCE Environmental Defence
For further information:
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Stephanie Kohls, Environmental Defence, 416-323-9521 ext. 232; 647-280-9521 (cell)