Eighteen beaches and eight marinas were awarded the coveted Blue Flag certification for the year 2021.
Blue Flag is an international award given to beaches and marinas that meet high environmental, safety, and cleanliness standards.
The Blue Flag program in Canada is administered by Swim Drink Fish. Mark Mattson, President & Waterkeeper, Swim Drink Fish through a statement said, “A Blue Flag is recognized around the world as a symbol for accessible, sustainable beaches and marinas. With people staying close to home, people are looking for places to connect with the water.”
7 Ontario beaches that were awarded Blue Flag certification in 2020 did not receive the certification this year mainly due to lack of testing during COVID-19.
The water quality of a Blue Flag beach will change especially if it has rained two days prior to swimming.
2021 Blue Flag Canada Beaches and Marinas in Ontario
- Bell Park Beach, Sudbury
- Bluffer’s Park Beach, Toronto
- Canatara Park Beach, Sarnia
- Centre Island Beach, Toronto
- Cherry Beach, Toronto
- Gibraltar Point Beach, Toronto
- Grand Bend Beach, Municipality of Lambton Shores
- Hanlan’s Point Beach, Toronto
- Kew-Balmy Beach, Toronto
- Moonlight Beach, Sudbury
- Port Burwell East Beach, Port Burwell
- Port Stanley Main Beach, Port Stanley
- Spine Beach, Elliot Lake
- Spruce Beach, Elliot Lake
- Ward’s Island Beach, Toronto
- Wasaga Beach Area 1, Wasaga
- Wasaga Beach Area 2, Wasaga
- Woodbine Beach, Toronto
2021 Blue Flag Canada Marinas in Ontario
- Bluewater Marina, Bluewater
- City of Barrie Marina, Barrie
- Grand Bend Marina, Municipality of Lambton Shores
- Loyalist Cove Marina, Bath
- Port Franks Marina, Municipality of Lambton Shores
- Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Toronto
- Tall Pines Marina, Kenora
- Trent Port Marina, Trenton