Best Beaches in Canada.
When you think of Canada, usually the winter season is used to imagine the beautiful country. You know, the classic igloos, hockey and 8 feet of snow tends to describe Canada as a whole. But that is furthest from the truth. Canada is a nation rich in waterfront with more coastline than any other country in the world (over 200,000 kilometres) and has 60 % of the world’s lakes. Yes, the winters can be rough. However, when the warm temperatures arise, Canadians really know how to celebrate the warm weather to the fullest. Whether it’s the cottages, bbqs or at one of the best beaches in Canada, every weekend is a fun getaway from work life stresses.
But we ask, which beaches are the cleanest and safest in the country?
You’ll be surprised to learn that Canada has 24 beaches and 4 marinas that currently fly the Blue Flag. The Blue Flag is an international program which was created in 1985, operated by the Foundation for Environmental Eduction in Denmark and is administered by the Environmental Defence in Canada.
In order to fly the Blue Flag, beaches and marinas must meet a strict set of criteria under 4 categories:
1) Water quality
2) Safety and services
3) Environmental education
4) Environmental management
Here is a list of the 24 beaches and 4 marinas that have been awarded the Blue Flag rating:
Bayfield Main Beach and Bluewater Marina (Municipality of Bluewater)
Bluffer’s Park Beach (Toronto)
Centre Island Beach (Toronto)
Cherry Beach (Toronto)
Gibraltar Point Beach (Toronto)
Hanlan’s Point Beach (Toronto)
Kew-Balmy Beach (Toronto)
Ward’s Island Beach (Toronto)
Woodbine Beach (Toronto)
Canatara Park Beach (Sarnia)
Grand Bend Beach, Grand Bend Marina and Port Franks Marina (Municipality of Lambton Shores)
Port Stanley Main Beach (Municipality of Central Elgin)
Sauble Beach (Town of South Bruce Peninsula)
Station Beach (Kincardine)
Wasaga Beach areas 1, 2 and 5 (Wasaga Beach Provincial Park)
Waubuno Beach (Parry Sound)
West Grand Beach (Grand Beach Provincial Park)
Winnipeg Beach (Winnipeg Beach Provincial Park)
Birch Cove Beach (Dartmouth)
Halifax Waterfront (Halifax)
Plage de l’Est, Plage de l’Ouest, Plage des Cantons (Ville de Magog)
Having the blue flag brings a sense of comfort to mind that you’ll be able to swim safely knowing that there is excellent water quality, and the beach is safe, accessible and clean.
This summer make sure you enjoy the best beaches in Canada!