Two Manitoba beaches have made the list this year to fly the prestigious Blue Flag — an international eco-certification for beaches and marinas.
West Grand Beach and Winnipeg Beach are among the 24 new additions recognized by Environmental Defence for achieving international standards in four categories: water quality, environmental management, environmental education, and safety and services.
“The Blue Flag is an international symbol of excellence and a source of pride for local communities,” said Brett Tryon, Blue Flag Canada program manager. “No matter where you go, when you see a Blue Flag flying, you know you are at one of the best beaches or marinas in the world — one that is clean, has excellent facilities, and meets high safety and environmental standards.”
Besides Manitoba, Canatara Park Beach in Sarnia, ON and Waubuno Beach in Parry Sound, ON are being awarded with the eco-label for the first time as the Blue Flag program celebrates its 10th anniversary in Canada.