By The Canadian Press
TORONTO — Four beaches and marinas in Manitoba and Ontario have been added to a growing list of Canadian locales with Blue Flag status.
The internationally renowned eco-certification acknowledges that a beach or marina is clean, swimmable and meets high safety and environmental standards.
Gimli Beach in Gimli, Man., is among the newest additions to the list.
Two marinas and a beach in Ontario have also been awarded the Blue Flag: Bell Park Beach in Sudbury, City of Barrie Marina, and LaSalle Park Marina in Burlington.
The Blue Flag award is administered in Canada by Environmental Defence and is managed internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education.
More than 4,000 beaches and marinas have been certified in 49 countries worldwide.