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Blue Flag

Blue Flag is an internationally respected eco-label granted on an annual basis to beaches and marinas that have achieved international standards in water quality, environmental management, environmental education, safety and services. The Great Lakes are home to over twenty Blue Flags.

Blue Flag beaches and marinas meet strict criteria designed to ensure a site is being managed responsibly for people, the environment, and the long-term health of the coastal ecosystem. When a community flies a Blue Flag, it represents a symbol of commitment and dedication to its waterfront for future generations. One of the best things about the award is it takes the guess work out of picking a beach to visit with friends or family.

If you’re a beach or marina operator, consider pursuing Blue Flag designation for your beach or marina. Contact Environmental Defence to make sure your beach or marina is ready to fly the Blue Flag. If you’re a beach visitor, go to to learn more about the program.

Blue Flag is run internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education in Denmark. In Canada the program is run by Environmental Defence Canada, a national environmental charity.

Phone: 416-323-9521


Facebook: Environmental Defence Canada

Instagram: @envirodefence

Address: 116 Spadina Avenue, Suite 300, Toronto ON, M5V 2K6