Get your swimsuit and sunblock ready because these eight Toronto beaches received Blue Flag Canada certification for their clean conditions yet again.
Blue Flag is an international and annual award given to beaches and marinas that meet high environmental, safety, and cleanliness criteria.
“A Blue Flag is recognized around the world as a symbol for accessible, sustainable beaches and marinas,” said Mark Mattson, president of Swim Drink Fish, in a press release.
Swim Drink Fish has been the national operator for Blue Flag in Canada since May 2020.
The criteria for the award is quite extensive and includes 33 checkpoints over four categories, including environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management and safety and services.
These criteria include frequent water sampling and analysis, clean bathroom facilities, beaches with natural seaweed and vegetation and more.
Toronto managed to scoop eight awards for the following beaches:
- Bluffer’s Park Beach
- Centre Island Beach
- Cherry Beach
- Gibraltar Point Beach
- Hanlan’s Point Beach
- Kew-Balmy Beach
- Ward’s Island Beach
- Woodbine Beach
Toronto’s Royal Canadian Yacht Club was also awarded its first Blue Flag for its pristine marina conditions.
Jamie Keating, the commodore at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, said they are “very excited and proud to be part of the Blue Flag community, as contributors to the improvement and upkeep of one of our planet’s most sacred resources, clean fresh water in our lakes and rivers.”
Torontonians can still visit their local beaches during the current COVID-19 stay-at-home order in Ontario. However, they must adhere to proper physical distancing measures with people outside their household.
Swim Drink Fish is collaborating with Blue Flag Canada site operators to keep communities informed about COVID-19 restrictions and safety concerns.
“With people staying close to home, people are looking for places to connect with the water. We are thrilled to highlight the best beaches and marinas Canada has to offer,” said Mattson.