Ever heard of the term ‘Blue Flag’ used in Canada before? We think we have, but it also might have just come to us in a dream and now we’re misremembering. Either way, this global programme has been on the leading edge of keeping beaches, marinas, and even boats on an even keel, so to speak. And this year, dozens of spots in Canada made the cut!

As a little background info, the Blue Flag award basically means that a space has met some pretty serious criteria for visitors, wildlife, and the environment. Going above and beyond “having a garbage can” or something, Blue Flag lays out a variety of criteria for the spaces to meet.

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Anyway, here are the spots in Canada that earned a Blue Flag for 2022:

Nova Scotia

  • Halifax Waterfront Marina

New Brunswick

  • Aboiteau Beach
  • Parlee Beach (Provincial Park)
  • Shediac Bay Yacht Club


  • Plage de l’Est
  • Plage de l’Ouest
  • Plage des Cantons


  • Loyalist Cove Marina
  • Trent Port Marina
  • Bluffer’s Beach
  • Kew-Balmy Beach
  • Woodbine Beach
  • Cherry Beach
  • Hanlan’s Point
  • Ward’s Island Beach
  • Royal Canadian Yacht Club
  • Centre Island Beach
  • Gibraltar Point
  • Port Burwell Municipal East Beach
  • Port Stanley Main Beach
  • Bluewater Marina
  • Grand Bend Beach
  • Grand Bend Marina
  • Port Franks Marina
  • Canatara Park Beach
  • City of Barrie Marina
  • Wasaga Beach, Area 1
  • Moonlight Beach
  • Bell Park Beach
  • Spruce Beach
  • Spine Beac
  • Tall Pines Marina

Yeah… it looks like waterfront areas in Eastern Canada are a little more focused on earning the Blue Flag status than those in the west. To learn more about the program, just click here!