Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Blue Flag Canada

Environmental Defence is working to protect and improve coastal ecosystems throughout Canada. As the coordinator of Blue Flag Canada, Environmental Defence works with beach and marina managers, their partners, and community stakeholders to achieve the international Blue Flag award. To be certified Blue Flag, beaches must meet 27 criteria. Marinas have 22 criteria to meet. Both sets of criteria are categorized under water quality, environmental education, environmental management, and safety and services. These criteria are further divided into imperative and guideline criteria. In order to achieve Blue Flag status, a beach or marina must meet all the imperative criteria in a summer season. Check out the detailed program criteria for beaches and marinas. Wasaga Beach proudly flies the Blue Flag!

Wasaga Beach Provincial Park: This 14-kilometre, sandy beach is located on Georgian Bay. Every summer thousands of people flock to this provincial park to enjoy its natural wonder. The park features hiking trails, a historic site that tells Wasaga's colourful naval history, jazz concerts and environmental educational activities. Life guards patrol the entire beach area and first aid equipment is readily available. All necessary amenities are within walking distance. To get to this beach, take highway 26 north. View Historical Water Quality Data For Wasaga.

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