The West Beach at Grand Beach Provincial Park has received the Blue Flag eco-certification for 2017. (Brook Jones/Interlake Publishing/Postmedia Network)
Two Interlake communities received the presitigious Blue Flag eco-certification May 17, just in time to celebrate Canada’s 150th.
West Grand Beach at Grand Beach Provincial Park and Winnipeg Beach were selected to fly the flag, along with 25 other beaches across Canada.
“Millions of people around the world look for the Blue Flag when choosing a beach or marina to visit, and there’s a good reason for that,” said Brett Tryon, Blue Flag Program Manager with Environmental Defence, in a prepared statement.
“A Blue Flag means that a beach or marina is clean, sustainably managed, and meets high safety standards. It is truly a symbol of excellence.”
The certification is handed out by Environmental Defence in Canada. Internationally, the program is now in its 30th year and has seen over 4,000 beaches in 47 countries fly the flag.
A press release by Environmental Defence Canada said to receive a Blue Flag, beaches and marinas “must meet high international standards in water quality, environmental management, environmental education, and safety and services.”