Canadians who are planning to explore their own country this summer might want to check out some of these beaches, which have an international stamp of approval.
A list of more than 4,000 beaches and marinas around the world was compiled by the Foundation for Environmental Education. All of these bodies of water have the Blue Flag eco-certification, which means they have high standards for water quality, environmental management, visitor amenities and safety.
Twenty-seven Canadian beaches and marinas made the list this year. The Canadian list was complied in association with advocacy organization Environmental Defence.