Blue Flag At Canatara Beach Celebrated

Blue Flag designation for Sarnia's Canatara Park Beach is celebrated. June 25, 2014 BlackburnNews.com (Photo by Melanie Irwin)

With a cool breeze and fog rolling in off Lake Huron, local dignitaries gathered at Canatara Park Beach Wednesday morning to celebrate its recent Blue Flag designation.

Blue Flag Canada Program Manager Brett Tryon congratulated the city on the achievement.

Sarnia Parks and Recreation Coordinator Shelley Erwin says they’ve been within reach of meeting the standards for several years.

Water quality was just one of 27 criteria under multiple categories the beach had to meet.

Environmental education and information, beach management, safety and accessibility were also included.

Grand Bend Beach, the Grand Bend Marina and Pt. Franks Marina also received Blue Flags this year.

There are over 3,800 Blue Flag beaches and marina’s in 46 countries.