Waubuno Beach is once again getting a Blue Flag.

It’s just one of 28 beaches across Canada with the designation. The Blue Flag is a prestigious international eco-certification program awarded each year. The program takes into account things like water quality, environmental management and education, safety, and amenities.

“When you see a Blue Flag flying at a beach or marina, you know that it’s clean, safe and sustainably managed,” said Kelsey Scarfone, Water Programs Manager with Environmental Defence. “These world-class beaches and marinas have worked hard to achieve the standards set by this prestigious award, and we’re proud to recognize that accomplishment today.”

On top of the 28 beaches, 12 marinas have been given the Blue Flag status as well. The 40 total Blue Flags is a record for the program’s 15-year history in Canada.

The Blue Flag is administered in Canada by Environmental Defence and is managed internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education. More than 4,000 beaches and marinas in 45 countries fly the Blue Flag.