Two Manitoba beaches have received Blue Flag status, which recognizes them around the world as clean and safe beaches.
The Manitoba government announced on Wednesday that the main beach at Winnipeg Beach Provincial Park and the west beach at Grand Beach Provincial Park are certified by Blue Flag Canada.
Blue Flag, an international program that is operated in Canada by Environmental Defence, reviews beaches based on 32 criteria related to water quality, environmental management and education, safety and services.
"This recognition reflects our commitment to upholding some of the highest standards in the world to ensure clean, safe beaches," Conservation Minister Gord Mackintosh said in a news release.
"We will proudly fly the Blue Flag at these beaches this summer as a symbol of our continuing efforts to protect and preserve our province's many wonderful natural resources so they may be enjoyed safely for generations to come."
This marks the first time Winnipeg Beach has been honoured with a Blue Flag, while it's the third year for Grand Beach, which was first recognized in 2012.
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Twenty-four beaches and marinas across Canada have Blue Flag certification.
To receive the designation, beaches must be approved by a regional jury in Canada before facing an international jury in Europe for final approval.