With trips cancelled, camping looking iffy and concerts and festivals closed for the foreseeable future, the hot ticket this summer will no doubt be any place you can cool off. And with social distancing in full play, the great outdoors might just be the safest playground.

Backed by the good people at Swim Drink Fish, the list of safe ‘Blue Flag Canada‘ approved beaches for swimming and public use have just been announced. Swim Drink Fish is a charity dedicated to bettering our lakes and streams, ensuring future Canadians have access to our greatest asset; clean drinking water.

While we’re surrounded by more fresh water than anywhere else in the world, it doesn’t always mean it’s safe to drink or swim in, or to eat the fish that are caught from. This organization has amassed a plethora of impressive data and analysis on our lakes, each year grading and reviewing what is safe for use.

Here is their list for Blue Flag approved beaches this summer:

Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pelé, New Brunswick
Bell Park Beach, Sudbury, Ontario
Bluffer’s Park Beach, Toronto, Ontario
Canatara Park Beach, Sarnia, Ontario
Centre Island Beach, Toronto, Ontario
Cherry Beach, Toronto, Ontario
Gibraltar Point Beach, Toronto, Ontario
Grand Bend Beach, Municipality of Lambton Shores, Ontario
Hanlan’s Point Beach, Toronto, Ontario
Kew-Balmy Beach, Toronto, Ontario
Moonlight Beach, Sudbury, Ontario
Outlet Beach, Sandbanks Provincial Park, Prince Edward County, Ontario
Parlee Beach Provincial Park, Shediac, New Brunswick
Pier Beach (Bayfield MainBeach), Bluewater, Ontario
Plage de l’Est, Magog, Quebec
Plage de l’Ouest, Magog, Quebec
Plage des Cantons, Magog, Quebec
Port Burwell East Beach, Port Burwell, Ontario
Port Glasgow Beach, Municipality of West Elgin, Ontario
Port Stanley Main Beach, Port Stanley, Ontario
Spruce Beach, Elliot Lake, Ontario
Spine Beach, Elliot Lake, Ontario
Victoria Beach, Cobourg, Ontario
Ward’s Island Beach, Toronto, Ontario
Wasaga Beach Area 1, Wasaga, Ontario
Wasaga Beach Area 2, Wasaga, Ontario
Wasaga Beach Area 5, Wasaga, Ontario
Waubuno Beach, Parry Sound, Ontario
Woodbine Beach, Toronto, Ontario

Bluewater Marina, Bluewater, Ontario
City of Barrie Marina, Barrie, Ontario
Grand Bend Marina, Municipality of Lambton Shores, Ontario
Halifax Waterfront, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Loyalist Cove Marina, Bath, Ontario
Port Franks Marina, Municipality of Lambton Shores, Ontario
Shediac Bay Yacht Club, Shediac, New Brunswick
Tall Pines Marina, Kenora, Ontario
Trent Port Marina, Trenton, Ontario

Consult this comprehensive guide before setting sail this summer- check out the The Swim Guide for updates and ways to keep your family safe this summer.

All Photos by Libby Roach.