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Hanlan's Point Beach, Toronto

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Hanlan's Point Beach is a public beach situated on Hanlan's Point in the Toronto Islands near Toronto, Ontario on the shore of Lake Ontario. One kilometre-long part of the beach was officially recognized by the city in 2002 as being clothing optional.HistoryHanlan's Point Beach was a traditional site for nude sunbathing for decades. In 1999, Toronto City Council approved a one-year pilot project for a nude beach at Hanlan's Point following a proposal by naturist organization and Councillor Kyle Rae. In 2000, the council extended the project for another two years. Finally in 2002, the clothing-optional beach was made permanent. The Toronto City Council decision was met with strong opposition from conservative councillors such as Giorgio Mammoliti. It was also an infrequent target of police crackdowns for nude sunbathing. Its official status has resulted in a distinct increase in ferry traffic, and it appears to be a profitable component of public- and private-sector advertising campaigns, since it draws visitors to Toronto. Police and park officials now work in partnership with the beachgoers to maintain the friendly atmosphere.BackgroundHanlan's Beach can be reached most directly by taking the Hanlan's Point ferry at the foot of Bay Street at Queens Quay. Aside from the cost of the ferry there is no admission fee. Canada's only other official clothing-optional beach is Wreck Beach in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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  • August 28, 2017
    The wall at Hanlan's Point attracts not only boaters from every port on Lake Ontario and elsewhere around the lake, it brings Torontonions and tourists alike to this peaceful gem. It is located on the...  more »
  • July 25, 2017
    I stumbled upon Hanlan's point by accident, but I'm glad I did. excellent naturist beach with a good mix of male/female and families for once. If its your first time or you just tempted, then its one ...  more »
  • December 23, 2016
    People here are not much, at least in September, and stunning views of the Lake. The shore filled with clean sand, beach and water area for bathing regularly cleared from debris. Great place to relax.
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