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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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  • 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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  • Used to be a great place to sun your buns. now overrun by pervs and clothed millennials who will take your picture. nothing good ever lasts.  more »
  • Just 5 min away from the Toronto Harbour is this great island with a lot of beaches and BBQ places. A great way to leave the city. Hanlan's point is also the gay beach and a lot of people visit it dur...  more »