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Hanlan's Point Beach, Toronto

Categories: Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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3.3/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web
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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  • Went for a BBQ in the non nude beach area. The beach was very clean and beautiful. The views of the city were amazing as well, amazing sunset too! A bit of a trip to get there ( water taxi, then lots ...  read more »
  • A three-Island cluster of perhaps a quarter being part of, but for the nearby airport, landing in the machines, as well as stunning views of the city.
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  • This is the western area of the Toronto Islands. There are a couple of refreshment stands on Hanlan's and there are washrooms, some with a shower, along the paved path that runs along the point. At th...  read more »
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