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Hanlan's Point Beach

Hanlan's Point BeachThe beach at Hanlan's Point is one of the few public locations in Canada where full nudity is permitted. The beach has been officially recognized by the City of Toronto since 2002 as being clothing optional.  Although there is no requirement to completely disrobe, on nice summer days the beach is crowded with people enjoying a unique opportunity at the perfect tan.

Before taking your clothes off please ensure that you are within the posted limits of the clothing optional area, as there is a wide stretch of adjacent beach where bathing attire is required.

Hanlan's Point Beach is a short walk from the Hanlan's Point ferry docks. Follow the road from the docks and head towards the other side of the island.  The beach is shielded from the road by a stand of natural brush and trees. There are designated wooden walkways through this natural area to ensure that foot traffic does not degrade it. Aside from the cost of the ferry there is no admission fee.

In spite of its proximity to Toronto Harbour, the beach generally has good water quality since it faces south-west and away from the mainland. Water quality is monitored regularly during the summer and meets a Blue Flag standard.  For more information on water quality check out the City of Toronto beach information website or call the Beach Water Quality hotline at 416-392-7161.