Friends of the Toronto Islands


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Trivia

Did you know...

The main island of the Toronto Islands was once attached to the mainland and formed a 9 km long peninsula or sand spit.  A violent storm in 1858 blew a hole at the base of the spit (the Eastern Gap) thus separating the end of the spit and creating an island.

Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run, in 1914, at the Hanlan's Point Stadium that was once located near the current Hanlan's Point ferry dock.  There is a monument there to commemorate the occasion.  The stadium was the home of the old Toronto Maple Leafs minor league baseball team until 1926.

The islands comprise the largest urban car-free community in North America.

Local legend has it that the Gibraltar Point lighthouse is haunted.  In 1815 the first keeper, J.P. Radan Muller was murdered.  Some have reported that the sound of moaning can be heard on misty nights and others claim to have seen an apparition wandering the grounds that is believed to be Radan Muller's ghost.

Hanlan's Point Beach 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.

 

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