Gay and Nude Beaches in Toronto – Hanlan’s Point

Well known to nudists in Canada, Hanlan’s Point Beach is situated  on Hanlan’s Point near Toronto, on the shore of Lake Ontario. Part of the beach was officially recognized by the city in 2002 as being clothing optional. For those who don’t care for nudity, there is a wide adjacent stretch of beach where bathing attire is required.


Hanlan’s Beach can be reached most directly by taking the Hanlan’s Point ferry at the foot of Bay Street at Queens Quay. The ferry cost is currently $6.50 CAD per adult for a return trip and the schedule varies depending on the day of the week and season. After the fifteen-minute trip, it is necessary to walk or cycle another ten or fifteen minutes along a paved path. The beach is shielded from the path 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.

Toronto Island is a must see and it is basically free, an oasis in the middle of the city. The island is a like a large peaceful park with beaches (there’s the nude beach, gay beach as well as regular beaches), rollerblading, biking and walking paths, and even an amusement park and free petting zoo for children.

The Best of Gay Toronto  and the New Gay Travel Guide

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