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Hanlan's Point - Toronto - Ontario Nude Beaches

Take a break from the city for a day!

From June to September each year, thousands of beachgoers flock to Toronto's very own nude beach to enjoy the sun, sand, and beautiful views. Frequented by friends, couples, singles, gay, straight and otherwise, the beach has become a favourite destination to many who want to enjoy the opportunity to undress for a day. What better way to escape the stresses of the city than to while away the hours on a beautiful beach with other like-minded people? Take the trip if you can - we guarantee it will be worth it!
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Naked women at Hanlan's Point nude beach in Toronto.

Directions to the Location

Depending on where you are coming from, getting to the ferry docks can be a little tricky. If you are already on the subway line, go to Bay Station (on the Bloor-Danforth line) and take the Bay Street bus south right to the end. You can also ask the driver to point you in the right direction, but the docks are located on the south side of "Queen's Quay" (pronounced 'Key').

If you are coming from out of town and are driving, parking in the downtown area can be expensive and frustrating. Try to park at a Go-Train station or at a subway station along the way and take public transit in to the city. If you insist on driving in, get into that area as early as you can and find a public parking area. Cost will most likely range from around $20.00 to $30.00 for a full day.

Once at the ferry docks, purchase your tickets (approximately $10.00 for a round-trip) and make sure you take the Hanlan's Point ferry. You can then walk to the beach once you get there and you should see signs pointing it out as you make your way.

Detailed Information

Hanlan's Point is officially a "Clothing Optional" beach and is located on a recreational island in Lake Ontario, just south of downtown Toronto. The easiest way to get there is to take the city ferry for less than a $10 round-trip. Once you have reached the island it is a short 10 minute (1km or .6 mile) walk to the beach. We recommend going earlier in the day (around 10am) to the ferry docks, as during peak times it can take over an hour to purchase tickets and get on the ferry.

The beach is designated clothing optional and is on the west side of the island. Before entering the beach from one of the entrances you will see a small building that has washrooms, showers, lockers and a small cafe selling snacks, food, and even beer. The cafe is open all weekends during the summer and most weekdays. Bringing a cooler with your own supplies never hurts, and try not forget your sunscreen!

As for the beach itself, it is a long beach that seems to have 3 unofficial sections. If you are facing the water, the area to your right seems to be for people looking for quiet, and couples. This seems to be more of the 'newbie' area. The center of the beach is the hub where you can rent chairs and umbrellas. This is also where the sand is the nicest and there is a great mix of gender and age groups. On busy days the density of people can get very close, while the left side is the gay area. Of course you always have different people mixed all throughout the beach.

Toronto's summer climate typically experiences temperatures from 70 to 90 degrees F (20-30 celcius) from mid-June to mid-September. It can also be quite humid, and it's not unheard of for the humidex to push the temperature to 90+ degrees for periods during the summers. The water is also cleaner that it has been in decades and has been deemed more than safe for people to swim. This wasn't always the case and eductating the public - or convincing them otherwise - has been a challenge.

As for the clientle, with Toronto being as diverse a city as it is, and the islands being a large tourist destination, the same can be said for beach goers. There have been over 1500 people there on weekends and as little as 20 there on a weekday near the end of the season. Like most nude beaches, the population is skewed male 65% to 35% most days. Often, there are very beautiful women of all shapes, ages and sizes there, but with it being a clothing optional beach you never know if someone will decide to bare all, or stay in their bathing suit.

There are lifeguards on duty for water-safety and police routinely patrol the area on bicycles or 4X4s. We have yet to hear about any people causing problems, but of course there are some people that walk by and stare a little too long or tourists that stumble upon the beach and gawk for a minute or two. I have heard rumours of 'extra touching' occuring in the dunes behind the beach but have never noticed anything in that sense.

All in all, Hanlan's Point is a very friendly beach where you get a great mix of people looking to enjoy the warm weather. Near the end of the summer when the lake has warmed up it is one of my favorite places to spend the day.
  • EVENTS: None are scheduled that we know of, although you can always find people playing paddleball or whatever else they're into.
  • TOILETS: There is a small building when you enter the beach area with bathrooms and showers available.
  • PARKING: You can't bring a car across on the ferry, so you would need to park in the city somewhere.
  • CAUTIONS: The ferries are scheduled every 30 minutes or so during peak periods, but they do stop for the night and you will need to consult the ferry schedule. If you do miss the last one out, there are water taxis available that charge around $10.00 per person.
Scenic beach view of Hanlan's Point nude beach in Toronto.
Hanlan's Point Toronto nude beach.

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*** A special thanks to "Hockeypuck for helping us with this Beach Report and for his fantastic images as well! ***
A nudist group at Hanlan's Point in Toronto.
Nude couple walking at Hanlan's Point.