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Hanlan's Point nude - and generally quite gay - beach, in the Toronto Islands

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Hanlan's Point nude - and generally quite gay - beach, in the Toronto Islands
photo by Andrew Collins
Toronto's gay beach, at Hanlan's Point in the scenic Toronto Islands, overlooks calm Lake Ontario and draws considerable crowds on warm days. This is one of the most popular - and famous - clothing-optional beaches in North America, and certainly one of the best gay beaches in Canada. Hanlan's Point is without significant amenities; however, a paved walking path leads to Centre Island, with its numerous amusements, restaurants and snack bars, and additional ferry service back to the city.

If you're used to ocean beaches, you may find it a bit strange to note the one obvious feature of this beach, which fringes Lake Ontario: it's not tidal, and the surf is minimal. In fact, it's slightly mucky where the water meets the sand. The beach itself, however, soft, clean, and well-kept - it's a pleasant place to while away the afternoon. And although clothing is optional, you won't be alone if you choose to keep your suit on. Generally, only about half the visitors to Hanlan's Point beach strip down to nothing.

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