Hanlan's Point

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Hanlan's Point information

Location
Toronto , Canada
Getting there
Ferry: Hanlan's Point
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At the west end of Centre Island by the Toronto City Centre Airport is Hanlan's Point, named after world-champion sculler 'Ned' Hanlan (1855–1904), a member of the first family to permanently settle here. Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run here in 1914 while playing minor-league baseball – the ball drowned in Lake Ontario, the ultimate souvenir lost forever!

Beyond the free tennis courts and a fragile ecosystem of low-lying dunes sustaining rare species, the not-so-rare nekkid humanus roams free on the gray sand of Hanlan's Point Beach. Popular with gay men, the beach's 'clothing optional' status was legalized in 1999.