Hanlan's Point

Toronto Islands

West of Centre Island, the island of Hanlan's Point is named after world-champion sculler 'Ned' Hanlan (1855–1904), a member of the first family to permanently settle here; his statue overlooks the ferry dock. Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run here in 1914 while playing minor-league baseball in the long-since-demolished stadium – the ball drowned in Lake Ontario, the ultimate souvenir lost forever! The island is also home to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and a clothing-optional beach.

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