Watching the sunset while anchored just off Hanlan’s beach on the west side of Toronto Island is simply a magical event!
Words alone do not do the experience justice. Hopefully my every growing collection of favourite pics and videos will give you a better sense of what its like to hang out on a Sailboat, have dinner, sip a glass of wine, and have an insightful connection my partner, friends and family.
Every Guest I’ve had on-board has been deeply moved by the experience–wanting more as the sun finally sets over the Port Credit horizon.
If the winds blow from the East we’ll be on the lee side (sheltered side) of the island resulting in much calmer waters. If the winds pick up or blow from the South they will be more waves (also known as ‘fetch’ – See definition below) and we can either sail or motor away to find a calmer spot along the inner or outer harbour.
Although we anchor or sail past the clothing optional beach the vast majority of people at Hanlan’s have swimwear so if you’re a tad shy or sensitive no worries because unless you’re inclined to grab the binoculars you won’t see much!
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About Hanlan’s Beach
Hanlan’s Beach in can be reached most directly by taking the Toronto Hanlan’s Point ferry at the foot of Bay Street at Queens Quay. Aside from the cost of the ferry there is no admission fee. Canada’s only other official clothing-optional beach is Wreck Beach in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The effective beach season starts in late May and ends in late September, while actual swimming off the beach is possible only well within this period.
As is common for most public nudist-friendly venues, males make up a large percentage of the users of the beach, but women can make up to one quarter of the total on popular weekends. Recent years continue to see an increase in the number of families who attend. The beach is a popular destination for the city’s large gay community.
It is the second officially recognized clothing-optional beach in Canada and the only one created by a municipal bylaw.
Despite its proximity to Toronto Harbour, the beach can boast extremely good water quality since it faces southwest and away from the mainland. Water quality is monitored daily (on weekdays) during the summer and meets a Blue Flag standard set by the Foundation for Environmental Education.
The section of the beach closest to the city centre airport (YTZ) is also becoming a very popular spot for kiteboarding.
Hanlan’s Point Beach was a traditional site for nude sunbathing for decades. In 1999, Toronto City Council approved a one year pilot project for a nude beach at Hanlan’s Point following a proposal by naturist organization and Councillor Kyle Rae. In 2000, the council extended the project for another two years. Finally in 2002, the clothing-optional beach was made permanent. The Toronto City Council decision was met with strong opposition from conservative councilors such as Giorgio Mammoliti. It was also an infrequent target of police crackdowns for nude sunbathing. Its official status has resulted in a distinct increase in ferry traffic, and it appears to be a profitable component of public- and private-sector advertising campaigns, since it draws visitors to Toronto. Police and park officials now work in partnership with the beachgoers to maintain the friendly atmosphere.
(About Hanlan’s Beach adapted from source Wikepedia )
FYI what is Fetch?
The fetch, also called the fetch length, is the length of water over which a given wind has blown. Fetch is used in geography and meteorology and its effects are usually associated with sea state and when it reaches shore it is the main factor that creates storm surge which leads to coastal erosion and flooding. It also plays a large part in longshore drift as well.
Fetch length, along with the wind speed (wind strength), determines the size (sea state) of waves produced. The wind direction is considered constant. The longer the fetch and the faster the wind speed, the more wind energy is imparted to the water surface and the larger the resulting sea state will be. (Source: Wikepedia )