The city of Toronto has one nude beach – Hanlan’s Point, which I didn’t even know about until I was at the beach. 🤷🏻♂️
I was casually roaming around the centre islands (a popular tourist attraction in Toronto) when a friend suggested we go check-out the beach; which is at the far end of the islands, behind Billy Bishop airport. The area between the beach and the road is covered with trees and it’s difficult to know what’s happening on the other side. We knew we had reached the place when we heard loud music and saw people walking around.
First impression – We are in for a treat. Looks like a hip party place. 🕺🏻
A signboard just opposite to the entrance mentioned that it’s a ‘clothing optional’ beach. So, if someone wants to, they can walk around without any clothes.
Second impression – naaaaaaaaaice!!!!
Just kidding. For a second our conservative asses thought of returning. 🙈
But since we have walked this far, we decided to spend some time at the beach.
The beach was extremely crowded with groups of young people enjoying, (without following social distancing). 95% were in their bathing suits while only a few walked around flashing their private parts. There was a line-up of private boats in the water on which we could see people dancing and drinking. It was kind of a larger than a life pool party. The place had a really cool vibe. Especially after months of quarantine, everyone was just dying to step out and have some fun. Well, this is how people spend their Summer here.
But we didn’t stay there for long. To be safe from Covid19, we decided to return. 😷
Later in the day, I found out that Hanlan’s point is best enjoyed during weekdays, when there’s absolutely no one there and you can do whatever you want. It’s crazy during the weekends. I am definitely not the type of person who enjoys an overcrowded beach even if it’s clothing optional.
I prefer to spend time at the beach to enjoy the sound of waves, feel the breeze on my skin, and try to be one with nature. But I like the idea of having a beach where people just let themselves loose and just live in the moment.🧘♂️ On my second visit there with friends, I went swimming in the lake and enjoyed drinks around a bonfire. 🏊♂️
Well, life is all about expecting the unexpected and I learned a new thing about myself that day. ✌🏼
My journey from Mumbai to Toronto