"Ned" Hanlan 1855-1908

One of Canada’s greatest oarsmen, Edward Hanlan was born in Toronto. As a child, he took up rowing when his family settled in this vicinity, now named Hanlan’s Point. Although standing only 5 feet 8 ¾ inches and rarely heavier than 150 pounds, he became a leading international sculler. In 1873, Hanlan won the amateur rowing championship of Toronto Bay. Becoming a professional in 1876, he defeated all opponents in the Philadelphia Races of that year. He overcame all leading North American competitors and, in 1880, won the world single sculls championship in England. Hanlan retained his title until 1884. A popular Toronto figure, he was elected alderman for this area in 1898 and 1899.


Near the ferry dock, Hanlans Point, Toronto Islands, Toronto

Region: Greater Toronto Area

County/District: City of Toronto (District)

Municipality: City of Toronto