Wednesday, 7 December 2016

20 years of topfree rights!

Gwen Jacob speaking at a Kitchener-Waterloo topfree rally in 2015

On Friday, it will be 20 years since women won the right to be topfree. On December 9th, 1996, the Ontario Appeal Court reversed the 1991 conviction of Gwen Jacob for indecency making it legal for all women in Ontario to be topfree. Jacob, at the time a university student, had walked bare-breasted through the streets of Guelph in July 1991 in order to protest the inequality of current law.

On July 19, 1991, Gwen Jacob took off her shirt and walked home from the University of Guelph. She was charged with committing an indecent act. (Section 173 of the Criminal Code of Canada)

It was actually the second time that she had walked top-free in the City of Guelph during 33C weather. The first stroll only generated puzzled reactions. But on the second day, she ran into more opposition when she stopped to talk on Ontario Street. A Ms. Pettifer called the police after after Gwen Jacob refused her request to cover up. Another resident of that street, Ms. Snarr, expressed concern about the impact that bare breasts would have on her young children. The police asked Gwen Jacob to put on her shirt. They arrested her when she refused and charged her with committing an indecent act.

At the first trial in 1991, Ms. Pettifer testified that bare breasts were "disgusting" while Ms. Snarr said that it is "dirty" for women to expose their breasts. Gwen Jacob was found guilty and fined $75. In 1992, the Ontario Court's General Division upheld the ruling. But on December 9, 1996, the Court of Appeal for Ontario reversed her 1991 conviction and gave all the women of Ontario the right to be topfree.

You can hear Gwen Jacob tell her story on episode 28 of The Naturist Living Show.

Photo: Gwen Jacob, on August 1, 2015, speaking at a Kitchener-Waterloo topfree rally organized by Alysha, Tameera and Nadia Mohamed. Only July 24th, the three sisters had been cycling topfree when they were told by a police officer to cover up because it was the law. That confrontation motivated them to organize this rally, which drew hundreds of people, in order to assert women's right to be topfree.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Promoting Naturism in France

nude naturists at an exhibition in Paris, France

This picture looks like a typical naturist activity - but it's not. This is a booth promoting naturism this weekend at the Fête de l'Humanité. It roughly translates to Festival of Humanity and it attracts over half a million people to a 415 hectare (1025 acres) park north of Paris. Started in 1930, it has become a massive cultural expo and concert. Over the years, it has featured many acts including big names like Pink Floyd, The Who, Joan Baez, and Avril Lavigne.

According to a report on the France Bleu website, it all started with the poster for the festival that featured a nude man and woman. This motivated the leaders of the Association de Promotion du Naturisme En Liberté (APNEL), which translates to the "Association for the Promotion of Liberated Naturism", to approach the organisers with the idea. Much to their surprise, they agreed both to the booth and to the exhibitors being nude. So with the support of the Fédération Française de Naturisme (FFN), the naturist federation for France, they organised this booth at the festival. Their own promotional materials feature a clever play on the word "humanité". They replaced the "ni" with "nu" which means "nude" in French.

While people in North America believe that France is far more tolerant about nudity, that is not always the case. Yes, it is true that Germany and France are the cradles of naturism. And there are more naturist resorts in France than anywhere else. But outside of the naturist clubs, resorts, and beaches, nudity is very restricted. For example, unlike in Canada and some states in the USA (like New York) women do not have the right to be topfree. And unlike in Germany, being nude in a public park will get you arrested. So having this level of nudity at a large textile event is quite unprecedented.

Yves Leclerc, the vice-president of the FFN is quoted as saying "We are in hundreds of selfies. We have even had people from other booths who came and got undressed to pose. It was unreal."

Jacques Frimon, vice-president of APNEL,  says that the people who are bothered by nudity are rare. He added that even some tourists from Iraq were just amused by the nudity.

The France Bleu article says that when people see them, the first reaction is to smile or laugh to hide their discomfort. Then, because this is the 21st century, everyone pulls out their smartphone to take a photo or selfie.

Well done APNEL and FFN! That's the way to promote the naturist movement!

You can watch a video (in French) here:

Here is the link if the embedded video does not work:

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Reward for Missing Electronics

One of the artists that participated in Naked State has lost drives containing 2 years of her work. Gone are both the originals and backups. She is devastated because they are irreplaceable. Please help her if you can!

Reward for missing Electronics

Offering a reward for electronics that went missing the afternoon of Monday August 15th, in the field (where the tents are) just east of the Outback.

Reward is for two drives, if returned with all the data intact.

They are a black external hard drive with with silver G on it, and a silver Lacie drive with an orange case. These had YEARS of professional work, art and projects on them. 

The drives were in a large (40 gallon) gray plastic bin (with cover) together with more electronics, all of which went missing, bin and all, including a GoPro camera, a small Sony HD video camera, a Sony rangefinder (Nex 7, or alpha) camera, a pink selfie stick, and a bunch of cables and adapters etc. 

Asking if people find anything in their subconscious about seeing someone walk around the park with a large gray plastic bin yesterday afternoon. Any information or inquiries can be sent to her at

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Naked State - Get Involved with the Art

The Naked State Art Residency is off to a great start! See some of the artists at work:

There are many opportunities for members and visitors to meet the artists, get involved in their work, and experience their art.

Tue 9th, 2-5pm: No Object durational performance artwork without any objects, costume or clothing
No Object is a multi-generational group of artists that produce performances in empty spaces without any objects, costume or any clothing. Working from this minimalist aesthetics, the group is continuing to challenge itself with a focus on the potential of the body. Sympathy, empathy, trust, gaining strength and energy from the group are important components to the work. This practice requires them to be in the moment, being conscious of each other and being aware of our bodies in relationship to others and our surroundings. No Object will be conducting a performance in a select area of the park, to be announced over the load speakers slightly before their performance. 

Tue 9th and Wed 10th, 4-6pm: have a conversation with Naked State artists in their studios
The Naked State artists are interested in getting to know members of the Bare Oaks community, and would also love to answer any questions they may have about the art they’re creating over the 10-day residency.  Drop by their studios to schedule a visit with participating artists.

Tue 9th to Sat 13th: Free Portrait Session with Naked State artist Matt Hamon (
Matt Hamon is interested in making portraits of naturists. Matt is a former assistant and printer for world renowned naturist photographer, Jock Sturges. In exchange for your participation you will receive an editioned, archival print from your portrait session. Families, groups and individuals are welcome to participate. Please visit Matt at cabin 10 to set up a time for your photo session.

Wed 10th, mid day: Be in a photograph of a pile of Naturists!
Naked State artist Natalie Wardle ( is planning to photograph a group of naturists cuddled and piled over top each other. For details or to sign up, please visit Natalie at cabin 11.

Sat 13th 5-8pm, and Sun 14th 10am-12pm: Naked State art residency closing Exhibition

Over these two days, Naked State artists will present the artworks developed during their 10-day residency at Bare Oaks. There will be installations, performance artworks, paintings, collages, videos, participatory live artworks, and photography. This is the finale. Hope to see many of you there!

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Arts Residency - August 5-15

This weekend is the beginning of Naked State, an arts residency organized by Arts UnfoldThirteen artists from Australia, Finland, England, and across Canada and the USA will be creating artworks that explore the nude human body in context of nature, culture and art.

For the duration of the residency, the artists and residency facilitator will live as naturists within the Bare Oaks naturist community to create works that explore questions such as: What is nudity? Does stripping away clothing rid us of class, gender, and personal expression?; Do the connections between our bodies and the land change when nude? Is nudity always sexual? What is the role of the nude in historical and contemporary art?; Is an animal with fur naked? Is it possible to be civil in the nude?; Is there a natural state for human being? Residents will work individually or collaboratively to create artworks that explore these questions through media of their choice, such as photography, video, installation, drawing, painting, performance art, dance, sound art, media art, etc…

From August 5 to 15, the Outback and a tent will be dedicated to the artists. We apologize for anyone who is inconvenienced by the restriction. However, this is a great opportunity for Bare Oaks and for naturism. Art is a great way to get people to see things differently and these artists will undoubtedly find interesting ways to communicate the values of naturism.

There will be an opportunity to see their work at the end and a few times when you can sign up to interact with some of the artists. See the schedule for details:

Some artists are specifically planning on working with the Bare Oaks community in the creation of their artwork. You can read about each artist and their plan on the Naked State website:

If you have any questions about the residency, please do not hesitate to contact the office or speak with Teresa, the onsite residency facilitator, in Cozy Cabin #8.

The residency is exclusively for the artists who were selected from the many who applied. But we have designated this week as Bare Oaks Art Week. We hope that members and visitors will be inspired to explore their own personal artistic facets.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Rib Dinner by the Social Committee


Ribs, Chicken (pre order), Potato, Corn, Salad and Dessert

JULY 30 @ 6 PM

Eco Prize draw for everyone who brings a reusable table setting.

Cost $20 per person, $10 twelve and under, $50 per family


Tickets available at Office and Rainy and Greg’s site 227

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Video Extras Needed for Friday

We need people to participate as background for a music video being filmed at Bare Oaks on Friday.

If you are interested, please send an email to We want some diversity in the people so please include in your email:
- age
- gender
- the visible minority you identify with if any

Brendan Canning (founding member of Broken Social Scene) will release his third solo album Home Wrecking Years on August 12 – his first since 2013’s You Gots 2 Chill. The album features fellow Broken Social Scene members Justin Peroff and Sam Goldberg, as well as Liam O’Neil (Kings Of Leon, The Stills).

The first song on the album is called “Book it to Fresno” and the video will be shot and set at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park.

Please DO NOT come to participate without contacting us. We only need a limited number of people.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Yoga with Nikki

Nude Yoga at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park
Nikki is back for the Summer with Yoga classes for any level yogi. Weather permitting, it will take place on the front lawn under a slice of shade. Yoga is a beautiful way to connect with yourself. The classes offer a balance of moments to challenge yourself and deep relaxation. When: Saturdays at 11am-noon, no class Aug 20th Commencing: July 16 Ending: September 3 Class price: $10 Mat Rental: $2
Please contact the office before attending to confirm availability as well as the time and date. Non-members must also register in the office before attending. Disclaimer: The yoga classes are provided by an independent individual. Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park only coordinates the arrangement and is not responsible for the service provided.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Water Quality in Lake Beamor

Yes, Lake Beamor is safe for swimming!

In addition to testing the well water every two weeks (which we must do by law) we also test the lake water occasionally. (which we are not required to do) We use SGS Canada Inc., an independent laboratory, to do all our water testing.

Bacteria level is measured in colony-forming units (cfu) per 100 mL. The E.Coli limit at which a swimming ban/notice is posted varies by jurisdiction. In Ontario, it is 100 cfu.  In Alberta, B.C., & Quebec, it is 200 cfu.  In our latest test, the E.Coli in the lake at Bare Oaks was 024 which is well below any limits. We also test for Coliform and that result was 036 which is also well below the limit. The samples were taken on July 12th. While the results are well below the levels that the government considers harmful, it is still higher than in other years. This is probably due to a lack of rainfall, an unusually low water level, a water temperature above average, and the presence of for more Canada Geese than usual. All of these factors would contribute to aggravating the bacteria levels.

The bacteria levels in Gymnos pond and Jarvis pond are MUCH higher as they are very small bodies of water. You should not swim in either of these ponds.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Hot Tub Down

The hot tub is down because the heater has failed.

Yes, you read that right. This is the heater that was replaced last fall under warranty for the THIRD time!!

We had announced that we would be installing a backup electrical heating unit. That is now a rush job. We are aiming to have that done within a week.

We are so sorry to disappoint you! 

(image from