Thursday, 23 June 2016

Our First Nude Run!

running a naked 5k race

5km colour fun run through the park. It's a FUN run so you don't have to be a pro. You can run, jog, walk...
  • Date: July 1, 2016
  • Registration: 9 am
  • Start Time: 10 am
Organized by The Nude Run 5k who have been doing it in the US since 2011.

The "colour" aspect of the run is that runners are showered with coloured corn starch at various stages of the course. It is inspired by the Holi Hindu Festival (also known as the festival of colours) where participants douse each other with coloured powder and water.

Get more info and register at:

EVERYONE is welcome! Registration includes access to all amenities for the day.

A great combination with the GTA Naturist Volleyball Tournament!

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Want to do bare gardening at Bare Oaks?

Square Foot community gardens at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park

Since Bruce first built the community gardens in 2010, we have been doing Square Foot Gardening. It's a more environmentally friendly way to garden where you get the same production but in only 20% of the space. It is easy plus it saves water, resources, time and effort. There is a video on YouTube that explains it well.

This year Bruce rebuilt the 4' x 4' raised beds and he 4'x4' and are now available for planting.  He provided the labour and Bare Oaks paid for the materials so using the garden is free for members. They are available on a first come, first served basis.

To reserve your garden plot, send an email to:

Participation in The Naked Gardens is easy. There are just a few things to keep in mind:
  1. This is an organic garden.  No pesticides or herbicides may be used.
  2. Only the Square Foot Gardening method is permitted.  
  3. Each gardener is responsible for their plot(s).  Any naked gardener who does not maintain their plot(s) will forfeit the use of the plot(s) and any access to the produce.
  4. If this is your first time trying Square Foot Gardening, please limit yourself to a maximum of 3 plots.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Volunteer Day and Member's Meeting - Saturday May 14

Naturist Volunteers
It's time again for our annual volunteer day. While there are many people volunteering all year, this is the day we set aside for a massive volunteer effort to get things ready for the season. We are told that it is also a fun day that many people look forward to. A big thank you to the multitude of people willing to give up their time to make Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park a better place.

Volunteer Day -  Saturday May 14, 2016

10am to 3pm

  • Everyone is welcome! Lunch will be provided, free of charge, for all volunteers by the Bare Bistro.
  • Jobs vary from light gardening to construction. A little something for every skill level. There will be projects suitable for all abilities and levels of ambition.
  • Annual Members meeting runs downstairs from 4-5:30. Come along and hear what's new this year and have your voice heard.
  • Non-members who volunteer will not be charged any day fees. (please register at the office)

4pm to 5:30pm – Members' Meeting

All members are invited to come and get an update on what's happening at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park and ask questions.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Changes at the Bare Bistro

For the first time, the Bare Bistro has been opened through the winter. We kept that news relatively quiet because it was a test. Restaurant operations were serviced by the person in charge of the office and store. That meant that when a member or visitor wanted a meal or drink, the team member had to close the office and switch to the restaurant kitchen. It was not the fastest service and the menu had to be limited due to the low volume. But at least it was possible to have a drink, a snack, lunch or an early dinner by the fire in the dining room. The limited service continues until the Victoria Day long weekend when Bare Bistro operations expand.

The other news is that we have a new operator. Most people know Kim from the office. But she has been taking over the restaurant for the last few months. Kevin did a good job last year and we heard lots of praise. But in the fall he decided that he could not continue for personal reasons. We reviewed a number of applicants who were interested in taking over the Bare Bistro and settled on Kim's proposal for a number of reasons. She has many exciting plans for the season. We're looking forward to seeing the implemented!

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Laurence (Larry) Bean (1932-2016)

We are sad to announce that Larry Bean passed away last Sunday. For five year, he and his wife Carol owned and operated The New Forest Naturist Resort which was sold in 2006 and renamed Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. It started in 2001 when they purchased the assets of Town & Country Resorts Inc out of bankruptcy. The property had once been the Toronto Helios Society and it was their plan to return it to nudism. For the next 5 years, they did a number of renovations. Of those, their most enduring legacy at the park was the creation Lake Beamore. (a combination of part of Larry’s last name and Carol’s maiden name)

His obituary was published yesterday in the Toronto Star:

A Memorial Gathering is being held on Tuesday, February 16th. Details:!/ServicesEvents

A memorial is also being planned at Bare Oaks for next Saturday, February 20th. The exact details have not been finalized so please contact the office next week if you are interested in attending.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Looking Forward to Spring 2016

The front during a volleyball tournament

While most people are thinking about the upcoming holidays, we are already thinking about next summer! Projects for 2016 are in the planning stage and we have even begun hiring the summer team. Membership and campsite invoices were sent last week to all members. By now, most people should have received their invoice(s). If not, please contact the office.


Early Payment Discount

Invoices are not due until April 1st. But if you pay by January 11th, you save 3%! That is the equivalent of an annual interest rate of 12%!!

NEW: This year we are also giving that early payment discount to members who go on a payment plan.



New this year: each membership gets 3 free day visit coupons for their guests and 3 half price coupons for friends. A big thank you to those who introduce new people to our naturist utopia!



With over 700 members, we had to automate the annual invoicing this year to make it manageable. It worked fairly well but there were a couple of glitches that we have already heard about.
  1. A few members who are in a family membership were each sent a membership invoice. That is because they are recorded as singles in the computer. Obviously you only need to pay for one membership. Please contact the office to have that fixed.
  2. Some campsites had to have their reservation redone in the computer system. The team member who did it neglected to zero out the duplicate charge which resulted in those invoices showing an amount owing from last year. Those have now all been fixed and we are contacting all of those affected. But if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
  3. There could be other glitches. We hope not. But if you find something you are not sure about, please contact the office.


Paying Cash

We appreciate it when people pay cash because it saves us the credit card/banking fees. But if you pay your invoice or account with cash, please take the receipt and save it. We had two situations this year where a member believes that they paid their account in cash but could not provide any evidence nor could they tell us the date or the team member who took the payment.
That creates an awkward situation for everyone involved. We hire great people to work at Bare Oaks each year. But often they are new to our processes and they have to learn. So mistakes are sometimes made that result in payments not being recorded in the right place. In the case of a cash transaction, there is no way to trace the error without the receipt. Our team members are supposed to offer you a receipt. Please take it and keep it. If they forget to offer it, please ask for one.


New Gate

Directions to the beach, camping and other amenitiesWe plan on installing gates at the road entrance this spring. They require a whole new control system which means your current access key fob will stop working. Each member will need to come to the office to exchange their access key fob(s) for the new type. This new system will control access to the new gate, old gate, and clubhouse. We will give you several weeks’ notice. An announcement will be sent to the email list and posted on the bulletin board, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.


Saving on the Cost of Propane for Members with Campsites

We have negotiated a new contract for propane which provides everyone with a significantly lower price per liter, a lower tank rental fee, and better service.

If you currently have a propane tank, you need to return the paperwork that is included with your invoice no later than 6pm on December 23th, 2015 or call the office to make alternate arrangements. Otherwise your existing propane tank will be removed without a replacement.

If you do not currently have a tank, there is a one-time special offer to have one installed. That is also included with your invoice.

Photo by Michael Willems

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Old School Videogames - Clothes-Free

Nude Galaga video game

There is now an old school video game machine downstairs in the clubhouse. The game may be old school but the system is all new. So instead of just one game, you have the choice of 12 licensed Classic 80's video games such as Pac-Man, Galaxian and Galaga.

Unlike modern video games, these are very easy to understand. And unlike handheld games, the large console is not isolating. Everyone gets to watch and cheer you on! ...or criticize your technique :-)

Retro games should have retro prices so each play is 25 cents. We're not likely to ever make any money this way. But neither do we on the pool, hot tub, sauna, billiard table, etc... It's all about making Bare Oaks a fun place to be. So why not make it free? Because some things are more fun if you have some skin in the game!

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Volleyball Tournament Update

Lee Baxandall Memorial Volleyball Tournament

The 2015 Lee Baxandall Memorial Volleyball Tournament is August 14th to 16th.

New Lower Prices!!

Based on some research we conducted and the feedback we've received, the pricing structure has been completely revised. Instead of focusing on long-stay packages, we now charge by the day. This is to make it easier for new people who may not want to commit to more than one day as well as to encourage individuals who can't attend all the days due to other commitments. Each day is now a separate tournament.

Because one of the objectives of the tournament is to encourage people to try naturism for the first time, the fees are now even lower. The cost of the tournament is less than our usual day fee. (and the day fee is included!) So if you want to visit Bare Oaks, it is definitely a better deal to play during the tournament. Remember, that everyone is welcome. If you don't know how to play, someone will teach you and put you on a team.

Prices are better for members as well!  Everyone saves money if they play!!

And in keeping with the family-oriented nature of Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park, children (18 or under) play free!

It's a great tournament!! A, B, C, and novice levels (No co-ed restrictions), professional OVA referees and a professional organizer. Bring a team or join a team. Everyone plays! We will also be altering the schedule to maximize playing time.

clothesfree (nude) stand up comedy
Plus much more! The Mary Janes of Comedy are back, community campfires, open mic, restaurant specials, and unlimited access to the pool, lake, sauna, hot tub & all the other amenities of Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park!

Details at:

Volleyball photo by Michael Willems

Saturday, 25 July 2015

First Nations Sweat Lodge - Friday July 31st

1898 Native American Sweatlodge

On Friday July 31st, we will have the privilege of a very special ceremony by a very special guest. Jake Charles of the First Nation of the Chippewas of Georgina Island will be performing the traditional sweat lodge ceremony at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park.

Traditionally, the First Nations people had no shame about their bodies and truly lived in harmony with nature. Their culture was very much in keeping with naturist ideals. We believe that by holding this traditional sweat lodge ceremony in a naturist environment it will make the experience even more authentic.

Jake describes the ceremony as follows:
The Sweat Lodge is a sacred place where First Nations People go to pray and gain spiritual healing. It is a way to connect to spirits and ask for guidance in life. Resembling a sauna, stones are heated in a special fire just outside the lodge. To help gain access to answers of the participants questions, songs are sung on a drum and medicines are burnt. The ceremony of the Sweat Lodge has lead to a positive and progressive lifestyle and encourages positive thinking and well being. 

The sweat will be held at dusk and it will probably last about an hour (for beginners). It is not recommended for any individual with high blood pressure. There will be a smudge outside of the lodge and then the only medicine used within is cedar. If a person becomes too uncomfortable, they are free to leave at any time. Participants should drink lots of water that day and not to eat a large meal before (small meal/snack an hour before).

The cost is $35 per person and limited to 10 people so reservations are required. Please speak to Kim at the office.

Photo: "Sweat lodge, covering raised. Sioux, 1898." by Bratley, Jesse Hastings, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Bare Oaks Players Performances

The Bare Oaks Players are very active this season! They've been expanding the stage, getting sound and lighting equipment, and rehearsing a number of plays:

“Tiffany and The Genie”

Written by Jeffrey Fiske, inspired by “The Fisherman and The Genie”
From Tales of 1001 Arabian nights.
Friday July 17th, 2015 @ 8:00pm, Saturday July 18th, 2015 @ 11:00am,  and Saturday July 18th, 2015 @ 4:00pm

Playbill One:

“As night to the Day”

By Dan Ebbs
Forty-year-old Michael returns home to help his mother who is struggling with memory loss. Over the course of a morning, Michael sees her through the eyes of another and learns that there's a side to her he didn't know. 

“The Death of Me”

By Norm Foster
John dies unexpectedly, only to discover that his bucket list in life is a rolodex of missed opportunities. Perhaps he can get a second chance?  This theatrical gem of a comedy is written by Canada's most prolific and produced playwrights.

Saturday July 25th, 2015 @ 8:00pm, Saturday August 1st, 2015 @ 8:00pm, Saturday August 15th, 2015 @ 7:30pm, and Saturday August 15th, 2015 @ 9:15pm (if required)
TICKETS: $10/person
Ticket reservations can now be made using email

Playbill Two:

“10,000 Cigarettes”

Written by Alex Broun
How many cigarettes is enough - 1, 2, 3 . . . 10,000? Four sisters face big questions in this fast paced, imaginative, funny and moving play.

“Upton Manor”

Written by Dave Amor
English aristocrats find themselves suddenly penniless and facing eviction from their ancestral home. Enter a Canadian entrepreneur who gives them hope.

Saturday August 22nd, 2015 @ 8:00pm, Saturday August 29th, 2015 @ 8:00pm, Sunday September 6th, 2015 @ 7:30pm, and Sunday September 6th, 2015 @ 9:15pm (if required)
TICKETS: $10/person
Ticket reservations can now be made using email


If you want to reserve for both Playbill One and Playbill Two, you can: $17.50/person
Ticket reservations can now be made using email