Sunday, 5 May 2019

Recycling, composting, and other waste

Recycling, composting, and waste disposal using Molok

You may have noticed that the dumpsters were replaced on Earth Day with these new containers. They are called Moloks. They were invented in the 1980's in Finland. They take less space than a dumpster but hold more, are easier to access, and look better.

With the new system, we now have 3 different waste receptacles:
  1. Mixed recycling
  2. Organic waste (ie. compost)
  3. Garbage for landfill
The objective is to have as little of the last one as possible.

Members and regular visitors will realize that the organics collection is new to us. Only include things that will rot and decompose. Please do not put plastic bags in the organic waste as they will contaminate the compost. Plastic bags do not belong in the recycling either as they are not recyclable. Try to avoid plastic bags and plastic packaging as much as possible.

Please note that the recycling and organics collections rules are different everywhere. So that it is clear, we have created a brochure to help explain what goes where at Bare Oaks. If you have any questions, please ask the office.

Wondering how Moloks get emptied?  Watch this video:

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Yoga with Nikki is Back!

Nude Yoga

Clothing-free yoga returns starting this Saturday April 27th and every Saturday from 11am - noon until September 28th. Both novices and veterans are welcome.

There's no minimum attendance so, if only one person shows up, it's happening. It will be outdoors if the weather allows or indoors otherwise.

$10 per person. Yoga mat rentals are available. Just bring yourself. You're already wearing everything you need.

Important notices:
  • Non-members must also register in the office before participating.
  • 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.

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Carol Bean

We are sad to inform you that Carol Elizabeth Bean passed away on Thursday, April 4th. For five years, Carol and her husband Larry (who passed away in 2016) owned and operated The New Forest Naturist Resort which was sold in 2006 and renamed Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. Their ownership 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 Carol’s maiden name and Larry’s last name)

Her obituary is published here:!/Obituary

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Planned Electrical Disruptions

We are completing the electrical upgrades in Beckett Circle. Over the next few weeks, the electricians will need to turn off power to the entire park from time to time. During the work, some parts of the park could be without electricity for several hours. If you have a trailer, it is up to you to ensure that nothing will be ruined by these power outages.

We will announce the specifics 24 hours ahead of time. To receive these announcements, follow our Twitter Status Updates account:

You do not need a Twitter account to read the status on the website.

But with a Twitter account, you can get announcements on your phone. If you do not have data on your phone, you can setup your Twitter account to send text messages to your phone.

The one other alternative will be a printed notice posted on the announcement board next to the interior office door.

There will be no other methods of notification other than what is listed above.

We thank you for your patience as we continue to improve the services of Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office during regular business hours.

Monday, 8 April 2019

Bare Oaks in The Bulletin

Bare Oaks is featured in this month's Bulletin from AANR. You can read the article here.

Are you a member of a naturist organization?  When you join AANR you get The Bulletin every month.  But most importantly, you also support naturism and thousands of volunteers who dedicate their time (and often money) to promoting naturism. If you prefer, you can also join TNS, FCN, FQN, and/or any other naturist organization around the world. If you do, you will get 20% off on your day fees when you visit Bare Oaks (and you'll also save at many other clubs) and $40 off your membership fees!

So if you're not a member, please take a minute to join now!

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Date Change - August GRAND SLAM Volleyball Tournament

Lee Baxandall GRAND SLAM Volleyball Tournament
Now held the second weekend in August
August 9-11, 2019

We have always held our August volleyball Tournament on the 3rd weekend in August. But we have been regularly told that people do not attend because it conflicted with the Volleyball Canada Beach Nationals. So starting in 2019, the date has changed to the second weekend in August.

And this year, Bodyfest is happening the same weekend as the August tournament!  If you register for volleyball, Bodyfest is included. If you don't want to play volleyball, you can now get the same special pricing if you participate in Bodyfest!

The July GRAND SLAM volleyball tournament is still the July 1st weekend: June 29 to July 1st

Cabins, rooms, and serviced campsites usually sell out for these event weekends.
Don't be disappointed.
Reserve today!

Friday, 21 December 2018

What’s Happening

Naturists by the fire

If you live in the northern hemisphere, today is the shortest day of the year at 8 hours, 55 minutes, and 46 seconds in the Toronto area. This is also known as the winter solstice which when winter officially begins. ❄️From now on, the days are getting longer as we head towards spring and summer! ๐ŸŒž

In the meantime, enjoy the pleasure of warming up with a meal and drink by the fire with friends. ☕️๐Ÿท๐Ÿบ

Don’t forget that, for visitors, the Bare Oaks office/store will be closed Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), Christmas Day (Dec. 25), Boxing Day (Dec. 26) and New Year’s Day (Jan. 1) but facilities are always open to members using their keyband.

On Saturday January 5th, come join us in London, Ontario for the annual winter volleyball ๐Ÿtournament:

For members, the annual invoices are going out in a day or two. The early payment discount due date is January 15th. (some may receive it today by email!)

Best wishes for the holidays to everyone! ๐ŸŽ„

Monday, 3 December 2018

Gate Access for Members

When our new gate system was installed in 2016, it was supposed to prevent people from letting others in. In other words, nobody supposed to be able to open the front gate unless they had previously left. This is important in order for us to maintain control of who is on the property – all guests and visitors must be registered with the office.

However, we have discovered that a configuration error allowed some people to open the gate more than once. That issue has now been corrected. As such, please make sure that you use your keyband, keyfob, or keycard when you exit. If you do not, you will not be able to re-enter.

If you have more than one keyband, keyfob, or keycard, make sure that you use the same one to exit that you used to enter. Otherwise, you will not be able to re-enter.

We understand that you might want to let your friends into the park yourself. However, do you want others to do the same? It has always been our policy that visitors must be registered with the office. Members can pre-register a guest in advance and we will provide a temporary keycard for the guest.

Friday, 26 October 2018

Bear (not a Bare) roaming around

This is not the first time a bear has been spotted this year. Generally they are still afraid of people which is a good thing. But they keep coming back because they find food. So please:


  • put garbage in containers that have tight-fitting lids and store it in a bear-proof location such as a sturdy shed
  • spray garbage cans and lids with bleach or another a strong disinfectant 
  • take garbage to the dumpster often

Bird feeders

  • fill bird feeders only through the winter months
  • put away feeders in the spring and instead, offer birds natural alternatives (e.g. flowers, nesting boxes, fresh water)

Pet food

  • do not leave pet food outdoors, in screened-in areas or porches

Fruits and berries

  • pick all ripe and fallen fruit from trees and shrubs on the property
  • plant non-fruit bearing trees and shrubs


  • burn off food residue and wash the grill right away
  • empty the grease trap every time you barbecue
  • remove all utensils, dishes and food after eating


  • travel in groups of 2 or more (bears primarily attack people who are alone)
  • make noise as you move through areas where visibility is restricted or where background noise is high, such as near streams and waterfalls (e.g., singing, whistling or talking will alert bears to your presence, giving them a chance to avoid you)
  • while outdoors, keep your eyes and ears open
  • carry a whistle or air horn
  • learn how to use bear pepper spray and carry it somewhere that’s easy to access
  • consider carrying a long-handled axe, if you are in remote areas or deep in the forest

If you encounter a black bear

  • Stop. Do not panic. Remain calm.
  • Quickly assess the situation and try to determine which type of an encounter this might be – sighting, surprise or close encounter.
  • When bears are caught off guard, they are stressed, and usually just want to flee. Generally, the noisier the bear is, the less dangerous it is, provided you don't approach the bear. The noise is meant to ‘scare’ you off and acts as a warning signal.

If you see a black bear:

  • do not try to get closer to the bear for a better look or picture
  • make sure the bear has a clear escape route — don’t corner a bear
  • always watch the bear and slowly back away until the bear is out of sight
  • get inside, if you are near a building or vehicle
  • leave the area, if you are berry-picking, hiking, camping, jogging or cycling
  • if you are with others, stay together and act as a group
  • if the bear does not get closer to you, slowly back away, talking to the bear in a quiet, monotone voice

More information:

Thanks for Cheryl and Al for the video!

Monday, 1 October 2018

Vote and Vote Often !!

Photo courtesy of Elections Canada

Vote Often

October 22nd is Election Day in all Ontario municipalities. Did you know that in municipal elections non-residents can also vote?  You can vote in any municipality where you own land or are a tenant. (you can only vote once per municipality) You can only have one residence but you can be a tenant in many ways such as a commercial property or a campsite.

All Bare Oaks members with a long-term campsite are non-residential tenants under Ontario Municipal Elections Act and are therefore eligible to vote in East Gwillimbury.

To vote, you need to be:
  • A Canadian Citizen
  • At least 18 years of age
  • A resident or tenant (or their spouse)
  • Not prohibited by law from voting
Several members are already registered and have received their voter card.

Note: East Gwillimbury has now switched to a ward system with two councillors per ward. Bare Oaks is located in Ward 3.

Why should you vote?

  • To show that we are part of the municipality and that we care
  • Because the opinion and needs of Bare Oaks members matter
  • Because your vote can make a difference. There are 139 potential voters at Bare Oaks. When you look at the 2014 results for East Gwillimbury, you can see that 185 votes could have changed who won.

How to Vote

To check if you are on the list, go here:

If you have not received a voter card, you are probably not on the list. So just:
  • Get a copy of your License of Occupation (LOO) from the office (as evidence that you are a long-term campsite holder)
  • Fill it out and take it with ID and LOO to the Civic Centre (Leslie St. & Mount Albert Rd.) on weekdays between 8:30am and 4:30pm. If you do this by October 19, you will be added to the voter's list.
    • Or you can simply take the form (with ID and LOO) to an advanced poll or to the polling station on election day (Oct.22) and present it there.

Vote Early

Even if you live far away, you can vote at one of the advanced polls. (some are on weekends) There are advanced polls on October 6, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19. A complete list is found here:

Know the candidates