Friday, 15 January 2021

Fibre Optic Internet at Bare Oaks

Fibre Optic Internet at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park

Bare Oaks is now connected to the internet via a fibre optic connection. The image is of a single 'naked' core of fibre optic cabling coming into our telecom closet. Yet through that wire, experiments with 'flexible grid' technology have shown that you get get speeds in excess of one Tbps through a single core. What does that mean? Currently, we generally measure internet speed in Mbps. Gbps are 1,000 times faster and Tbps are a further 1,000 times faster! Of course, we have not contracted for anywhere near that much speed. But it means that as demand grows, we can easily increase our service. The cable coming into the park has multiple cores so our speed is, for our purposes, unlimited. We could build the first naturist server farm! 😁

This will not fix the problems that some people are currently experiencing with WiFi. Internet distribution on the property is still principally wireless. Foliage and the metal skin of trailers can pose a formidable challenge for 5GHz signals. So we will continue to do our best to improve access to some of the areas with poor coverage.

Friday, 6 November 2020

Meditation with Nikki

Tuesdays, 8pm

Location: Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park or Online

Length: 45 minutes

Bring: a yoga mat or similar, two rectangular pillows, and one blanket (if remote also have a chair handy)

Cost: $7

For many who visit Bare Oaks, a simple stroll around the grounds could be considered a moving meditation. With the reduction of typical stimuli, we open ourselves to the natural beauty around every corner. We become aware of the trees, their shape and sway. The colour of the water, the sound of the stream, the way the light glistens as it flows. The temperature of the air on your skin, the breeze on your cheek.

Together in our meditation practice, we’ll deepen this awareness. We’ll learn to quiet the nagging demands and our own authoritative voices as we ease into gentleness. Meditating is a practice, and some days may be easier than others to soften the mind. It’s a journey worth embarking on if you seek stillness and a deeper connection to yourself and your surroundings.

Feeling comfortable is key. Depending on the temperature of your location, you might be nude, in a bathrobe, in your coziest clothes or covered in blankets. Sometimes laying or sitting still for 45 minutes can cause the body to ache. I’ll guide us through moving meditation to bring the body back to ease, and then continue on with the deep stillness.

Important Information:

  • Bring or have handy a yoga mat or similar, two rectangular pillows, and one blanket (if remote also have a chair handy)
  • The meditation sessions are provided by an independent individual. Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park only coordinates the arrangement and is not responsible for the service provided.
  • The instructor can terminate the participation of anyone who is in any way disruptive, discourteous, or uncooperative. There will be no refunds to people who are removed from the session.
  • Arrive early: once the session starts nobody will be admitted in order not disturb the other participants. There will be no refunds for missed sessions.

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Yoga Now Available All Year

For the first time, yoga with Nikki will continue indefinitely and all year! It is available both in person in the clubhouse (as long as pandemic safety rules allow it) and online. Every Saturday from 11am until noon. As always, both novices and veterans are welcome.

There's no minimum attendance so, if only one person shows up, it's happening.


Important notices:

Non-members must register in the office before participating if attending in person. Online participants must purchase their ticket in advance.

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.

Monday, 10 August 2020

Volleyball Tournament This Weekend!

In case you haven't heard yet, the volleyball tournament is on THIS WEEKEND!

We have made a number of special adjustments to help keep everyone safe. For example, we will have a 1 meter 'dead zone' on either side of the net to keep players apart. That means that spiking and blocking will require some new skills! But ultimately, your safety depends on you; so keep your distance, wear a mask if you can't, and wash your hands frequently.

Government restrictions limit the number of players and spectators in the tournament to a maximum of 100 per day!  So arrive early to register!  Obviously, people who register for three days on Friday will be set for the entire weekend.

Details (including pricing) at:


Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Install COVID Alert and save $10

COVID Alert Smartphone App

Nobody wants another lockdown!  To prevent that we need:
  1. People to maintain physical distance and wear masks indoors
  2. To do a lot of testing to identify problems early
  3. Tracing to warn anyone who is exposed and prevent further spread
In order to make the third objective more effective, we need as many people as possible to install the Canadian contact tracing app on their smartphone.

It's free and if you come Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park and show the app you get $10 off your day fees when you visit in August. Members get a $10 credit on their account if they show the app on their phone. (limit of once per person for everyone)

The privacy commissioners of Canada and Ontario reviewed the app and have concluded that it adequately protects the user's privacy and security.

Michael Geist, a frequent critic of government policy regarding technology and privacy, is satisfied enough to announce that he has installed the app.

The app does: 
  • assign a random code to a user’s device that pings other users of the app via Bluetooth when they are within a range of approximately two metres
  • notify you if another app user who has been close to you tests positive for COVID-19 (but does not tell you their name)
  • not use GPS
  • not track your location
  • not know your name or address
  • not access your phone's contacts
  • not get any of your health information

Friday, 24 July 2020

Now at Stage 3 Reopening!

Today, we are allowed to enter Stage 3 Reopening. That means:

  • All sports activities are now allowed as long as they don't include "Prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports." That means that Volleyball is back!
  • The Bare Bistro's indoor dining room is now open,
  • The playground is now open.
  • All indoor spaces are now open but saunas remain closed by government order.
  • The hot tub will be open as soon as approved by the health department. By law, an inspection is required before a commercial hot tub is allowed to open. That inspection is currently scheduled for Wednesday July 29th. 

All details of what is open can be found here:

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Kids' Bare Blast!

Starting on Saturday and every Saturday until Labour Day.

Two hours of fun with games, crafts, and stories for the kids aged 3 and up; and a two hour break for parents. Meet at the rock in front of the clubhouse. $10/kid - tax included. Buy it ahead or pay cash in person - but the maximum is 10.

Available only to the children of members and registered visitors.

Monday, 29 June 2020

Family Weekend - July 17-19

Yes, family weekend is on!  All activities have been planned to be family-unit oriented, to avoid contact, and to maximize physical distancing between unrelated people. For all our pandemic info:

A weekend of events with an emphasis on family fun!

Activities, challenges, contests, entertainment, crafts, games and all-around fun for kids of all ages.

Event info:

Special pricing:

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

YES! You Can Come Camping!

For weeks people have been asking when they will be able to come and camp. Some very patient folks have been making reservations and resolutely moving them forward as we waited for the government to reopen short-term camping. Well that day has finally arrived!!

The government is allowing us to enter stage 2 reopening which means that starting on Friday June 19th:

  • Overnight camping is allowed
  • The Bare Bistro patio is open
  • The pool is open (assuming the York Region Health inspector comes in time to approve it)

As we have announced previously, you can also book cabins, guest rooms, and visit for the day. The interior amenities (sauna, hot tub, lounge, etc...) remain closed. All the details on what is open and what is not can be found at:

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Volleyball Tournament Update

The June 26th to July 1st volleyball tournament is becoming a badminton tournament. Team sports are out under the circumstances. And, according to study commissioned by the Italian Olympic Committee and conducted by the Polytechnic of Turin, volleyball is the most dangerous sport in terms of risk of COVID-19 contagion. So we are adapting to single player sports and badminton seems like a fun alternative. We will organize play over 6 courts. We are also considering whether there are any safe, single player, and fun variations of volleyball that we can organize.

The volleyball tournament special pricing is still in effect. It's a great deal!! If you already reserved but you do not want to participate we will provide you with a full refund if you contact us by June 19th. After that, our normal cancellation policy applies.

We have been open for day use since May 19th. For overnight stays at the moment, we can only rent out motel rooms and cabins. Overnight camping is still not authorized. But we hope that it will be by the time our tournament begins. You can make risk-free reservations. If we can't honour your reservation, we will give you a full refund. If you cancel, then our normal cancellation policy still applies.

Updates on what we can and can't do can be found at: