Thursday, 28 May 2020

Updates on what is open

We now have a page listing what is currently open at Bare Oaks. We will keep updating it as government regulations and our own processes change.

Thursday, 14 May 2020

A very limited reopening

Bare Oaks Office reopening during the pandemic

The provincial government announced today new regulations that allow Bare Oaks members with a trailer to access it starting on Saturday May 16th. The announcement authorizes "access for trailers and recreational vehicles whose owners have a full season contract."

At this time, we still cannot accept any leisure visits for motel rooms, cabins, or short-term camping. We expect this to change in the very near future. If you make a reservation and we have to cancel it because of government restrictions, we will give you a full refund. If you cancel the reservation then our normal cancellation policy still applies.

On Tuesday May 19th the province will be initiating the first stage of reopening.  Starting on that date, members and visitors can come to Bare Oaks during the day to participate in "sport activity for individual/single competitors" such as outdoor table tennis, horseshoes, minigolf, and p├ętanque. No team or contact sports. We can also allow the use of "outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters in park and recreational areas." No indoor facilities other than access to toilets.

There are important conditions you should consider before coming:
  • The clubhouse is closed but there will be access to toilets starting Tuesday
  • The office is open
  • The campground showers and toilets are closed. Members with trailers must use their own toilet.
  • Gatherings are still restricted to 5 people or less
  • Physical distancing of at least 2 meters is required
  • In situations where physical distancing is not possible, you need to wear a mask
  • You should wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Alcohol-based sanitizer is also available in the office.
  • If you are sick, you should stay home
  • If you have recently been exposed to someone who is sick, you should stay home
  • If you are in any way vulnerable to the virus, you should stay home
  • You agree to abide by the Bare Oaks/Camping in Ontario Code of Conduct
The Bare Bistro will be opening for limited hours and for takeout only. They will be making an announcement in the next day or so. Keep an eye on their website, Facebook page, or Twitter Account.

We have changed a number of procedures and created new ones so as to minimize the risk of spreading the infection. We urge you to do your part to ensure that the virus does not spread so that we can all continue enjoying the facilities at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park.

May 15 Edit: We have clarified that the toilets can be made available starting Tuesday. The rest of the clubhouse remains closed. Outdoor activities only. The toilets and showers in the campground will remain closed. Trailer owners are expected to use their own toilets.

May 21 Edit: Now that it has been published, we have learned that the latest government regulation allows us to be open, for both members and visitors, to allow the use of "outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters in park and recreational areas." No indoor facilities other than access to toilets.

Sunday, 3 May 2020

WiFi Improvements

New wifi antenna at the Beckett Washrooms

For many years, our internet service was so slow that if more than a dozen people were using it at the same time, it became difficult just to load a simple web page. Then for 2018 we finally managed to get decent high speed by way of a dedicated wireless connection. Suddenly it was possible for many people to watch streaming video at the same time!

But as more and more people took advantage, it became obvious that the WiFi network was no longer up to the task. We upgraded a number of pieces of equipment but Beckett Circle was always slow on busy weekends.

The problem was that to get to people in Beckett Circle, the internet had to go through as many as 6 WiFi nodes in the mesh. At each point, a little of of speed was lost and a little bit of lag was added. So in the fall of 2019 we installed a tower at the Beckett Circle washrooms with a direct, high speed, wireless link to the internet. It has made quite a difference. Now everyone who connects is only one or two hops away from the main feed.

We will be watching usage over the summer and may still make a few adjustments to make it all more efficient. For example, if we see one node being much busier than others, we may add another one.

One thing we can't fix is the reception that people get in their trailer. Some have metallic cladding which turns them into partial faraday cages. The difference can be dramatic. One member recently reported speeds of 0.2Mbps inside their trailer and 5.0Mbps outside!

Also, our system provides a level of device isolation. That means that one device might not see the other. This is good in that it adds a bit of security. But it also means that you cannot easily connect your wireless phone to your wireless TV or laptop to your wireless printer.

Both of the issues above have been solved by some members by creating a local WiFi network in their trailer using a router with an external antenna. But not all routers will repeat a WiFi signal. We're told that the Alfa WiFi CampPro 2 works for them. Please ask at the office if you want more information.

Below is a diagram that explains the change in our network. Not all WiFi nodes are shown; just a few in order to illustrate how things changed.

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Status Update

On March 23rd the Ontario Government ordered all non-essential businesses to close for 14 days. That order was extended into May and could be extended again.

The good news is that we have "flattened the curve" and things seem to be under control. The government has announced that they have a 3 stage plan to allow businesses to reopen. That is not to be confused with their 3 phase plan; the 3 stages are part of phase 2. Confused yet?

But all you need to know right now is that:
  1. There are NO dates
  2. There are NO specifics about what businesses are included in what stage
We have received several inquiries from people wanting to know when we will reopen. Unfortunately, as you can see above, the government has not made any specific commitments so we can't either.

Our team is working (safely) to keep the facility ready so that we can open with only a moment's notice. We have revised our procedures and created new ones to deal with the current situation. So when the time comes, we believe we are ready to safely welcome members and visitors. But there is no doubt that many things will be very different this year.

If you have questions, our email and social media are monitored daily. Our phones are answered between 10am and 6pm every day. We are still receiving postal mail, couriers, and other deliveries.

We hope that you are healthy and managing as well as possible under the circumstances. We recognize that some people are having financial difficulties. If that is your situation, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will try our best to find some way to make it work for you.

Monday, 23 March 2020

Closed to Visitors

The Government of Ontario has ordered all non essential businesses to close. So effective immediately, Bare Oaks is closed to visitors.

The restaurant is already closed. The office and store will now be closed as well. During our posted business hours, we will still be answering phones, responding to emails, as well as accepting packages & deliveries.

Members who have a campsite can still get through the gate to access their trailer. But as we said before, please do not come if you are sick, been exposed to someone who is sick, or have recently returned from foreign travel.

This order is for 14 days. We will update you as soon as we get more information. At this time, the impact on our operations will be minimal.

Whether at Bare Oaks or anywhere else, we remind you to:
  • Wash your hands well and often with soap and water, or with alcohol based hand sanitizer. (don’t forget to wash your wrists, under your fingernails and in between your fingers)
  • Cough or sneeze into your arm or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and throw the tissue out immediately. Wash your hands afterwards.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice social distancing: no hugs, handshakes, kiss, etc...
  • Don't share utensils, pens, electronics, etc...
  • Avoid crowds and groups

Monday, 16 March 2020

We are open

We have had several people inquire about whether we going to close. We are open and planning on staying open. Our wide open spaces are great if you want to get away from people. For those who have a trailer here, it might be the ideal place to isolate yourself for a bit.

We have taken precautions to reduce the risk of spreading the infection:
  • We have always cleaned the public areas regularly. But we have added the additional step of disinfecting "touch" areas (door knobs, locks, counters, handrails, etc...) three times per day.
  • Sick team members are always encouraged to stay home but we will now be more proactive about it.
  • We have provided additional training for the team.
  • We have always had hand sanitizer available and will continue to do so until the supply runs out.
  • We have posted information form York Region Health.
March 22 edit: The hot tub and sauna have been closed to ensure proper social distancing between people. No gatherings in the the clubhouse are allowed for the same reason.

Whether at Bare Oaks or anywhere else, we encourage you to:
  • Wash your hands well and often with soap and water, or with alcohol based hand sanitizer. (don’t forget to wash your wrists, under your fingernails and in between your fingers)
  • Cough or sneeze into your arm or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and throw the tissue out immediately. Wash your hands afterwards.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice social distancing: no hugs, handshakes, kiss, etc...
  • Don't share utensils, pens, electronics, etc...
  • Avoid large crowds and groups
If you have any of the following symptoms, please do not come to Bare Oaks.
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny Nose
If you have been out of the country recently or exposed to someone with the virus, please do not come to Bare Oaks.

If you are older, have a serious chronic medical condition, or are immunocompromised you should stay home; please do not come to Bare Oaks.

Otherwise, we look forward to your visit!

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Access this weekend

‪If you’re coming to Bare Oaks this weekend, you’ll see that Kennedy Road is closed at Doane Road for construction. But that’s happening just past our driveway so you still need to access from the south end. Just ask the nice attendant to let you through. ‬

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Camera Lens Covers

Smartphone lens covers

We have had a number of incidents last summer where people using their smartphones looked like they were taking pictures. The Bare Oaks policy on photography has always welcomed picture taking as long as everyone within range gave permission. This was easy to manage when photography was only done using specific picture-taking devices. But the ubiquity of phones with built-in cameras and the fact that people are always using them has led to a great deal of consternation.

To solve this problem, members and visitors are now required to have a Bare Oaks camera sticker on the lens if they will be using their smartphone at the park. We had special ones produced by camJAMR in bright pink so its presence is obvious. The camJAMR people tell us that the adhesive will not damage your lens nor will it leave any residue.

We will give everyone one free sticker for their phone. But if you like them, you can purchase a set to block all your other cameras too. With all the stories going around about webcams being hacked, many people now like to cover all their digital camera lenses. But the custom Bare Oaks camJAMRs are only available through the office at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park!

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Trailer Open House - Site 218

Have you been thinking you'd like a new deck, sunroom, or trailer?  Or are you just curious about what the options are?  Or do you just want to see a new trailer, sunroom, and deck?

Come to site 218, get a tour, and ask all your questions this weekend:

  • Saturday July 20 - 2pm to 5pm
  • Sunday July 21 - 11am to 1pm

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Flooding from torrential rains yesterday evening

There were heavy rains yesterday evening and we've had some flooding in the park. The Black River broke its banks. Area roads may be flooded. Environment Canada issued a warning of up to 50mm/hour. Our weather station registered 124mm/hour at 19h40. A daily total of 77.5mm by 20h30. (there was 0.3mm at 13h00 and 4.8mm at 16h15) For more facts like this, check our weather station at