Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Premium WiFi Internet Subscription

Work naked on the web
As we announced in December, we now have a very fast high-speed internet connection. We have spent the last 3 months testing the system, fine-tuning the network, and replacing some equipment with faster hardware. While we've had a few outages for short periods of time, the internet has generally proven to be quite reliable and very, very fast!

So we are confident enough to offer a premium plan for an unlimited WiFi internet subscription. Here are the details:

  • Unlimited data use. People who purchase daily, weekly, or monthly tickets will continue to be restricted if they use a lot of data. e.g. watching videos on YouTube or movies on Netflix. (video uses about 1Gb to 3Gb of data per hour depending on resolution)
  • Priority routing for speed. The actual speed will depend on the quality of your WiFi connection to our network and the hardware you use to connect. 
  • Up to 4 devices may be registered on one plan. With our existing system you have to buy a ticket for each device or log out one device before logging in with another one.
  • Monthly fee: $95 + HST (minimum 12 month commitment)
  • A maximum of 10 subscriptions will be sold to ensure that everyone who pays for this premium service gets what they've paid for. The subscriptions will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. After that, names will be added to a waiting list. If there is enough demand and technology allows, we will further increase our internet bandwidth to accommodate more premium plan subscribers. 
Of course, you do not have to commit to this premium subscription. We will continue to offer the daily ($4.76+HST), weekly ($19.05+HST), and monthly ($38.10+HST) tickets. But those users may find the service slows down a lot during busy times if they like to watch videos or participate in audio/video chats. Of course, it will still be much better than it was last year!

To sign up for the premium subscription, just download this form: http://www.bareoaks.ca/files/unlimited-internet-service-form.pdf Then fill it in and drop it off at the office.

But don't take this new service as encouragement to spend more time on the web or social media! Come to Bare Oaks to relax and reconnect with people on a more authentic human level. It is a reality that we need good access to internet for communications and services. Everything is moving to the web. But use it judiciously and with moderation.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Status Updates

Want to know if the pool is open for the season? (it's not yet!) Curious when the hot tub will next be closed for cleaning? Wondering if Bare Oaks is open during a holiday? This information and more will be posted on our new Twitter Account: @BareOaksStatus

We were posting updates on our main Twitter account: @BareOaksPark. But because we also share other social media updates on that account, the status notifications were getting lost. So we created this new account exclusively for status updates on our systems, amenities, and operations.

Twitter accounts are free!  You can install an app on your smartphone to get updates. You can also set your Twitter account to send you updates by email.

Don't have a Twitter account and don't want one?  No problem!  As long as you can get text messages on your phone, you can get notifications by following these instructions:  https://help.twitter.com/en/using-twitter/sms-follow

So if you want to know what's happening, please follow us:


Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy Nude Year!

A few days ago Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park turned eleven years old (11 years since the current owners took over; 45 since it began as the Toronto Helios Society) which means last year was our decennial anniversary.

The Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN) published an article in the summer issue of Going Natural/Au naturel magazine which contained reflections about the growth of our club as well as the struggle of other clubs. You can read it online: http://www.bareoaks.ca/files/GN_32-2_Summer_2017-BareOaks.pdf

You can read this article and many more if you join the FCN: https://fcn.ca/new-signup

Sunday, 10 December 2017

High Speed Internet at Bare Oaks!

After 10 years of frustration, we finally have a super-fast internet connection to the outside world through Vianet. It's like we've gone from dial-up to fibre! (a dedicated, bidirectional 100Mbps connection for the geeks out there)

Friday, 10 November 2017

Karen's First Day as Manager

Naturist manager

Today is Karen Bowen's first day as Operations Manager of Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park! (she has been learning the ropes for the last week and a bit) Many know Karen from last summer as she was a regular team member in the Bare Bistro or from the summer of 2016 when she worked in the office.

Karen recently retired from the Toronto Transit Commission where she worked for over 17 years. She has excellent customer service and organizational skills which makes her perfect for her new role. But most importantly she is incredibly passionate about naturism and Bare Oaks. She was so taken by her first visit to our park that she took a leave of absence from her job just so she could spend the summer here. So this will hopefully be a long and satisfying second career for her.

So the next time you're in the office, please give her a hearty welcome!

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Satellite TV Offer for Members with Long-Term Campsites

*** September 28 update*** Because only 6 campsite expressed interest, we will not be proceeding with this project. We would have needed a much larger number to get Shaw's interest.

Shaw Direct is offering members of Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park who have a long-term campsite a great deal on satellite TV!

But the offer will only go ahead if enough people sign up.

Bare Oaks members with a long term campsite, please take the following survey to find out the details and let us know whether are interested or not.

Survey: http://skyclad.me/shaw
Please take this survey ONLY if you currently have a long-term campsite at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

New Manager

the interim manager and the new manager

We are pleased to announce Stephanie Lynn has joined us as the new operations manager. Aside from her pleasant disposition and recently acquired passion for naturism, Stephanie brings extensive experience in project management; policy development and implementation; and team collaboration.

Adam has done a fabulous job bridging the gap and he will continue for a month or two during the transition. He has truly enjoyed his time in the role and we've received many compliments. But it was always clear that this was a temporary job as he has other plans for the fall.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Yoga & Meditation, & Belly Dancing

We are pleased to announce two new instructors who are here to lead you in yoga, meditation, and belly dancing: Sharamine Clarke and Samantha Novak. Sharamine, a long-term, year-round Bare Oaks member, is a certified yoga instructor, belly dancing teacher, and drum circle leader. Samantha is a certified Yoga teacher from the United States who has recently moved to Ontario and is looking for an audience of interested parties that are wanting to share her passion for yoga.

Sharamine Clarke

Let your Body be the most beautiful thing you wear.

Hatha Yoga for
  • all levels
  • all ages
  • modified poses available
Join me for a Nude Hatha Yoga experience.

Saturdays 11:30 -12:30 (August 5, 12, 19, 26, and September 2)
As an additional bonus beginners Inspirational belly dancing classes for free 12:30 to 1:00
$10 dollars Non-members (per family)
$5 dollars Members (per family)
This is only a guide if you can afford it, but please only pay what you can.
A donation box will be used for payment.

The money collected with be used for other events in the park that I hope to have.

Yoga and dance are gifts to the world that I would like to share.

Samantha Novak

"When you succeed in awakening the Kundalini, so that it starts to move out of its mere potentiality, you necessarily start a world which is totally different from our world. It is the world of eternity" ~ Carl Jung

Choose to change your life.

  • Meditation at 10 - 10:45 am
  • Yoga at 11 - 12:30 pm
Classes are $10 each
Yoga/Meditation bundle for $15
Entire course discount at $60
*will discuss trade/barter for those interested but need an alternative payment option

Show up or sign up by email at novasm06@ymail.com
  • Sunday July 30 ~ Connection
  • Sunday August 6 ~ Expression
  • Sunday August 13 ~ Power
  • Sunday August 27 ~ Love
  • Sunday Sept 3 ~ Communication
  • Sunday Sept 10 ~ Intuition
  • Sunday Sept 24 ~ Divinity
Kundalini (known as the coiled serpent) is a form of primal energy that lays dormant at the base of the spine. Awakening this energy is linked directly to unleashing the creative genius of man. Once the energy is awakened and guided up the spine through the chakras, true transformation occurs. Kundalini Yoga focuses on a technique called "breath of fire" which is the strongest form of detoxifying the body of deeply buried inner toxins.

This course curriculum is for 7 classes, and each class will focus on one of the seven chakras (energy centers) of the body and releasing the accumulated energy within it. Each chakra has a different function in the human body, the description of the courses are the qualities of each of the chakras beginning with the base of the spine in "Connection" and ending at the Crown of the head with "Divinity" as we reach the final spot where our connection to our Highest Self resides.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Naked State 2017

The 2017 Naked State Art Residency is off to a great start! Learn about this year's artists: http://nakedstate.ca/artists-2017/

There are many opportunities for members and visitors to meet the artists, get involved in their work, and experience their art. Visitors and members of Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park are invited to attend the following:

Mon 24, 8-9pm
Stéphane DeschĂȘnes’ talk on naturism (main building, downstairs)

Tue 25, 4-6pm 
Wed 26, 4-6pm
Half-hour scheduled studio visits (Outback and Marquis Tent in Glen Echo Field)
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.

Sat 29, 5-8pm
Sun 30, 10am-8pm
Artist presentations (throughout park)
Over these two days, Naked State artists will present the artworks developed during their 10-day residency at Bare Oaks. This is the finale. Hope to see many of you there!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Interim Manager

As you may have noticed, LeeAnne has not been around the park for a while. That's because she has been on leave for personal reasons since June 29th. As the length of her absence is undetermined, we have hired Adam Purdy to fill in while she is away. Today is his first day on the job. So please take it easy on him as he struggles to learn all of the processes and procedures!

Adam has an extensive background in HR and business management. We are fortunate that he is available on such short notice. His previous experience will certainly be an asset to the team. We are confident that he will do far more than just fill the gap and certain that he will find many ways to streamline our processes as well as improve the member/visitor experience.