Tuesday, 17 June 2014

14% of Canadians are willing to join us


The results of the 2014 survey on Canadians’ experience and attitudes toward nudity and naturism are now available.

Identifying the size of the naturist movement has always been challenging. While it is easy to count visitors/members of Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park and other clubs, that represents only a small portion of participants. That question was first answered through a 1999 survey. But are the results still relevant a decade and a half later?

We wanted to update the data, determine trends, and reaffirm the original conclusions so Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park coordinated the efforts of the Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN) and the Fédération Québécoise de naturisme (FQN). A new survey was commissioned using an Ipsos panel to ask a similar but more in depth set of questions. The survey was designed, implemented and interpreted by Mark Wilkins Communications.

The results show that interest in naturism is up from 1999. Here are some of the conclusions:
  • Just over 2-in-3 Canadians (69%) claim to have engaged in at least 1 of 6 naturist behaviours tested. The exact same proportion claim to be open to doing so in future. Experience and openness are notably stronger amongst males, and, regionally, Albertans compared to Canadians living elsewhere.
  • At roughly 6-in-10 overall, experience with sleeping in the nude and openness to doing so in future outstrips experience with and openness to other behaviours to a significant degree.
  • This is followed at close to 1-in-2 by experience with / openness to walking around one’s home in the nude.
  • At roughly 1-in-5, a third tier of experience and openness is represented by swimming in the nude (not in mixed company scoring higher than doing so in mixed company particularly when future behaviour is considered).
  • Finally, experience with visiting a naturist / nude beach of resort reside at roughly 1-in-20, but rises significantly to the 1-in-10 range when considering openness to doing so in future.
  • Regionally, Canadians demonstrate several noteworthy differences in their openness to various naturist behaviours:
    • Albertans have greater experience with and are more open to naturism in the home setting (sleeping, walking around) than Canadians elsewhere.
    • British Columbians and Ontarians lead the way in terms of experience with nude swimming, but Albertans show the greatest openness to consider doing so in future (both in unmixed and mixed company).
    • While British Columbians have the most experience with visiting nude beaches, Albertans and residents of the Prairie provinces are most open to doing so in future – and also lead in terms of openness to visiting a naturist resort in future.
  • Finally, while younger Canadians (< 25 years of age) have not to-date shown a greater proclivity to naturist behaviours (their experience being generally on par with that of Canadians aged 35+), they do demonstrate a higher openness to engaging in all in future (exception: sleeping in the nude, to which Canadians of all ages are roughly equivalent in terms of openness).
  • When we collapse across public behaviours (ie. swimming nude in mixed company or going to a naturist/nude beach or resort), we find that 1-in-5 (21%) Canadians have engaged in such behavior and that 1-in-4 (25%) are open to the idea in future.
You can read the complete survey at:


Photo taken during Spencer Tunick's installation work in Sydney by Nelly Xiao. Used with permission.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Upcoming Events




We have many events all summer!  A few highlights:

GTA Naturist Volleyball Tournament - 8th Annual

June 27-29
Special prices!

Family Weekend

July 18-20
Special prices! 

Lee Baxandall Memorial Volleyball Tournament

August 15-17
Special prices! 

...and many, many more events throughout the summer and the year! See our events page. Or follow our Twitter feed. Or subscribe to our calendar. (you need a calendar program that supports .ics subscriptions - such as Outlook)

Friday, 13 June 2014

The Pool is Finally OPEN !!!!

The pool at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park
We just got the OK from the health department. Everything is working as it should be! It's a bit cold right now but we're diverting the water through the hot tub heater to give it a boost. Once it's a bit warmer, the solar heater will do the rest.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

HDTV in Guestrooms

Queen Room

In addition to the new cabins that were mentioned in an earlier blog, we have also improved our guestrooms.

The rooms always featured a comfortable bed, linens, and a Keurig coffee maker with supplies. But they now also have a small fridge and HD Television.

King Room
The television feature 10 local, over-the-air, HD channels. It seems that most people have forgotten that this is an option. If you are near urban areas, you do not need to pay $100/month to a cable or satellite company. A few decades ago, that's how most people got their TV channels.

Over-the-air TV is not only legally free, the quality is often better than cable or satellite. That's because those paid services have to compress the signals in order to squeeze those hundreds of channels into their signal. And because the signal is digital, the picture is either perfect or not there at all. You no longer get those fuzzy channels of yesteryear's. The only downside is that you can't get the specialty channels such as TSN or Discovery.

If you would like to know which channels are available in your area, try this tool on TVfool.com

Photos by Michael Willems and PAR



Friday, 6 June 2014

Another Pool Update


Alas, patching the existing liner has failed. But the good news is that you can fix a lot of things if you’re willing to spend a lot of money. We have order a new liner and paid for rush service. It should be ready early next week. The installers are putting a rush on it too and it should be installed next week – if the weather is good. You can’t install a liner in a sand-bottom liner pool if it is raining.

We have also scheduled trucks to bring water to fill the pool with water. That is much more expensive but the pool will get filled in hours instead of days. So possibly the pool could be open next weekend – but that’s certainly not guaranteed!

As we previously explained, the pool had a leak in the pipes last year. We applied some temporary fixes that kept the pool running rather than shutting it down until the end of the season. But we had to bypass the solar heater so it was cold!

We dealt with the leak in the pipes this spring. But we had to pump out the water to do it and that complicated things. As everyone noticed, the weather was very cold late into the spring. The liner needed to stretch as the weight of the water went in but that didn’t work well with the temperature being low. So we had to put hot water into the pool to help the liner stretch. Unfortunately, it didn't stretch enough. It popped out in a few places (which we fixed) and broke in one place. We patched that and managed to completely fill it. But success was fleeting. The patch started to give way so we had to pump the water back out. We tried a stronger patch and filled it again but it failed and the rip got worse. So a replacement liner became the only option.

Keep an eye on the Twitter feed for updates on our progress:


Monday, 26 May 2014

Pool Update


Right on the heels of major problems with the hot tub, the pool is giving us more trouble.

As most people know, the pool had a leak in the pipes last year. We applied some temporary fixes that kept the pool running rather than shutting it down for the end of the season. But we had to bypass the solar heater so it was cold!

We dealt with the leak in the pipes this spring. But we had to pump out the water to do it and that complicated things. As everyone noticed, the weather was very cold late into the spring. The liner needs to stretch as the weight of the water goes in but that doesn't work well if the temperature is low. So we had to put hot water into the pool to help the liner stretch. Unfortunately, it didn't stretch enough. It popped out in a few places (which we fixed) and broke in one place. We patched that and managed to completely fill it last week. But success was fleeting. The patch started to give way so we had to pump the water back out.

We are now trying to determine if there is a stronger patch available (a faster fix) or if we need to get a new liner. That would be slower since it has to be custom ordered. On the other hand, it will have to be replaced for next year anyway.

Keep an eye on the Twitter feed for updates on our progress.



Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Half Price Cozy Cabins


The cabins are ready!

To encourage some early use, we're offering half price until June 16th.  Don't worry if it's cold – they're fully heated.

The cabins sleep up to 6 and feature a kitchenette with a small fridge and microwave. Outside there is a picnic table and a BBQ with a side burner. The cabin comes with linens, basic dishes and utensils.  Since you don't need clothes either, packing will be very light and easy!!

But there are only 4 available. So make sure you call ahead and reserve.

Get the coupon at: http://www.bareoaks.ca/index.php/en/offers.html

Details and more photos at: http://www.bareoaks.ca/index.php/en/cabins.html#cozy


Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Bitcoin - A Bare Currency


Bitcoin is now accepted for payment at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park and The Bare Boutique. It can be used to pay for purchases both in person and online. A virtual currency is perfect for people without pockets!

Privacy is a concern for some of our members and visitors. They fear being judged because of their beliefs. We could certainly debate whether that's a real issue in today's world but we can't argue that is how some people feel. The anonymity of bitcoin can provide some reassurance. From a business standpoint, bitcoin is very easy to use and has a low transaction cost. (much better than credit cards) It's like cash but without the trouble of counting it and transporting it to the bank.

We actually set up Bitcoin payments several months ago. Now that the process has been properly tested and we've had our first transaction, we can officially announce it.

The security of bitcoin is not a big concern. The recent failures that grabbed headlines were more about security breaches in currency exchanges; not weaknesses of the currency system itself. Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park and the Bare Boutique will be holding their bitcoins in local wallets which avoids that issue. They will only be stored briefly in exchanges while they are being converted into Canadian dollars.

One criticism of bitcoin is that it is not backed by any government or institution and has no inherent value. You could say that about gold as well. That is basically just a shiny metal with very few practical uses. It is not essential to our survival in any way. Yet we all value it because for thousands of years we have been taught to treasure it.

Another criticism is that it is used for criminal activity. It is true that criminals like the anonymous nature of a bitcoin transaction. But you can say the same thing about cash. In fact, cash is even less traceable yet nobody is suggesting getting rid of it.

Initially most bitcoins we receive will be converted into regular currency. It is a reality that the vast majority of our suppliers do not accept bitcoin. But acceptance continues to grow rapidly so that may change in the not so distant future.

To learn more about bitcoin, visit bitcoin.org.

Friday, 2 May 2014

Clothes-free Theatre


The FCN has organized a private showing of “The Love List” at Herongate Barn Theatre on Friday, May 23, 2014. (that's not the Victoria day weekend – Victoria Day is May 19th this year)

This showing has been specially arranged to allow the audience to be clothing-free.


Synopsis of “The Love List”:
Remember the old saying about being careful what you wish for?  Leon and Bill write up a list of qualities defining the perfect woman, and much to their surprise, she appears.  This hilarious and thought-provoking play examines the quest for perfection.
For more details and to reserve your seat using our online order system, go to the reservation page:



Friday, 25 April 2014

Volunteer Day – Saturday May 3

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 3, 2014

10am to 3pm

  • Everyone is welcome! Lunch will be provided, free of charge, for all volunteers.
  • There will be projects suitable for all abilities and levels of ambition.
  • Non-members who volunteer will not be charged any day fees. (please register at the office)

4pm to 6pm – 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.