Tuesday, 30 December 2008

The Naturist Living Show Podcast

Introducing the Naturist Living Show podcast!

This podcast focuses on issues of interest to naturists. Rather than trying to convince people to try naturism, the show is aimed at people who are already familiar with naturism. It analyzes topics, events and people with naturist themes. You'll hear multiple voices from around the world. The first 3 shows include interviews with Michel Vaïs founder of the Fédération québécoise de naturisme (FQN), Mark Storey & Nicky Hoffman of the Naturist Society (TNS), and Bob Dixon of the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR).

The first 3 episodes have already been posted. The plan is for future shows to be posted on a monthly basis.

For more info, visit:

Naturist Living Show

Friday, 19 December 2008

Holiday Hours

While the office is generally open 7 days/week, we have decided to close for holidays during the off-season. It has been our experience during the past year that there are very few visitors on those days.

Of course, facilities are always open to members using their key fob

We will be closed on:
  • New Year’s Day (Jan. 1)
  • Family Day (3rd Monday in Feb.)
  • Good Friday (Friday before Easter)
  • Thanksgiving Day (2nd Monday in Oct.)
  • Christmas Eve (Dec. 24)
  • Christmas Day (Dec. 25)
  • Boxing Day (Dec. 26).
Sorry, but visitors are not permitted on the property when the office is closed (regardless of the event being held) unless special arrangements have been made in advance.

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Lee Baxandall (1935-2008)

The Naturist Society has announced with profound sadness that its founder, Lee Baxandall, has died in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Baxandall, who had suffered from Parkinson's Disease, was 73 years old at the time of his death on November 27, 2008.

Baxandall began his work as a naturist activist more than 30 years ago. With a background in writing and publishing, Lee's naturist passion led him in 1976 to form the Free Beaches Documentation Center, which he located in his hometown of Oshkosh. By 1980, Lee had founded The Naturist Society (TNS), and TNS had presented its first Gathering for naturists. 'Clothed with the Sun,' the flagship publication of TNS in its early years, was renamed 'Nude & Natural,' or more simply, 'N' magazine in 1989. Today, the magazine has a staff of professional and volunteer writers, but in the early days, much of the content of the magazine was pure Baxandall.

Lee was also the initiating force behind other familiar naturist organizations. In 1983, it was a Baxandall idea (and $70 in seed money that Lee pulled from his own pocket and gave to Murray Kaufman) that led to the TNS special interest group that would become Gay Naturists International. In 1990, Baxandall jump-started the Naturist Action Committee as an adjunct to TNS. The Naturist Education Foundation followed in 1993.

For the decades of the 1980s and 1990s, 'Lee Baxandall's World Guide to Nude Beaches and Resorts' was the standard companion for those seeking information on naturist destinations throughout the world. Each edition of the World Guide reflected Lee's naturist philosophy, not only for growing numbers of naturists, but also for the benefit of an expanding mainstream audience. Baxandall's World Guide is the inspiration for 'The World's Best Nude Beaches and Resorts,' a recent TNS publication that carries on the tradition.

In 2002, recognizing the inevitable effect of his declining health, Baxandall transferred ownership of The Naturist Society to a carefully selected handful of longtime associates. TNS is necessarily a dynamic organization that responds to the changing needs of its members. Nevertheless, owners Nicky Hoffman Lee and Margaret Thornton have remained remarkably faithful to the vision of Lee Baxandall.


Arrangements are pending. Lee's family has not yet announced details. More complete obituaries will, of course, appear in N magazine and in The Newsletter. The Naturist Action Committee will distribute further information in the form of NAC Updates, as details become available.

The directors of the Naturist Action Committee and the Naturist Education Foundation join with the ownership and staff of The Naturist Society in marking, with respect and appreciation, the passing of an exceptional individual.

"Body acceptance is the idea. Nude recreation is the way."
- Lee R. Baxandall (1935-2008)


Bob Morton
Executive Director
Naturist Action Committee (NAC) - PO Box 132, Oshkosh, WI 54903
Executive Director Bob Morton - execdir@naturistaction.org
Naturist Society: Nicky Hoffman Lee - nickyh@naturistsociety.com
Online Rep. Dennis Kirkpatrick - naturist@sunclad.com

Friday, 28 November 2008

The Hot Tub is BACK!

The hot tub is now operational again. Hopefully, it will keep working for a while longer.

We had hoped to replace the tub with a newer and larger one. Most of the current hot tub's equipment has been replaced at least once in the last 2 years. However, equipment failures continue to happen because of the poor design of the current hot tub shell. The tub that is there is the original one installed by Eric Jarvis in the early 1980's and it is showing its age. In addition, it doesn't work well with the newer equipment which demands greater water flow for the enhanced treatment capabilities.

Unfortunately, replacing the entire tub is a much more elaborate and expensive endeavour than expected. As such, we spent good money after bad by fixing the existing system. We didn't want our members to be without the use of the hot tub for several months. (especially those upcoming cold winter months!)

We hope you enjoy the hot tub (hopefully uninterrupted for the next few months) and we apologize for the disappointment and inconvenience the latest breakdown may have caused.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Nipples on TV

Of all of society's irrational and arbitrary attitudes towards the human body, breasts and nipples are the ones that feature the most contradictions.

The ongoing fight for a woman's right to breastfeed her baby in public illustrates the contradictory view of breasts as both sex objects and sources of nutrition and nurturing for babies.

The main argument seems to be that breasts are sexual. The truth is that people are sexual. While men may find the female breast sexy, it is certainly not women's exclusive source of sexuality. Conversely, women may find men's chests sexual but men are not forced to hide them. This inconsistency is likely derived from the archaic notion that women must hide to save men from themselves.

Even the definition of breasts is problematic. You can't differentiate between men and women by breast size. Some men have larger breasts than some women. Trying to define where the breast starts and ends is almost impossible. Where is the edge of the breast?

So we are generally left with legal definitions that only refer to the nipple and areola. That means that breasts are not bare if pasties cover the nipple and areola area. Clearly, society is now telling us that the only part of concern is the nipple and areola area on a woman's body.

So if women's nipples are so much more sexual than men's that they must be covered, then there must be a clear difference between a man's nipple and a woman's nipple. So take a look at this close-up nipple photo. Is it a man's nipple or a woman's? If it is a woman's nipple, you are supposed to be offended but not if it's a man's. Are you offended? And if women's nipples are more sexual, you should be able to tell whether it is a woman's nipple by your physiological reaction. Are you turned on? (answer at the bottom of the page)

But the very best example of the arbitrariness of it all comes courtesy of a TV show called Dr. 90210. This is a reality show that follows the lives of plastic surgeons as they "improve" people's lives through surgery. Most of the surgery is comprised of the predictable facial changes and breast enhancements. However, one episode focused on a woman who was in the process of a sex change. Calahan's treatment has clearly been effective. Dressed, it was impossible to see that he had started life as a woman. He sported a beard and muscular forearms.

But during the initial exam, one could clearly see the outline of female breasts but the nipples were obscured. As the operation began, the shows producers protected us from those upsetting female nipples by scrambling that portion of the image. No attempt was made to shield us from the blood and gore of the operation. The image of the incision and the cutting and hacking away of the internal breast material was crystal clear.

Less than 3 minutes later, the same nipples that were the cause of such consternation are now revealed because they are now deemed to be men's nipples! The same skin and nipple material is now acceptable for public consumption because some biological material had been removed. Most of the material was never even visible in the first place as it consisted of breast tissue beneath the skin. But with the removal of the mammary glands, the nipples had lost their offensive nature.

Interestingly, the same episode also featured labiaplasty. This is where a woman gets her labia reduced to "increase her self-confidence." Not surprisingly, the woman's labia was masked during the surgery. However, the show was more than willing to show the parts of the labia that were removed after the surgery. The message: the labia is only offensive when it is attached to a living woman. What does that say about our society's view of the human body?

Think you know whether that is a man or woman's nipple?
To see the original, full photo click here.

Breastfeeding photo by: Mike.Hanlon
Pasties photo from the Creative Commons.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Discussion Forums!

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Bare Oaks discussion forums. Think of it as a cyber-hot tub.

Now, members can communicate with each other securely even when they are not at the park. It's a convenient way to discuss issues and make plans.

The forums also include the option to post anonymous questions or comments for Bare Oaks management to answer.

For more details, visit:

Tuesday, 7 October 2008


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. Don't rely on the rumour mill. Get the facts directly from the source. This year we're making it a lunch-time meeting so we'll have food and drink available. (Yes, there is such a thing as a free lunch!)

In order to maintain order, Heather will moderate the meeting questions and answers. Ken had suggested this (and volunteered to do it) but could not attend. It's a great suggestion and Heather has volunteered to be the moderator.

The new social committee (see below) will also be making a presentation.

When: Sunday Oct 19, 2008
11 am – 1 pm

Social Committee

A group of members have volunteered to form a social committee in order to coordinate the many events and to support those who want to host an event. They have written up a charter and are looking for submissions and volunteers to run events. Other than getting staff support, these activities and festivities are independent. They are events by members for members! (and visitors of course)

The committee has grand plans for events every weekend and based on the preliminary list, they will likely exceed that!!

Watch for announcements on this blog, on the Bare Oaks event calendar (www.bareoaks.ca/Bare-Oaks/Events.html) and on the future social committee webpage at: www.BareOaks.ca/social.

Friday, 5 September 2008

FCN Library at Bare Oaks

We are honoured that the Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN) has selected Bare Oaks as the location for the FCN library. When finished, the library will contain several donated collections of magazines, newspaper clippings, videos and other archival material from the world of naturism that go back to the beginning of the 20th century. It will be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Canadian naturist history.

To make it work, the FCN needs volunteers. We need:
  1. Head Librarian – To organize and catalog the collection.
  2. Renovators – To fix up the inside of the trailer and to build a deck in front.
  3. Attendants – To maintain the collection and supervise during opening hours.
Interested? Send an email to fcnlibrary@bareoaks.ca or call the Bare Oaks office at (905) 473-6060

Webworms not tent caterpillars

All those webs on the trees aren't as bad as you might think and are not tent caterpillars. See the article below from YorkRegion.com:

Don’t let webworms bug you
Webworms form cocoons such as this one at the end of trees. Experts believe higher than normal rainfalls this summer may contribute to their early arrival. They usually don’t start until late summer.

Regional News
August 23, 2008 10:13 PM

By: Adam McLean

They are creepy, crawly, hairy and they could be in your back yard.
Take a look out the window or have a gander next time you mow your lawn and you might notice your trees are sporting cottony webs at the ends of some branches. Get a closer look and you will see that these cotton webs are, in fact, alive.

Read the rest of the article at:
http://www.yorkregion.com/News/Regional News/article/80291

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Mt. Albert Fall Festival

Most of you are familiar with the community of Mount Albert. Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park is a member of the Mount Albert Business Association and a proud supporter of the 2nd annual festival. The first festival last year was a tremendous success with thousands of attendees. Expect even more this year!

2nd Annual East Gwillimbury Fall Festival
in Downtown Mount Albert
Saturday, September 13, 2008 (Rain or Shine)

Click here for a map & schedule
  • Free Admission - opens at 10:00 am
  • Live Music begins at 11:00 am (Prairie Oyster, Grant Fullerton, Bolt Upright)
  • Outdoor Family Entertainment
  • The Chili Cook-Off or Chili Pepper Eating Contests
  • Belgian Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
  • MAGHS Plant Sale and Information Booth
  • Pet Contests provided by Pawsitive Approach Pet Services Inc.
  • Pony Rides, Horse Ride Simulator, Bouncing Castle
  • Buskers and Street Performances
  • Family Scavenger Hunt
  • Heritage Demonstrations by Sharon Temple Museum
  • Quality Artisans and Vendors
  • Community Service Group Information Area

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Seized Trailer Auction

The following trailer has been seized for non-payment and is being sold, by auction, to the highest bidder.

1990 26’ Mallard Sprinter
Model: 290-71929FK

1 bedroom with sitting area and eat–in Kitchen.

There is a full sized electric Danby fridge, double sink, and gas stove. Oak decor with blue carpets, blinds and trim.

The trailer is sold on a strict as-is basis.

The trailer is available for inspection at the Bare Oaks office during normal business hours. Please call to make an appointment. (905) 473-6060

To participate in the auction, go to:

The auction will end on Tue 16 Sep 2008 at 13:06:52.

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Events - Labour Day Weekend

Lots of events this weekend! All done by volunteer Bare Oaks members. (Thank you!!) See the schedule for Saturday and Sunday below.



Traditionally, the park has held an Illumination Night on the Saturday of the Labour Day long weekend – this tradition comes from the Illumination initiated annually by the Sharon Temple.

The Children of Peace, the builders of the Sharon Temple, embodied contradiction after contradiction. They were a "plain folk", former Quakers with no musical tradition, who went on to create the first civilian band in Canada and build the first organ in Ontario. They built an ornate temple to raise money for the poor, and built the province's first shelter for the homeless; but by 1851, Sharon was the most prosperous village in the province.

Following the practice of the Children of Peace, Sharon Temple holds The Illumination on the first Friday night of September every year – at one time the light from the temple could be seen from Toronto.

All are invited to light up the park by decorating your site with light (Trailers and Campsites) and by doing so, enter our juried Illumination Night. You can choose electric lights, solar lights or candle light.

All are invited to meet at the fork in Beckett Circle by the water pump house to begin the walk about around the park at dusk (7:30 pm on August 30th) ‘oooing’ and ‘awwwing’ at the sites. (Amongst the group will be the secret judges).

Volunteers wanted for the afternoon of August 30th to assist in filling paper bags with sand & tea lights and placing along the side of the park roads – please contact Heather if interested. At approximately 7:15 all are asked to light the tea lights in the bags in front/around their individual site.



10:00 am (Sand court)

Volleyball clinic for novice plus, novice player and beginners. (prepare for the 1pm Swing & Switch Volleyball Tournament!)

LUNCH SPECIAL – (front deck)
  • Hot Dog & Salad $4.00
  • Hamburger & Salad $5.00
(Restaurant open all weekend!)

1:00 pm

This is a fun tournament for every level of player. We have 8 Bare Oaks prize towels to give away to the winners! Cost: FREE!


4:00 pm judging (front lawn)
6:00 pm Chili dinner

Think you make the BEST CHILLI? Find out what the judges think.

Sign up to enter in the front office.

This is your chance to taste the enticing Chilli dishes. If you did not enter the contest, please bring a dish with you (salad, alternative entrées, breads, etc) sign up sheet will be in front office after August 16th, or email potluck@bareoaks.ca Remember to bring your own plates and utensils.

After dinner the prize for the best Chilli and Illuminations will be awarded.

Monday, 18 August 2008

Barestock: this Saturday

Saturday August 23rd, 2008
Bare Oaks members welcome back …
Jamie Dart and Bad Dog

First set starts at 4:30 pm
Dinner to follow:
  • Hamburgers $5.00
  • Chicken on a bun $5.00 (while quantities last)
  • Jumbo hot dogs $4.00
  • Meal includes salad & dessert
  • Bring your own refreshments
Event to take place on the lawn in front of Clubhouse (or in the Outback if raining)

••• All are welcome •••
(non-members must register and pay day fees)

Event hosted by volunteer Bare Oaks Members

Monday, 11 August 2008

trailers and campsites

The number of campsites at Bare Oaks are very limited for two reasons:
  1. Several areas of our property are environmentally sensitive and must be protected
  2. We want to keep our natural spaces open for our members to enjoy
To ensure that all members can spend the occasional weekend or vacation at Bare Oaks, and to ensure that we continue to welcome visitors from all over the world, we will be keeping 25 campsites open for short-term use. Unfortunately, that means that we are very, very close to being out of sites for members who want a permanent, year-round campsite for their trailer.

However, if you are interested in a site but find that there are none left, there are often a few trailers for sale.

Our used trailers for sale section has recently been updated. Visit:

If you don't see what you want, bookmark this page and keep checking!

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Naturist Festival Time

This week, Bare Oaks is hosting the Fifth Annual Canadian Naturist Festival. It will takes place August 7th to 10th. The festival, a celebration of naturist life, is drawing people from as far away as British Columbia and California. It will be a very busy week! Every single campsite has been booked. But there is still room to squeeze in a tent or two.

*** Full meal service is available during the festival. ***

The FCN & FQN are offering Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park members the benefit of a rock-bottom registration fee of only $10 for the entire festival!!!

The festival will offer over 30 presentations, discussions, music, games, and hands-on sessions. Activities are planned for children, both youngsters and teens. Special guests include massage/yoga experts and the perennial favourite entertainer, the acrobat/juggler/clown/fire-breather Michel Goulet. Click here for the schedule.

Early on August 7, a special bus will leave Bare Oaks for the clothing-optional Hanlan's Beach in Toronto. Riders (by reservation only) are invited to ride without clothes (but with a towel at least). Of course, everyone is invited to join us on the beach even if they "missed the bus"!

Prizes to be handed out at the festival include books, Tilley hats, Harry Potter bedspreads, and the grand one: a week at Hidden Beach resort in Mexico!

On August 9, the official announcement will be made of the winners of two journalism prizes, awarded for the best articles appearing in Canada in 2007 (one in English, one in French) that discuss naturism in non-naturist publications.

Complete schedule at:

Festival pricing info at:

Friday, 25 July 2008

Ribs & Movie Night

Bare Oaks Ribs & Movie Night

Saturday August 2nd, 2008

Bare Oaks members are hosting a Ribs & Movie Night

Come join us in front of the Clubhouse for …
  • Ribs,
  • Corn on the Cob,
  • Pork & Beans,
  • Salads,
  • Rolls & Desserts
(Bring your own Beverages)

… And stay for …
Cartoon Shorts and a movie

Dinner starts at 6:30pm
Movie begins at Dusk

$10.00 Per Person
Children Under 10 Eat Free
(non-members must also pay grounds fees)

Tickets available for purchase at the front desk
Bring your own chairs & popcorn for the movie if you wish
••• All are welcome •••

Event hosted by Bare Oaks Members

Friday, 11 July 2008

Funny TV ad from the UK

Ogilvy, an advertising agency in London, UK, has released a humorous ad for Comfort fabric conditioner depicting a nudist betrayed by his wife.


Click on the link above to view:

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Petanque tournament this Saturday!

A fun tournament at Bare Oaks Naturist Resort on Saturday, July 12th

Meet at the Petanque Courts
Registration 9:30 - 10:30am
Fun 'n Games start at 10:30

Ground Fees & Tournament Registration for Non-Members
Special Rate $20 per person, includes lunch


$5.00 per person, for members or if using a Free Day Pass issued in Going Natural
(lunch not included but available for $5.00-$6.00 per person)

For more information, or to let us know your interest, please contact Bernie at 416-566-1022 or Stony at Lot 106. (or send an email to info@BareOaks.ca)

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Sunday: Seminar on naturism and health

When: Sunday July 6, 2008 @ 3 pm
Who: France Guillain
What: Seminar on the Health Benefits of Naturism
Where: Clubhouse deck (or indoors if the weather is inclement)

France Guillain, the author of Le Bonheur d'être nu. Le Naturisme, un art de vivre. (The pleasure of being nude. Naturism, an art of living.) will be doing a seminar on healthy living at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park on Sunday at 3 pm. (Free for members. Guests must register and pay day fees.) Bare Oaks is one of only two stops France is making while visiting Canada from Paris, France.

France Guillain has written many books on naturist health that have sold millions of copies throughout Europe. She has also shared her knowledge and experience through hundreds of articles, radio interviews and televisions shows. She currently teaches healthy living at conferences, seminars and through naturist retreats.

Born in Polynesia, Guillain was raised in a simple life. She left the island to study on a scholarship. Since then, she has never stopped learning; amassing in the process multiple degrees in science, math and philosophy. She is also the author of several studies. The mother of 5 children, she sailed the world for 17 years with her children. She lived for long periods in China, the Philippines, Mexico, the USA, in the Balearic Islands and the Galapagos.

This lifestyle compelled her to turn to nature for simple yet effective healing methods to safeguard and optimize her personal and her family's health.

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

The should compete nude

On Tuesday June 24, 2008, in an article titled Sleek suit swamps records, the Toronto Star reported on a new high-tech swim suit called the Speedo LZR Racer. This full-body suit apparently gives the swimmer a significant advantage by reducing drag.

Sport is about reaching for the ultimate fitness of the body, mind and spirit. The Greeks were right when they competed nude in sporting events. In fact, the term gymnasium comes from the Greek word gymnos which means nude.

But when swimmers use a high-tech fabric suit that costs $550 each, takes 15 minutes to put on, and only lasts for 4-5 swims, sport becomes about who has the most money and the most advanced technology.

We should accept our bodies as they are. We are designed to be the best at what we are. I think most would agree regardless of whether they think God or evolution created us.

Not all of us are perfectly built for sports such as swimming, running, or basketball. But for those who are, it should be about the person and the sport but not about the contraptions we use to enhance our abilities.

Monday, 23 June 2008

Volleyball this weekend!

The 2nd Annual Greater Toronto Naturist Volleyball Tournament is June 27 - July 1st!

More fun than last year!!

CO-ED A, B, Novice Plus, Novice and Teen Novice Divisions
Lots of fun for everyone – live band, kids games, volleyball clinics, and more...
Full food service & meal plans available.

Details at:

Contact: volleyball@BareOaks.ca
Reservations: info@BareOaks.ca

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Newspaper article about working at Bare Oaks

There is a great article about working at Bare Oaks in today's Living section of the Toronto Star. There are two very large colour photos on the front page of the section and page 6.


Being naked is just another day at the office ... when you work in a naturist park
Jun 19, 2008 04:30 AM

It wasn't the prospect of being nude all summer that bothered Nikki Lafrance, but rather the subtleties of applying for a job at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park.

When she was leaving a phone message for the owner, she almost blurted, "Oh and I like being naked," but stopped herself. "You wonder what's professional," muses Lafrance, 22...

Read the entire article at: http://www.thestar.com/living/article/445402

Monday, 16 June 2008

Sunshine & Cancer Prevention

In 1999, Going Natural published an article reviewing some little known research about the benefits of sun exposure. The article suggested that the advice and supporting research that told us to hide from the sun was very one-sided. It concluded that the sun had many health-giving benefits and that the advice being given a decade ago was probably an overreaction.

In the ensuing years, we have been deluged by research studies on the benefits of vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin. The evidence that staying out of the sun was bad advice is now overwhelming.

In an April 28, 2007 article in the Toronto Globe and Mail, Martin Mittelstaedt reports that “those studying the vitamin say the hide-from-sunlight advice has amounted to the health equivalent of a foolish poker trade. Anyone practising sun avoidance has traded the benefit of a reduced risk of skin cancer—which is easy to detect and treat and seldom fatal—for an increased risk of the scary, high-body-count cancers, such as breast, prostate, and colon, that appear linked to vitamin D shortages.”

In The Scientist in 2003, Dr. Colleen E. Hayes, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, writes, "Urged by the fear of skin cancer, individuals are avoiding sun exposure and using sunscreens . . . Somewhere there is a balance between too much sun and melanoma risk, or too little sun and autoimmune disease."

In a March 27, 2003 interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Prof. Michael Holick, of the Boston University Medical Centre, said that “In Europe it’s estimated that 25% of women who die of breast cancer may not have died of breast cancer if they would have maintained adequate vitamin D levels throughout their life and have had some sun exposure.”

In the February 2005 edition of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in the USA, a study by Dr. Marianne Berwick of the University of New Mexico found that people with greater sun exposure were less likely to die of melanoma. Ironically, this is a type of skin cancer that experts used to tell us could be avoided by keeping out of the sun. The study also found that those who had a history of getting sunburn were more likely to die of skin cancer.

In the same issue of the journal was a second study by Dr. Karin Ekström Smedby, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. It found that the greater the exposure to sunlight, the lower the risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. It also found a similar but weaker correlation for Hodgkin's disease.

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School presented a study at the 2005 annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research that showed that patients with high vitamin D intake who had surgery in months with lots of sun were more than twice as likely to be alive five years after surgery, compared to patients with low vitamin D intake who had wintertime operations.

On April 5, 2006, the Associated Press reported on two new studies: “High levels of vitamin D translated to a 50 per cent lower risk of breast cancer, one study found. The second study by Canadian researchers found that women who spent time outdoors or got a lot of vitamin D from their diets or supplements—especially as teens—were 25 per cent to 45 per cent less likely to develop breast cancer than women with less of the nutrient.”

In 2007, researchers at Creighton University in Nebraska published the results of a four-year study. They randomly assigned 1180 women to two groups. Those assigned to take vitamin D and calcium supplements were 77% less likely to develop cancer.

On May 16, 2008, Reuters reported on a study from Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. It concluded that “women deficient in the ‘sunshine vitamin’ when diagnosed with breast cancer were 94 per cent more likely to have their cancer spread and were 73 per cent more likely to die than women with adequate vitamin D levels.”

It’s not just cancer that’s involved. Sunshine has been shown to help with hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, influenza, psoriasis, seasonal affective disorder, pre-menstrual syndrome, sleep disorders, and autoimmune diseases. In a July 5, 2003 article in the Globe and Mail, William Illsey Atkinson reported that “for nearly a decade, epidemiologists at UNESCO have found a strong fall-off in the rate of multiple sclerosis in populations closer to the equator” and that “your chances of developing MS are significantly lower if you've lived in a sunny climate from infancy to your mid-teens.”

Exposure to sunshine is by far the most efficient way to build up vitamin D. A cup of milk fortified with vitamin D will give you only about 100 International Units (IU) of vitamin D. A typical multi-vitamin will give you 400 IU. But spending 10–15 minutes naked in the sun, without sunscreen, will cause your body to make 10,000 IU! (People with darker skin will need a bit more time to make the same amount of vitamin D.)

Nobody knows how much vitamin D is needed. While some scientists have suggested that more than 10,000 IU are toxic, others are now disputing that estimate. While it is possible to take too many vitamin D supplements, your body’s production of vitamin D is self-regulating. It won’t make too much. So it is best to use your natural processes to get your optimal vitamin D levels.

In Canada, the winter sun is not strong enough to produce enough vitamin D. During those months, it is best to complement sun exposure with a nutritional vitamin D supplement. Experts currently suggest between 1,000 and 2,000 IU per day.

The big question that remains is what happens to the substances in our bodies that get synthesized into vitamin D by sunshine on our skin. (When we take vitamin D as a supplement, our bodies are not producing it.) Some authors have suggested that the elements that our bodies turn into vitamin D with the help of sunshine might build up and turn harmful if they are not used.

As with most things, it seems more prudent to live our lives as naturally as possible. That includes using the sun to allow our bodies to make our vitamin D the natural way. Nonetheless, sunshine should also be taken in moderation.

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Bare Oaks in N Magazine

Bare Oaks is featured in the Summer 2008 issue of N Magazine published by the Naturist Society.

Read the complete article here:

Anyone interested in subscribing to N Magazine can pickup a subscription form in the store/office at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park.

You can also purchase a copy of this issue from the Skinny Dipper Shop.

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Volunteer day - Sunday

Sunday June 8th is volunteer day at Bare Oaks. Come and give us a few hours of your time to make the park a better place and we'll buy you lunch.

We have a variety of different jobs so there's something for everyone.

If you are volunteering, please come by the office and we'll point you in the right direction.

Saturday, 31 May 2008

Bare Oaks in the Toronto Star

Why nude is the new black
Perhaps we're finally learning to love our own imperfect, aging flesh in all its glorious reality

Toronto Star, Saturday, May 31, 2008
Living Section

Could a culture obsessed with Abercrombie gods and Victoria's Secret bombshells learn to love their own merely mortal physiques?

If black represents a colour that's famous for helping men and women cover their real and imagined figure flaws, it can be assumed our current willingness to embrace all manner of nudity may be a symbol that we are becoming more at ease with our naked selves – warts and all.

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Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Article in Going Natural

The following article was printed in the Spring 2008 issue of Going Natural magazine:
Is Naturism more than recreation?

In recent years, naturism has been widely described as nude recreation.
The Naturist Society's motto is "Body acceptance is the idea, nude recreation is the way." The R in AANR stands for recreation. The big pan-American event of the year is Nude Recreation Week in July. Even the International Naturist Federation tells first-time visitors that "nude recreation is a great way to unwind and get back to basics." Of the associations well-known in Canada, only the FCN and FQN don't relegate naturism to mere recreation.
So, is it just recreation? Or is it a lifestyle?

Read the entire article at:

Anyone interested in subscribing to Going Natural magazine can pickup a subscription form in the store/office at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park.

You can also purchase a copy of this issue from the Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN).

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Firewood & Campfires

Firewood often contains insects and plant diseases. People who bring firewood from home may accidentally spread those diseases that threaten the health of our forest. The Asian Longhorned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer are of particular concern. They are both recent arrivals to Canada and without natural controls here. To prevent infestation and on the advice of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) we have implemented a ban on firewood from outside the park. No firewood of any kind may be brought onto the Bare Oaks property. No standing tree, whether alive or dead, can be cut without permission. Firewood that has been cut on our lot is available for sale through the store.

Click here for information on the Asian Longhorned Beetle

Click here for information on the Emeral Ash Borer

For more information on plant pests:

For everyone’s safety, campfires must be limited to approved firepits. Always keep your fire under control and never leave it alone. Depending on the conditions, the municipality/region may implement a fire-ban. Please check with the office before lighting a fire.

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Pool is OPEN!

OK, the water is still a bit cold since there hasn't been enough sun for the solar heater to do it's job. That didn't stop Dean from being first in the pool on May 10. (as usual!) The picture above is Steve who was the 2nd person in the pool. Nobody had a camera handy when Dean went in the pool. He was so eager to get into that clean but frigid water that the camera wasn't ready.

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Bare Oaks in Metro Newspapers

There is an article about naturism in today's (May 7th) Metro newspaper. It is generally about naturist travel but it features a picture from Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. (with the website!)


The column appears in the Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver editions of the newspaper. It is a free daily newspaper that is distributed mainly to commuters. The total circulation of all those editions is over 825,000.

Thursday, 1 May 2008

Summer water is ON

The summer water system is now working so all trailers now have access to running water.

The toilets and showers in Beckett Circle are not yet functional. As soon as they are cleaned and tested, they will also be opened.

Although our water is filtered and chlorinated, we do not meet the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s standards for drinking water.The York Region Health Inspector tested our water in March 2007 and told us that we met regulation 252 because he believed that we were a trailer park or campground with less than five service connections. However, because we are a campground with year-round use and more than 5 connections, we must meet regulation 170. (Municipal Residential Drinking Water Systems) We are currently trying to meet regulation 170. We are working with engineer to get a report that will allow us to register the water system with the Ministry of the Environment. Until then, we must notify you that our water is not potable and you should “bring water to a rapid rolling boil for at least one minute before use.”

2008 rates

Photo by bradipo

The 2008 rates have been posted on the website and take effect May 15th. Only a small increase of 2% or less has been implemented on long-term rates. Anyone paying their yearly fees before May 15 (even if their renewal date is after May 15) will pay the 2007 prices.

Sunday, 13 April 2008

Bare Oaks at the Green Living Show

Bare Oaks will be exhibiting Friday through Sunday at the Green Living Show in the Direct Energy Centre (at the CNE) in Toronto.

For nearly a century, respect for the environment has been one of the core principles of naturism. In fact, you could say that naturists are the original environmentalists! So it seem to make perfect sense that those who attend the Green Living Show might be interested in naturism.

For existing naturists, it is a great place to get ideas for living a more environmentally-friendly life. If you wish to attend the show, here are some places you can go to get a discount:
About the show:
  • Over 400 exhibitors with simple, practical “greenovations”
  • Hundreds of new products
  • Earth-friendly advice and services
  • Sample * Sip * Shop * Learn* Discover * Play
  • Don't miss this enlightening and entertaining event!
  • Shop with leading environmental exhibitors in a wide range of categories: Transportation • Food & Beverage • Energy • Home and Garden • Health & Wellness • Green Business • Eco Fashion • Eco-Tourism & Recreation • Green Building • Environmental Education • Environmental Organizations
Show Hours
Friday, April 25 - 10 am - 9 pm
Saturday, April 26 -10 am - 9 pm
Sunday, April 27 -10 am - 6 pm

Public Transit :
Take the 509 Harbourfront streetcar from Union Station or the 511 Bathurst streetcar from Bathurst Station.

There's plenty of parking adjacent to the Direct Energy Centre
All-Day Parking - $11.

Bike Parking:
Ample bike parking will be available outside the main entrance on the south and west side of the Direct Energy Centre.


Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Bare Oaks Spring Flood

The yearly Bare Oaks spring flood is on. With the warmer weather comes the runoff through the Black River and Harrison Creek. The unusually high amount of snowfall this year has created some record flooding. Yesterday, the water was running over parts of Kennedy Road and Queensville Sideroad had to be closed because some much water was flowing over it.

If you are planning on visiting Bare Oaks in the next while, please be careful. If you are traveling at night, you may not see the water on the road until you are in it.

Access to the back of Bare Oaks (Beckett Circle) is limited to foot traffic for the next few weeks while the road dries up. For the next few days, you'll need a good set of waterproof boots because the water is flowing over Connett Drive at the bridge over the Black River. Today, it is 15-20 cm deep.

Be very careful! The water is much deeper and flows faster than it looks!

See photos at:

Friday, 28 March 2008

Spring Dinner & Dance - Saturday April 12

Photo by Noah Bulgaria

It's almost here! Time to celebrate the beginning of prime naturist weather.

Saturday April 12
Cocktail Hour 5pm
Dinner at 6pm
Dance to follow
$15.00 Per Person until April 8th
$20.00 Per Person after April 8th
(non-members must also pay daily visitor fees)

RSVP to Office by April 8th
(larry@bareoaks.ca or 905-473-6060)

  • Breaded Chicken Cutlets
  • Baked Veggie Casserole
  • Fusilli Pasta with Tomato Sauce
  • Eggplant Parmesan
  • Caesar Salad
  • Assorted Breads
  • Dessert

Event hosted by Bare Oaks Volunteer Members

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Earth Hour

I'm sure that most of you have heard of Earth Hour by now. Millions of people all over the globe will be participating. Bare Oaks will also be participating.

Saturday March 29, 8 – 9 p.m.

We will turn off as many lights and other electrical devices for Earth Hour.

Even if you are not going to be at Bare Oaks, please participate by turning off lights and electrical devices wherever you are.

About Earth Hour

On March 31 2007, for one hour, Sydney made a powerful statement about the greatest contributor to global warming – coal-fired electricity – by turning off its lights. Over 2.2 million Sydney residents and over 2,100 businesses switched off, leading to a 10.2% energy reduction across the city. What began as one city taking a stand against global warming caught the attention of the world.

In 2008, 24 global cities will participate in Earth Hour at 8pm on March 29. Earth Hour is the highlight of a major campaign to encourage businesses, communities and individuals to take the simple steps needed to cut their emissions on an ongoing basis. It is about simple changes that will collectively make a difference – from businesses turning off their lights when their offices are empty, to households turning off appliances rather than leaving them on standby.


Monday, 21 January 2008

Valentines Dinner & Dance

Valentines Dinner & Dance

Saturday February 9th, 2008

  • Cocktail Hour 5pm (BYOB)
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • Dance to follow

$15.00 Per Person in advance
$20.00 Per Person at the door
(non-members must also pay the visitor fee)

RSVP to Sandy by February 5th
(sandy@bareoaks.ca or 905-473-6060)

  • California Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette
  • Assorted Bread & Rolls
  • Wild Rice
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Roast Chicken Breast Seasoned with Herbs
  • Chicken Breast with Mushroom Sauce
  • Vegetarian Pasta Alfredo
  • Vegetable Medley
  • Dessert

*** This event is hosted by Bare Oaks Volunteer Members ***

Sunday, 13 January 2008

A couple of articles

The Saturday Toronto Star has a great article titled "Bare facts about the Caribbean" by Bruce Bishop. If some of you subscribe to the British H&E Naturist Magazine, you may recall that Bruce Bishop also did a great article about Bare Oaks in the October issue of the magazine. This latest article provides from useful and frank advice about taking a nude vacation in the Caribbean.


Toronto Star January 12, 2007 Article (http://www.thestar.com/Travel/article/292453)

H&E October 2007 Article (http://www.bareoaks.ca/files/HNEOct07.pdf)

Sunday, 6 January 2008

Stephen Crowley, Noodtoonist

I've been a fan of Stephen's work for several years now. (Noodtoonist is his term) His naturist comic novels are the best ones I've seen. I own his only printed book, The Koala Bares. I love it because his characters have realistic body types and represent all kinds of people. He does a great job of illustrating real naturism and naturist values. Experienced naturists will recognized many familiar situations in his stories and laugh at the incredulity of textile-naturist conflict.

I've added the current strip to the Bare Oaks news page. It will update automatically each time that Stephen publishes a new one.

Or you can subscribe to it yourself.