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.