Monday, 20 December 2010

Nude Volleyball Update


Winter Nude Volleyball

3rd annual installment of this very popular indoor tournament in London, Ontario
Sunday January 2nd, 2011 – Signup 9 am, play 10 am to 5 pm
Spikes Indoor Beach Volleyball, 120 Weston Street, London (www.spikes.on.ca)

More info at: www.BareOaks.ca/files/NewYears-Tournament-London-2011.pdf


Summer Nude Volleyball

5th Annual Greater Toronto Naturist Volleyball Tournament
June 30th - July 3rd, 2011

By popular demand (and the loss of the Four Seasons and Sunny Glades tournaments) we've added a second tournament: August 26-28, 2011


Nude Volleyball Newsletter

To get updates by email regarding nude volleyball in Ontario, subscribe to the Nude Volleyball Newsletter: http://lists.BareOaks.ca/mailman/listinfo/newsletter


Nude Volleyball Website

The ultimate website for nude volleyball info!
www.NudistVolleyball.com

Friday, 17 December 2010

Four Seasons Going Textile


The Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN) just sent out the following announcement:


The Four Seasons Nudist Resort, in Freelton, Ontario, has announced that they are going textile on May 1, 2011.
In a letter dated December 10th, 2010, Paul Colvin who is the president of the Four Season's owner, Castle Vacations Parks, blamed some of the members for the change. He says "The lack of co-operation of some members in welcoming new managers, staff, guests of the resort and most of all, new prospective members of The Four Seasons Resort has been both disappointing and discouraging. This goes to events as simple and unkind as challenging partially clothed guests in the pool area, making it difficult if not impossible to enrol new members."
The letter explains that clothing will be required starting on May 1st and that this new policy will be "strictly enforced". It is the resort owner's plan to change the zoning to allow for a residential community and a seasonal trailer park.
The tone of the letter suggests that a great deal of animosity has built up between some of the members and the management. A paragraph titled "Security Issues" talks about thousands of dollars of damage to the clubhouse by a resident. It then adds that "even though we know some members were witness to these events or have information that would assist the police, no one has come forward."
On the fall of 2009, Hans and Lisa Steins sold the Four Seasons Nudist Resort to Castle Vacation Parks. It has been for sale since 1999. Over the decade that followed, the FCN received numerous complaints about deteriorating facilities and a lack of standards. The new owners initially planned on continuing to operate the resort as clothing-optional. So the news of the sale was greeted with great anticipation since the purchaser had the financial resources to restore the facilities and expand the resort. Long-time nudists, Tom and Lynda Landers, were hired to run the resort. Tom had a great deal of experience having managed the Caliente Resort near Tampa, Florida. Unfortunately, the Landers resigned in the spring of 2010 for health reasons.
The Four Seasons was founded in 1969 by Hans and Lisa Stein. It gained international attention with the tremendously successful Miss Nude World contests. In 1970, the first year the contest was held, twelve contestants vied for the title. The panel of distinguished judges included the famous Toronto radio and television broadcaster Gordon Sinclair. (making his own fashion statement in a fine kilt)  Media coverage was so extensive that it preempted reports about Prime Minister Trudeau’s attendance at the reopening of the Welland Canal on the same weekend.
The Four Seasons featured the most elaborate resort amenities of any nudist club in Canada with its nightclub, gazebo, 3 bars, restaurant, snack bar, indoor pool and outdoor pool with a waterfall. The clubhouse also contained a gym, motel rooms, a sauna and whirlpool. The resort was particularly famous for its 8 ton platform that was lowered from the ceiling onto the swimming pool to create a dance floor. 

In my opinion, this is just another example of a lack of succession planning on the part of some owners. Glen Echo was sold as a private residence after 54 years. Now the Four Seasons is gone after 50 years. At least in this latest situation, I have to give the Steins credit for selling to someone who would at least try to maintain it as a nudist club. But there are other examples out there of club owners who have done even better. They planned for a transition decades before they were ready to retire. In some cases, they sold to their members. But they didn't try to do it overnight. They carefully planned it out.

I'm surprised that the individuals who started these businesses because they were passionate about nudism/naturism would let their work disappear so easily. I would have expected them to try and find a way to have their legacy continue in perpetuity.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Bare Boutique Online Store

Photo by Bryan Thatcher
 Shop naked!  OK, that's not really a novelty since you can shop naked at Bare Oaks anytime. But it has become a cliché to say that any activity you do on the internet can be done naked. So we're joining the fun with the online version of the Bare Boutique. Shopping naked in the real store is much more pleasant but for those who live far away, this is a good alternative.


The fact is that there hasn't been a Canadian retail option for naturist/nudist merchandise since the demise of The Nudist Store. So for those who live too far away from Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park to come and purchase items in person, we created this online store with a limited selection of items from the Bare Boutique. Obviously, many of the items at the Bare Boutique are convenience items (e.g. drinks, ice cream, charcoal, etc...) that have no place in this e-commerce shop. The products in the online catalogue were selected because they might be of interest to naturists and nudists everywhere.

The Bare Boutique is intended to be a resource for reference material about naturism. All of the books, magazines, and videos have been carefully selected to be consistent with the naturist philosophy. There are some popular items for sale on the internet that we intentionally do not carry despite the fact that they claim to be naturist or nudist. While those items might generate significant revenue, they are more likely to appeal to those with a prurient interest in exploiting naturism and are rarely purchased by naturists. You will not find those types of items in the Bare Boutique. But the absence of an item does not mean it should not be in the store. If you know of a product that you think is consistent with the naturist creed, please contact us and let us know about it.

The Bare Boutique also carries some branded Bare Oaks merchandise and items that are particularly well suited to the needs of naturists. (such as a towel with a pocket for your keys and money) You will find these products in this online shop too.

New products will be added regularly so keep checking!  www.BareBoutique.ca

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Water shutdown


Unfortunately, the cold weather is coming fast which means that we need to shut down the seasonal water supply. That's everyone in Beckett Circle and a few connections in Helios Circle.

The shutdown is scheduled for Monday October 25th.

But this year, we will keep the water on in the washrooms and indoor showers in Beckett Circle. We'll keep them open as long as we can; hopefully well into November.

If you have a trailer at Bare Oaks, we strongly recommend that you get it winterized. Failure to do so could result in damages that would be expensive to repair. If you would like a recommendation on who can provide you with this service, please contact the office.

Of course, Bare Oaks and the clubhouse is open all year and you are most welcome to continue using the property and your trailer throughout the winter.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Warning: penis


Over many years of studying our society's view of nudity, I've come to understand that there is a clear hierarchy in what people consider nudity. A recent article (discussed below) has definitely confirmed the rather odd and irrational categorization of nudity offense. Generally speaking, in North America, it goes something like this:

Buttocks (mild nudity)
Grudgingly acceptable in most cases. It is widely seen in media and advertising with little public backlash. G-strings and thongs which show most, if not all, of the buttocks are legal on beaches almost everywhere in North America. One exception: In 2008, the ABC network was fined $1.4 million by the FCC for airing a 2003 episode of "NYPD Blue" that showed actor Charlotte Ross' nude buttocks. But that fine has been appealed to the courts.

Breasts (moderate nudity)
A bit worse but genrally acceptable in a public setting when in art or when displayed for a paying customer. Also legally acceptable in some jurisdictions (but generally not socially acceptable) under equality concepts. Of course, we're talking about women's breasts because men's breasts are not generally considered nudity despite the fact that they are mostly constructed the same way. And then we're specifically talking about nipples and areolas because the rest of the breast can be freely exposed in all types of fashion without any repercussions. I guess it is difficult to define where the breast starts and stops so society has agreed that we should only be offended when we see a woman's nipple or areola. For a more in depth discussion of breasts, see the November 2008 blog post titled Nipples on TV.

A woman's groin (strong nudity)
It seems to be generally agreed in our society that this is a very upsetting area of the female body even though, in most positions, there is almost nothing to see other than hair. And even in those other positions, a fair bit of effort is required to show more than just flaps of skin.

A man's penis (extreme nudity)
The male genitals are definitely considered to be the most offensive body part in all of humanity. It is rarely seen in either art or media presumably for fear of causing mass hysteria. I assume (although I have yet to be presented with any evidence) that people are generally concerned about the immense irreparable harm that is caused by merely seeing a penis. That well-known, but rarely explained or rationalized, concern has resulted in the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) creating a special warning of "male nudity" when rating movies. As reported in Spangle Magazine, three films in 2010,  Jackass 3D, Eat Pray Love, and Grown Ups, have earned this new designation.

MPAA spokesman Craig Hoffman told Spangle that “Parents requested specifically after the movie Brüno that we provide such information.” So apparently some parents might be agreeable with their children seeing buttocks, breasts and women's groins but not penises – thus requiring the special warning. I wonder what those parents tell their boys to do when they take showers. Or maybe they are only concerned about girls seeing penises. Perhaps it goes back to Freud's theory that when girls see penises they might feel they are missing something and develop penis envy. But then those same parents should worry about their boys seeing women's groins since, according to Freud, that might lead to castration anxiety.

How much more ridiculous can we get about our own bodies? How did it come to be that we are so embarrassed, ashamed and offended by our own image? I've said it many times before and I keep getting more and more confirmation: our society suffers from a phobia (Oxford: an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something) about our own bodies.

Recommended reading: Brian Patrick Thornton's clever analysis of this new rating category in Spangle Magazine.

Photo by Aurelien Model

Friday, 1 October 2010

Members' meeting



When: Saturday October 16, 2010, 11 am – 1 pm
Location: New Forest Room (downstairs in the clubhouse)

It's time again for the annual 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.

As our membership grows, this meeting is getting very popular and, unfortunately, we ran out of space last year. So please come early if you want to make sure you get a place to sit. We would like to have a bigger space. But unless we hold it outside (brrrr...) or rent an off-site auditorium, this is the best we can do for now. We apologize in advance to anyone who can't make it into the meeting due to lack of space.

After the meeting, why not attend the Newmarket Nature Bares swim: 6:30 pm at the Aquacenter Pool in Newmarket. See: nnbares.fcn.ca/schedule.shtml


Photo by liam de burca

Monday, 27 September 2010

The right to be nude


The Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN) has sent out an interesting item about a trial that starts today and is challenging section 174 of the criminal code (nude in public) which is not to be confused with section 173 which makes it illegal to commit an indecent act.

Read the FCN announcement at:
http://lists.fcn.ca/pipermail/public/2010-September/000116.html

Thursday, 9 September 2010

New website


We have launched a completely new website. While it may not appear that different, it was completely rebuilt using the Joomla content management system. Initially, we have maintained most of the look and feel of the website in order to have a consistent message. But this new system will allow us to provide far more functionality and flexibility in our website design. Already, you can find enhanced navigation in the menu, an RSS feed for the used trailer sales, and a greatly improved events calendar display.

Take a look and let us know what you think.



Monday, 23 August 2010

Hamilton Spectator Article


The Hamilton Spectator featured a couple of articles on naturism this weekend.



While the article featured the Ponderosa Nature Resort (which is near Hamilton) it does feature a quote from a Karen at Bare Oaks.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

A rare opportunity!


A trailer in Helios Circle has just been listed for sale. Not only is it one of only two trailers for sale at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park (there are no year-round sites left) this one is serviced with year-round water, sewer & 100 amp electrical services!

For those looking for a more affordable option, there is also a 2007 27ft Starcraft Aruba Travel Trailer for sale.

For more details, go to: http://www.bareoaks.ca/Bare-Oaks/Used_Trailers.html

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Toronto Star: Naked in public


In today's Toronto Star, Ryan Bigge reviews A Brief History of Nakedness by Philip Carr-Gomm and concludes that "being naked in public has a number of spiritual, cultural and political implications." This is certainly in line with the naturist view that being nude is much more than just taking your clothes off.

Toronto Star
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Insight section, page IN2

Also online at: http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/845050--a-picture-and-1-000-words-naked-in-public?bn=1

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Bare Bistro: Year-round operation


The Bare Bistro has been doing very well this year. Liz has done a fantastic job. The service has been great and the food has been very tasty. We even got a positive review in the Globe & Mail.

"the eggs were done perfectly"
Ian Brown, The Globe & Mail

The extended hours have also been well received. Nikki has done a great job of providing drinks and meals during weekdays.

So with that in mind, I approached Liz to find out whether she wanted to extended her contract beyond this summer season. The Bare Bistro is run as an independent business. For Liz, this was her first foray into entrepreneurship. She found it challenging and tiring at times. But she also found it rewarding. She enjoys food and making people happy. And while she didn't make very much profit, she does see some future potential.

So I am happy to announce that Liz has agreed to continue operating the Bare Bistro on a permanent, indefinite basis. She will continue the operations during the winter; albeit with very limited hours. That will likely mean only weekends. But please check the posted hours on the website, www.BareBistro.ca, before coming up for a meal.

The restaurant is an important part of the amenities of the club. When people come up for the day, they want to be able to buy a meal or a snack. Most of us lead busy lives and don't have time to plan ahead and bring a picnic lunch.

But it is also a fundamental part of the experience. Having a pleasant place to sit and share a coffee, a glass of wine, a beer or a meal with others has been at the core of our culture for thousands of years. Socializing with family and good friends over food and drink is one of the most pleasant things we do. So clearly having the Bare Bistro makes Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park a better place.

So please support Liz and the Bare Bistro by letting her know when something could be done better and by encouraging her when things are done well.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Skinny-Dipping Results


Thank you everyone who came out and participated in Saturday's Skinny Dip.  Here at Bare Oaks, we had 177 people -- beating our personal record from last year of 95 people.  The weather was fantastic and at three pm the word to go was given.  Everyone (including many first time visitors!) headed into the lake, cheering and several swam out to the dock, sinking it to about two feet below the water.  It was fantastic to see so many new faces here on the park.

If anyone wants a print of the 'official' photo, you can order them from the office. They cost $1 for a 4x6 or $5 for an 8x10. (plus HST of course) If you want it shipped to you (instead of picking it up) there will be an additional $5 shipping charge. Orders must be in and paid for by July 19th.

It'll be a couple more weeks before we'll know from AANR whether or not we beat last year's Guinness World Record™ of 13,648 people simultaneously skinny-dipping across North America.

A Channel from Barrie came and did a great cover of the skinny dip.  See above or, if that doesn't play, just click here.

Once again, thanks to everyone who turned out.  Hope to see you again soon!

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Current media


In today's Globe & Mail, Ian Brown talks about having a "Naked lunch – and naked breakfast" at the Bare Bistro at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. You can read the article online by clicking here.

Nobody at Bare Oaks had any idea that a Globe & Mail reporter had been there. He simply checked into one of the rooms like everyone else and didn't tell anybody why he was there. Which is fine, of course, since we treat all our guest with equal respect. It's just more useful for reporters to identify themselves if they want to spend some time discussing the philosophy of naturism with someone or get facts about Bare Oaks.

Ian Brown's commentary on his experience and his reactions are quite funny. And in between all the comments are all the right messages. He says being nude is a philosophy at Bare Oaks. He includes people of all ages, including children, when describing the members and visitors at the park. He accurately communicates the non-sexual tone of the park and marvels at the incredible casualness and comfort that regular members manifest while nude. He describes intelligent conversation between knowledgeable people. He compliments our staff (specifically names Nikki) and describes a pleasant environment at Bare Oaks. And most importantly, he gives Liz a great compliment when he says that the eggs were done perfectly." (I never expected to have the Bare Bistro reviewed in a newspaper!)

Mr. Brown also spends a lot of time describing his discomfort. Some people might think he's making fun of naturists. But I think that he is much more clever than that. The way I see it, he's poking fun at our society's phobia towards the human body.  Insightful people will recognize that the discomfort described in the article is symptomatic of a people that have a dysfunctional view of their anatomy.

Other media:

There was an article in the Toronto Sun and Canoe about today's Skinny-Dipping record attempt and A Channel in Barrie has told us they would attend the Bare Oaks event. The FCN and FQN sent out a press release about all the locations across Canada where people can participate in AANR's Skinny-Dipping record attempt. So there may be even more media coverage that we haven't heard about yet.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Skinny-dipping for a world record July 10th


Last year, 95 members and visitors at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park contributed to the 13,674 people who simultaneously skinny-dipped in 140 locations across North America for a Guinness World Record. See the video of last year's event at Bare Oaks: http://www.youtube.com/BareOaks


We're doing it again! Along with many other clubs throughout Canada and the USA, at 3pm Eastern Daylight Time, we will be trying to break last years’ record. Day visitors participating in the skinny dip will be given a 50% discount on grounds fees.

Never tried naturism out? This will be a great day to give it a go! With the 50% discount you save money and it will be a lot of fun, a great way to meet people and you get to be part of the record!

In order to be able to be counted in the record, we will be taking a video and a photo of the skinny dip. Both will be taken from a distance and nobody should be recognizable. (like the link to the video on YouTube or the picture attached to this blog entry) But if this is something that you would not be comfortable with, perhaps just come to cheer folks on. The special day fee does only applies if you are getting in the water.

If you wish to participate please arrive at the very least ONE HOUR before the skinny dip, so 2 p.m. This way we will have time to get you in and set up before sending you off to the lake. But don’t wait until then to show up! We encourage you to come sooner and make the most of the day.

Hope to see you here at the park!

Friday, 2 July 2010

Nude Bus to Hanlan's Point Beach – July 14



The following message was sent today by the Federation of Canadian Naturists:



Naturist Festival
3rd Annual Nude Bus
to Hanlan's Point
Wednesday July 14th  is the Naturist Festival trip to Hanlan's Point nude beach in Toronto. It's time again for the 3rd annual Nude Bus ride to the beach.
Yes, you can be nude on the bus! In fact, we're encouraging it. If you want, you can spend the entire day with only a towel. (to sit on and for those brief periods when you need to cover up)
The bus will leave Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park, drive on to the ferry and then drive right to the beach! 

Schedule
(Wednesday July 14)
9:30 am boarding at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park
10:00 am departure
    5:30 pm - Leave Hanlan's Point. Arrival at Bare Oaks will depend on traffic and the space on the ferry. It may be as last as 8 pm.

      Cost & Reservation
      Cost: $8 (plus $6.50 for the ferry) per person (roundtrip, no discount for one-way)
      Reservations are highly recommended!  Maximum capacity is 40 people and every year we have sold out well ahead of the festival. We cannot have more than one bus because of the size of the ferry. 

      To reserve, call the Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park office at: (905) 473-6060
      There is very limited space for luggage. Please let us know if you are planning on bringing any luggage.

      Wednesday, 23 June 2010

      Earthquake

      Yes, the earth did move for you...


      Earthquake info:

      time: 1:41 pm at epicentre (around 1:44 pm in Newmarket)

      magnitude: 5.5 (moderate)

      location: 53 km northeast of Ottawa

      depth: 15.7 km

      More info:
      http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010xwa7.php#details

      Monday, 14 June 2010

      Want to be in pictures?



      A film production company looking for extras to appear in a shower scene. It is for a feature film, directed by Sarah Polley, that is being filmed in Toronto.

      They are looking for WOMEN to be background extras in a locker room scene where some of the cast are talking after a workout. The main character in the scene will either be showering or changing after a work out. There are other female cast members that will also be nude in this scene. There is no sexual contact of any kind.

      People interested in the job must be comfortable with full nudity. They want WOMEN of all body shapes and all ages but are focusing on women above 55.

      They are filming in Toronto but the exact location is TBD. The pay is $630.50 total for the first 8 hours and then $79.25 for each additional hour after that.

      It will be filmed around the end of July, beginning of August. The commitment would be one day, a weekday, although at this point they don't know the exact date that the scene is scheduled to shoot. A typical shoot day is anywhere from 8 - 14 hours so you would need to have that day completely free.

      If you are interested in more details please contact: extrascastingtoronto@gmail.com

      More info about Sarah Polley at:
      http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001631/

      Sunday, 13 June 2010

      World Naked Bike Ride 2010


      Well over 100 people participated in the 7th World Naked Bike Ride in Toronto yesterday. The weather was grey and cool but none of that kept participants from stripping and riding. Thankfully, the rain held off until the last five minutes of the ride. The group included a significant contingent from Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park.

      Photos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bareoaks/sets/72157624136625147/

      Media:

      Digital Journal (photos and video included)


      Toronto Sun

      Youtube




      About the World Naked Bike Ride:

      Toronto Wiki
      Toronto Yahoo Group
      World Naked Bike Ride main website

      Thursday, 10 June 2010

      Three New Videos







      The videos are available on:
      YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/BareOaks
      Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/BareOaks
      Daily Motion: http://www.dailymotion.com/BareOaks

      Monday, 7 June 2010

      Growers Cider Nude Ads now in Ontario


      Last fall, a blog post told the story of the Growers Cider ads that were done at Bare Oaks. [click here to read] At the time the ads were on billboards and transit shelters in British Columbia and Alberta. Later, the campaign was extended to a website.

      This year, the campaign has come to Ontario. (as you can see above) In this image, all of the people featured are regulars at Bare Oaks. We'll let you figure out who they are.

      Some of my friends and neighbours who recognized me as they drove by the billboard thought it was part of a promotional campaign for Bare Oaks. (they obviously didn't get a chance to read the tagline) I really wish Bare Oaks had that kind of promotional budget!!

      Thursday, 3 June 2010

      The Naked Gardens


      For those of you would like to have a garden plot at Bare Oaks, we announce the opening of “The Naked Gardens”. There's no better way to feel at one with nature than to tend your garden and then harvest the fruits of your labour. It's also a wonderful learning experience for children.

      We are doing Square Foot Gardening. It's a more environmentally friendly way to garden where you get the same production but in only 20% of the space. It is easy plus it saves water, resources, time and effort. Visit www.squarefootgardening.com for more details

      The 4'x4' raised beds are now available for planting.  There is a cost of $35.00 per bed for the soil mixture.  Bare Oaks is providing the frames and space.  The beds are available on a first come, first served basis.  To reserve your garden plot, contact the Bare Oaks office or send an email to: NakedGardens@BareOaks.ca.

      Participation in The Naked Gardens is easy. There are just a few things to keep in mind:

      1. This is an organic garden.  No pesticides or herbicides may be used.
      2. Only the Square Foot Gardening method is permitted.  
      3. Each gardener is responsible for their plot(s).  Any naked gardener who does not maintain their plot(s) will forfeit the use of the plot(s) and any access to the produce.
      4. If this is your first time trying Square Foot Gardening, please limit yourself to 3 plots.

      Monday, 31 May 2010

      The Vitamin D Solution


      Being nude is the best way (and the most natural way) to maximize vitamin D production. The more skin we expose to the sun the more vitamin D is synthesized. According to Dr. Michael Holick, when we make vitamin D in the skin, it last 2-3 time longer in the body than supplements & dietary sources. 

      So we are now carrying Dr. Holick's new book, The Vitamin D Solution, in the Bare Boutique at Bare Oaks.  There has been an enormous amount of information in recent years about the importance of the "sunshine vitamin" on our health. Research studies have suggested that it helps us fight illnesses like cancer, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, influenza, psoriasis, Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (P.M.S.), sleep disorders, autoimmune diseases and more. Yet, based to Dr. Holick's research, the majority of us are vitamin D deficient.

      Dr. Holick spent more than three decades studying the relationship between vitamin D, limited sun exposure, and human well-being. In this book, he shares his findings on how combining the natural curative properties of the sun along with small lifestyle changes can help everyone to live a substantially healthier life. 

      The book is available for sale at the Bare Boutique which is located in the office at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park.

      You can also listen to Episode 18 of the Naturist Living Show to hear Dr. Holick speak about the book. [Click here to listen]

      In June of 2008, I also did a blog entry reviewing some of the recent research. [Click here to read it]

      Saturday, 29 May 2010

      Having a Drink at Bare Oaks


      We're very pleased to announce that, for the first time, the Bare Bistro is now fully licensed. (in previous years, liquor was sold under special occasions permits)

      Also, a reminder that the Bare Bistro is now open 7 days per week. (see the Bare Bistro website for hours of operation)

      There has been much speculation about what it means to have a licensed establishment within Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park.  In fact, nothing has changed legally, as a result of the liquor license other than you are now able to purchase wine, beer and other drinks at the Bare Bistro.

      What we did learn is that we had been misinformed about the law with regards to liquor and alcohol consumption at the park. The possession and consumption of alcohol at Bare Oaks is regulated by Ontario law.  The law is the same whether we have a liquor license or not.

      People who live in different jurisdictions may find these laws and regulations very restrictive. Indeed, one can still see the influence of temperance attitudes in the rules. Ontario liquor laws seem to betray a belief that alcohol is an unavoidable evil temptation that even normally responsible adults are incapable of controlling. But regardless of our opinion, these laws apply at Bare Oaks just like they do in the rest of the Province of Ontario. So until things change, here are a few things to keep in mind:

      • Beer, wine and other alcoholic drinks can be purchased at the Bare Bistro. By law, only drinks purchased at the Bare Bistro can be consumed in the licensed area. Additionally, drinks served at the Bare Bistro cannot be taken outside of the licensed area.
      • Except for the Bare Bistro licensed area, people can only be in the possession of alcohol or consume alcohol in a private place or residence. (alcohol in a closed container is not considered possession)
      •  This rule applies everywhere in Ontario whether or not there is a licensed premise on the property. It does apply to private property that is not a residence or a private place.
      • A residence includes your tent, trailer or RV along with the land next to it that is used as part of your campsite.
      • A private place is defined by law as “an indoor place to which the public is not ordinarily invited or permitted.”
      • Each individual is personally responsible for obeying the law. We have no plan to inspect coolers or examine the content of mugs & cups. But if a person is obviously violating the law while at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park, we must intervene or we become complicit in the act.



      Unlawful possession or consumption [Liquor Licence Act R.S.O. 1990, c. L.19, s. 31 (1-5)]

      Definition
      (1)     In this section, “residence” means a place that is actually occupied and used as a dwelling, whether or not in common with other persons, including all premises used in conjunction with the place to which the general public is not invited or permitted access, and, if the place occupied and used as a dwelling is a tent, includes the land immediately adjacent to and used in conjunction with the tent.

      Unlawful possession or consumption
      (2)     No person shall have or consume liquor in any place other than,
      (a)  a residence;
      (b)  premises in respect of which a licence or permit is issued; or
      (c)  a private place as defined in the regulations.

      Exception
      (3)     Subsection (2) does not apply to the possession of liquor that is in a closed container.

      Intoxication
      (4)     No person shall be in an intoxicated condition,
      (a)    in a place to which the general public is invited or permitted access; or
      (b)    in any part of a residence that is used in common by persons occupying more than one dwelling in the residence.

      Arrest without warrant
      (5)     A police officer may arrest without warrant any person whom he or she finds contravening subsection (4) if, in the opinion of the police officer, to do so is necessary for the safety of any person.

      Private Place [Liquor Licence Act R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 718] 

      3.      (1)       For the purposes of clauses 30 (13) (a) and 31 (2) (c) of the Act, “private place” means a place, vehicle or boat described in this section.
      (2)     An indoor place to which the public is not ordinarily invited or permitted is considered to be a private place except at the times when the public is invited or permitted access to it.
      (3)     Despite subsection (2), an indoor place that is available for rental by members of the public for occasional use is not a private place.
      (4)     A motor vehicle equipped with sleeping accommodation and cooking facilities is considered to be a private place while it is parked and being used as a residence.
      (5)     Despite subsection (4), a motor vehicle is not considered to be a private place while it is on a highway or a King’s Highway within the meaning of the Highway Traffic Act. 


      Photo by Slack12


      Friday, 21 May 2010

      Restaurant changes


      We are very happy to announce that Liz Savel will be operating the Bare Bistro this summer.  Many of you will know Liz from the wonderful volunteer dinners and breakfasts during the winter season. Liz enjoyed volunteering so much that she decided to try it as a business this year. We have had a hard time finding the right person to operate the restaurant at Bare Oaks. (we've had 4 people in 3 years) But we think that Liz has the right combination of customer service skills, cooking talent and business ability.

      And for the first time, the Bare Bistro will be open 7 days a week starting this weekend and until Labour Day. Nikki (pictured above and who many of you will remember from the office in the last 2 years) will be operating the restaurant from Monday to Friday.

      For hours and menu, visit:

      It's looking like it's going to be a fantastic Victoria Day long weekend. We exceeded 30ºC yesterday! I'm sure we've already had more sunny warm days this year than for all of last summer.


      Wednesday, 19 May 2010

      Going Postal at Bare Oaks

      For the past few years, we have provided an informal service for members who wish to receive mail at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. It has worked relatively well but there are some problems. First, several people have expressed concerns that our current mail handling system lacks privacy. It is certainly true that anyone can see what mail you are receiving. Secondly, the present system provides minimal security provisions. Anyone could take your mail without your knowledge. Finally, the volume of mail we have been dealing with has been growing steadily. We therefore require a more secure, formal and cost-effective mail handling process.

      So effective immediately, we are making mailboxes available for any member who wishes to receive mail at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. The cost is $50 + tax per year. Alternatively, you can get your mail delivered to your residential address or get a mailbox from Canada Post. The closest post offices are located in Mount AlbertSharon, and Queensville. There are also commercial mailbox providers such as the UPS Store at the corner of Leslie Street and Davis Drive in Newmarket.

      In order to make sure everyone has enough time to make a decision, we will continue to sort and deliver mail, for those without a mailbox, using the existing process until July 1st, 2010. That should provide enough time for everyone to either decide to rent a mailbox from us or change their mailing address and redirect their mail. Effective July 1st, any mail received for someone without a mailbox will be stamped "undeliverable" and returned to Canada Post.

      To get your mailbox at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park, please come to the office during our normal operating hours.

      NOTE: There are only 30 mailboxes. We have no plans to expand this service so mailboxes will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis until they run out.

      Monday, 17 May 2010

      Naturism's popularity

      Photo by: Modulor


      In Winnipeg, Ray and Sue Ryynanen, who are the owners of the land where the Crocus Grove Sun Club resides, decided to turn it into a textile campground and rename the property as Sandhill Pines. The media naturally jumped to the conclusion (with the recent stories about the closing of Glen Echo) that naturism in Canada was on the decline. This resulted in some press coverage for Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park because we are an exception to that conclusion. The Crocus Grove Sun Club is also disagreeing with that inference. They are actively looking for a new property.

      The Canadian Press did a story that was picked up by a number of newspapers and radio stations. For example, it was picked up by CTV,  the Winnipeg Free Press, and the Winnipeg Sun.

      I've said it before and I'll say it again: naturism is clearly not shrinking. Bare Oaks is now getting close to 500 members. That's almost 4 times the membership from 3 years ago!  

      And there's a lot more room for growth. A 1999 survey commissioned by the Federation of Canadian Naturists determined that 8.9% of Canadians were interested in naturism. The Ontario Government estimates that the 2010 population of the GTA – Greater Toronto Area (Toronto, Durham, Halton, Peel, & York) is 6,197,190. We could also easily add Simcoe & Kawartha Lakes in our market area. In fact, we have members who live even further away than that. But for the sake of our calculation, let's limit ourselves to the GTA definition. At 8.9%, we therefore conclude that 551,550 people in the GTA are interested in naturism. Even if we assume a huge margin of error in the survey (which is unlikely) and the number is actually 100,000, we still have more than enough business to overwhelm Bare Oaks. Clearly we need more naturist clubs not less.

      Interestingly, a very recent poll in Australia also showed that interest in naturism is growing.

      So why are clubs closing? I see many reasons. There are clubs that haven't changed their services and amenities since the 1970s. Sometimes clubs have been so poorly run as businesses that nobody wants to take them over when the owners want to retire. In some cases, members and visitors have put up with such a lack of amenities and such poor service that they have given up. I have also seen clubs that have lost the passion for naturism which has, in turn, made their existence irrelevant. And far too often, naturist clubs have done a deplorable job of marketing themselves.

      Saturday, 15 May 2010

      World Naked Bike Ride 2010


      In 2009, several people from Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park participated in the Toronto portion of the World Naked Bike Ride.

      Join us on June 12th for the 2010 ride! Click here for details.

      According to the WNBR website:
      It's time to put a stop to the indecent exposure of people and the planet to cars and the pollution they create. We face automobile traffic with our naked bodies as the best way of defending our dignity and exposing the vulnerability faced by cyclists and pedestrians on our streets as well as the negative consequences we all face due to dependence on oil, and other forms of non-renewable energy.

      If you don't live in the Toronto area, find a ride near you at: wiki.worldnakedbikeride.org

      Sunday, 2 May 2010

      Bare Oaks on Canwest News


      An article by Allison Cross of the Canwest News Service talks extensively about Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. The story is showing up on a number of Canwest newspaper websites. It's is difficult to know how many of the newspapers have the story on their printed edition. Of course, it is great publicity either way in this age of electronic communications!

      Here are some of the links: Calgary HeraldEdmonton JournalVancouver Sun,  Montreal GazetteOttawa CitizenCanada.comWindsor Star

      The story has also been picked up by a number of blogs and news aggregators such as WBIR an NBC TV affiliate in Knoxville, Tennessee and Internaturally. Expect more to pick this up in the next couple of days.

      Friday, 23 April 2010

      Save 8% on memberships & campsites


      Photo by Coffeego

      Thinking of taking out a new membership?

      Planning a stay at Bare Oaks this summer?

      If you book before April 30th, you will save 8% !!

      That's because the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has informed us that, starting May 1st, membership fees and camping fees are subject to the HST of 13%. (up to now, only 5% GST was applied) But we don't have to charge the HST until May 1st even if the service will be delivered after July 1st. [Click here for all the gory details]

      So pay by April 30th and SAVE 8% !!!!




      Thursday, 22 April 2010

      The Hot Tub is OPEN !!


      YES!  It's finally done!!!!!!!!!

      We finally managed to get the the approvals we needed.

      So come by, relax and enjoy!!

      We appreciate the patience that everyone showed through the last few months. This project was only supposed to take two months but we ran into an unbelievable number of problems. In fact, the stray voltage was typical of the huge number of frustrating and unpredictable issues we encountered. But it is finally done!!

      While Hydro One is still feeding us stray voltage down our neutral feed, we managed to ground it away in the hot tub area. So the stray voltage problem is not actually gone but the danger has been removed from the hot tub area. This latest solution was relatively inexpensive but diagnosing it has cost well over $10,000. And that doesn't count all the labour time put in by Bare Oaks staff.

      Hydro One confirmed that the problem was coming from their feed. They even attempted to remediate the issue using a Variable Threshold Neutral Isolator. (you can see it by the transformer near the gate) But when that didn't work, they presented us with a regulation that said they weren't responsible if the voltage was below 10 volts. Unfortunately, the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), which must approve all electrical work, didn't agree and would not approve our system as long as there was any voltage present. That left us in a very difficult situation.

      But a relatively simple (and slightly unorthodox) solution was recommended which worked. And ESA, after consulting the code book, approved the installation. So we are now done!

      Thursday, 1 April 2010

      We're open tomorrow (Friday)


      Contrary to what our website says, we will be open tomorrow. (limited hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) We normally close for statutory holidays during the off-season.  And normally, Good Friday is cold and there's often still snow on the ground. But that's certainly not the case this year!!  This picture was taken yesterday. While the weather is hot, that water is still really cold! But they went all the way in!!

      Friday, April 2nd (Good Friday)
      Office/Store Hours:  10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

      We are open normal hours on Saturday and Sunday.

      (But facilities are always open for members)

      Friday, 26 March 2010

      Volunteer Day!

      Volunteer Day!
      Saturday May 1, 2010
      10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

      Everyone is welcome! Lunch will be provided, free of charge, for all volunteers.

      Non-members who volunteer will not be charged any day fees. (please register at the office)

      We really appreciate the multitude of people willing to give up their time to make Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park a better place. 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. There will be projects suitable for all abilities and levels of ambition.

      Click below to add this event to your Google calendar.

      Tuesday, 23 March 2010

      Earth Hour - This Saturday


      Saturday March 27
      8:30 – 9:30 p.m.


      At Bare Oaks, we will turn off as many lights and other electrical devices as we can for Earth Hour.

      Hundreds of millions of people around the world will turn off their lights for an hour to demand action on climate change. But that's just the beginning. Every hour, Canadians are taking small steps to lessen their impact on the environment. From hanging your clothes to dry to taking transit to work, those small steps add up to huge changes for the better.

      If you are at Bare Oaks, please help us by turning off as many things as possible.

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




      Friday, 19 March 2010

      Update: roads, hot tub & water

      The road to Beckett Circle is open
      Things have dried up nicely this week so we have opened the roads. Please drive carefully. There are still soft spots. And the roads may have to be closed again if we get a bunch of rain.

      Hot Tub
      It is still running well and still hot with nobody using it. A Hydro One supervisor was here today. They are working on the stray voltage problem but everyone is stumped. We hope to have a Hydro One truck at the park on Monday to check voltages at the pole. In the meantime we all wait...  Feel free to ask for a tour if you want to see a beautiful working hot tub that you can't touch.  ...sigh...

      Water
      I was asked if we are going to turn on the water in Beckett Circle. I think we're getting fooled by the unseasonable weather. Right now, the average high is 3˚C and the average low is -8˚C. So the water is still going to have to wait a while!

      Tuesday, 9 March 2010

      Used trailers are moving fast

      A few weeks ago, 3 used trailers were added to the Used Trailers for Sale page which meant that there were 4 for sale. Now there are only 2 left. 


      So if you are interested in a used trailer, go to www.BareOaks.ca/Bare-Oaks/Used_Trailers.html for details. Currently, there is one small trailer without a site that has been very well maintained. There is also a larger trailer on a premium wooded lot.


      So if you are interested in a trailer or a site at Bare Oaks, don't wait until the summer. There may not be any left.

      Friday, 5 March 2010

      It's getting hot out there!


      Not bad for March 5th!  Can't wait until the weekend. It's getting even hotter!!

      Thursday, 4 March 2010

      Road closure


      It's starting to feel like spring. The sunlight is beginning to regain that cheery warmth that's been missing all winter. Environment Canada is predicting Sun for this weekend with temperatures of  10ºC on Saturday and 12ºC on Sunday. But with all that warmth and sun, we're getting our yearly muddy road mess. So until the ground thaws and absorbs all that water or things dry up a bit, we are forced to close Beckett Circle to vehicles in order to prevent damage. Of course, everyone is welcome to walk around everywhere but rubber boots are definitely recommended!

      Saturday, 27 February 2010

      A visit to the Ontario Legislature


      On February 24th, I participated in a lobby day at the Ontario Legislature as part of a delegation from Camping in Ontario. We had arranged to meet a with several MPPs (Members of the Provincial Parliament) to make them aware of issues that impact campgrounds. My colleagues frequently used the naturist aspect of Bare Oaks as a conversation starter when we met with an MPP.

      In the afternoon, some of us had some spare time between appointments so we decided to observe the legislature in action from the visitors' gallery. While we were there, the following exchange occurred:



      Mr. John O'Toole (Durham): Mr. Speaker, with your indulgence, I'd also like to recognize guests in the gallery from the RV industry, as well as Camping in Ontario. One of the camp operators advises me that he operates a campground that has a dress code. I thought that was interesting information. 

      (By the many smiles in the assembly, it was clear that most people, including the Speaker of the House, were clearly aware what he meant by 'dress code'. Bare Oaks had obviously been a topic of conversation that day.)

      I have a petition, as well... (He proceeds to present the petition. That text is not shown here.)




      The Speaker (Hon. Steve Peters): I thank the honourable member for the petition and I trust that he's a regular visitor to that camp he spoke of.








      Mrs. Joyce Savoline (Burlington): What goes to camp stays at camp.








      The Speaker (Hon. Steve Peters): The member from Sarnia-Lambton.








      Mr. Robert Bailey(Sarnia--Lambton): I'm not going to touch that. Anyway, Mr. Speaker, with your indulgence, a petition to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario...

      (and then the business of the legislature continued normally)





      While the exchange does not necessarily reflect the true character of naturism, I think it bodes well that everyone was comfortable discussing it that day. Nobody showed any disdain at the idea. And the fact that it was even referenced in the legislature (albeit in a euphemistic manner) demonstrates that we have progressed far with acceptance and understanding.

      People in the textile-obsessed world are generally uncomfortable with nudity. As discussed in the December episode of the Naturist Living Show, this discomfort fits incredibly well in the definition of a phobia. When people are uncomfortable with something, the often deal with it using humour. We should never take offense at that. The fact that they are able to discuss it demonstrates acceptance. Humour is just a tool that is used to cope with gymnophobia.






      Text from the Hansard Transcript of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Wednesday 24 February 2010
      http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/house-proceedings/house_detail.do?locale=en&Date=2010-02-24&Parl=39&Sess=1&detailPage=/house-proceedings/transcripts/files_html/24-FEB-2010_L207.htm


      Photo of the Ontario Legislature Building by jimmywayne