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)]

(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.

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

(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 30ÂșC 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:

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.