Sunday, 30 March 2014

Cabins in the Parking Lot

Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park cabins

Many people have asked about the 3 cabins parked in our front lot. Those are our new Cozy Cabin accommodations.  They will eventually join the single cabin that arrived in the fall. (as soon as the snow melts and the ground dries out)

Cozy comfort in the Bare Oaks cabinsThe cabins fill a gap in our overnight options. They are an affordable choice for people who want a ready place to stay – either because they don't own a tent or camper; are coming from far away (e.g. overseas); or just want the convenience of having everything set for them when they arrive.

The cabins are insulated and equipped with double-pane windows. That, combined with the forced-air propane furnace means that they will be comfortable from early spring to late fall.

They sleep up to 6 people. The two double beds each have a single bunk above them. We will provide the linens.

Floor plan of the Bare Oaks Cozy Cabins
Floor Plan (click to enlarge)
There is a small kitchen with an under-counter refrigerator and microwave. A BBQ with side-burner is also included with each unit. We will equip each cabin with all the kitchens basics. (pots, pans, dishes, cutlery, etc...)

What the cabins do not have is water. But since they will be located on sites 240 and 241 near the comfort station in Beckett Circle, it's an easy walk to the washroom, showers, and dishwashing station.

The are many advantages to having these units built as trailers:
  • Built by experienced craftspeople
  • Built under controlled factory conditions (climate control)
  • Computer designed and cut for accuracy
  • Less waste of material
  • Meet stringent CSA standards for safety
  • Cabin manufacturing at General Coach Canada
    Cabin Manufacturing
    (click to enlarge)
  • No building permit required
  • Faster than building them ourselves (6 weeks from order to delivery)
  • Can easily be moved to different locations in the park
  • Comparable cost to building them ourselves
  • No staff time required to plan, source material, build and supervise
The manufacturer is General Coach Canada which was established in Hensall, Ontario in 1950 and is still located there today. They are the oldest RV manufacturer still operating in Canada.

General Coach has had numerous corporate owners during the past 60 years. They included companies such as Divco Wayne, Boise Cascade, Bendix Corporation, Commodore Corporation and for 28 years, Thor Industries. In May 2010 Thor Industries sold all interest in General Coach Canada to Roger Faulkner who previously held the position of President. Roger and his son Chris Faulkner continue the legacy. So the company is now family owned and operated, giving it the personal touch.

Cabin manufacturing at General Coach Canada
Cabin Manufacturing
(click to enlarge)
Today, General Coach Canada is totally focused on their line of park model recreational vehicles, cabins and mobile homes. They are built with the finest materials; not mass-produced but hand crafted by small town Canadian craftsmen who take pride in every unit they build. General Coach boasts the very best warranty in the business along with a parts and service department that genuinely cares.

Bare Oaks is a General Coach dealer so if you are interested in any of their products, we can assist you. They have a broad selection from these simple cabins to elaborate park model trailers that provide as much luxurious comfort as any home. You can view some of them on their website: But not all of their products are listed and anything you see can be endlessly customized. If there is something you want, just let us know.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Beckett Circle Road Closure

It's finally starting to warm up and feel like spring. It's great to see temperatures above freezing and to feel the sun regaining its cheery warmth that's been missing all winter. Environment Canada is predicting sun for the beginning of next week with temperatures of  8-10ÂșC at the beginning of the week. But that also means 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 have to close Beckett Circle to vehicles in order to prevent road damage. Of course, everyone is welcome to walk around everywhere but rubber boots are definitely recommended!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Bare Oaks Players

Empowered by the success of the performances of The Vagina Monologues last summer, the cast has formed the Bare Oaks Players. They are joined by several other members of Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park who share a passion for theater and performance. The troupe is now made up of a variety of people aged 17 to 55 with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. They are working to select new pieces to perform throughout the year.

Their next event will be June 22 at 1pm. It is called Solstice Potluck Poetry.

It's great to see the creation of a theater troupe at the park. The development of cultural and intellectual elements is a sign that we have a thriving naturist community at Bare Oaks.

If you are interested in joining them or just attending future performances, you can follow their new blog:

You can also subscribe to their email list:

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

2014 Trip to France

Water Park at the CHM Montalivet

Based on the success of the 2013 trip to France, we decided to do it again! But by popular request, we are now offering more flexibility. This year you have the option 1 or 2 weeks at the CHM Montalivet and an additional trip to Paris is also an option. Airfare is no longer included to allow for multiple departure points and to give you more flexibility. (e.g. some people want to use frequent flyer points to get there)

The trip is once again being organized by one of our members, Pauline from
The beach on the Atlantic Ocean in the CHM Montalivet near Bordeaux, France.

While the modern naturist movement is generally accepted to have started in Germany, it was France that perfected the large scale naturist resort. The combination of warm southern France, beaches on the ocean, and the French passion for vacationing naturally combined to create massive naturist resorts.

The oldest of these resorts is the Centre Helio Marin Montalivet – best known as the CHM Montalivet. With over 3,000 sites (tent, RV, cabins, and bungalows) and as many as 15,000 people per day, Montalivet is certainly one of the largest naturist resort in France. (you can listen to a podcast about Montalivet) The commercial centre in the middle of the resort has 22 shops and restaurants.

Karen and Stephane enjoying a morning coffee and fresh bread in one of the restaurants at the CHM Montalivet.
After World War 2, the naturist movement around Paris had quickly returned and was growing. Two of its leaders, Christiane et Albert Lecocq, realized that naturists needed a vacation destination. After a bit of searching, they ended up leasing some beachfront on the Atlantic near Bordeaux. Thus, the CHM Montalivet was founded in 1950.

Walking to the beach on the Atlantic Ocean at the CHM Montalivet
Montalivet was not just a place to relax. It was also a place to live a naturist life and develop the philosophy. To this day, discussions and lectures are an integral part of Montalivet. Some of the greatest thinkers in the French naturist movement have been members. In 1953, the French naturist federation (FFN) and the International Naturist Federation (INF) were created at Montalivet.

Now you have a chance to spend a week in the CHM Montalivet and experience European naturism!

    Paris, France
  • June 28 - July 5 (one week) or June 28 - July12 (two weeks) at the CHM Montalivet.
  • Optional 4 days/3 night in Paris, July 12 - 15
  • Optional excursions in both Bordeaux and Paris
  • Affordable! Discounted group pricing on accommodations. All costs included except for your meals which you can cost-effectively prepare yourself in your bungalow while at Montalivet.
  • Maximum of 50 people (capacity of the bus) which is as few as 25 couples and less if they have children. So book soon if you want to be included. First come, first served!
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