Tuesday, 17 June 2014

14% of Canadians are willing to join us

The results of the 2014 survey on Canadians’ experience and attitudes toward nudity and naturism are now available.

Identifying the size of the naturist movement has always been challenging. While it is easy to count visitors/members of Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park and other clubs, that represents only a small portion of participants. That question was first answered through a 1999 survey. But are the results still relevant a decade and a half later?

We wanted to update the data, determine trends, and reaffirm the original conclusions so Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park coordinated the efforts of the Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN) and the Fédération Québécoise de naturisme (FQN). A new survey was commissioned using an Ipsos panel to ask a similar but more in depth set of questions. The survey was designed, implemented and interpreted by Mark Wilkins Communications.

The results show that interest in naturism is up from 1999. Here are some of the conclusions:
  • Just over 2-in-3 Canadians (69%) claim to have engaged in at least 1 of 6 naturist behaviours tested. The exact same proportion claim to be open to doing so in future. Experience and openness are notably stronger amongst males, and, regionally, Albertans compared to Canadians living elsewhere.
  • At roughly 6-in-10 overall, experience with sleeping in the nude and openness to doing so in future outstrips experience with and openness to other behaviours to a significant degree.
  • This is followed at close to 1-in-2 by experience with / openness to walking around one’s home in the nude.
  • At roughly 1-in-5, a third tier of experience and openness is represented by swimming in the nude (not in mixed company scoring higher than doing so in mixed company particularly when future behaviour is considered).
  • Finally, experience with visiting a naturist / nude beach of resort reside at roughly 1-in-20, but rises significantly to the 1-in-10 range when considering openness to doing so in future.
  • Regionally, Canadians demonstrate several noteworthy differences in their openness to various naturist behaviours:
    • Albertans have greater experience with and are more open to naturism in the home setting (sleeping, walking around) than Canadians elsewhere.
    • British Columbians and Ontarians lead the way in terms of experience with nude swimming, but Albertans show the greatest openness to consider doing so in future (both in unmixed and mixed company).
    • While British Columbians have the most experience with visiting nude beaches, Albertans and residents of the Prairie provinces are most open to doing so in future – and also lead in terms of openness to visiting a naturist resort in future.
  • Finally, while younger Canadians (< 25 years of age) have not to-date shown a greater proclivity to naturist behaviours (their experience being generally on par with that of Canadians aged 35+), they do demonstrate a higher openness to engaging in all in future (exception: sleeping in the nude, to which Canadians of all ages are roughly equivalent in terms of openness).
  • When we collapse across public behaviours (ie. swimming nude in mixed company or going to a naturist/nude beach or resort), we find that 1-in-5 (21%) Canadians have engaged in such behavior and that 1-in-4 (25%) are open to the idea in future.
You can read the complete survey at:

Photo taken during Spencer Tunick's installation work in Sydney by Nelly Xiao. Used with permission.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Upcoming Events

We have many events all summer!  A few highlights:

GTA Naturist Volleyball Tournament - 8th Annual

June 27-29
Special prices!

Family Weekend

July 18-20
Special prices! 

Lee Baxandall Memorial Volleyball Tournament

August 15-17
Special prices! 

...and many, many more events throughout the summer and the year! See our events page. Or follow our Twitter feed. Or subscribe to our calendar. (you need a calendar program that supports .ics subscriptions - such as Outlook)

Friday, 13 June 2014

The Pool is Finally OPEN !!!!

The pool at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park
We just got the OK from the health department. Everything is working as it should be! It's a bit cold right now but we're diverting the water through the hot tub heater to give it a boost. Once it's a bit warmer, the solar heater will do the rest.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

HDTV in Guestrooms

Queen Room

In addition to the new cabins that were mentioned in an earlier blog, we have also improved our guestrooms.

The rooms always featured a comfortable bed, linens, and a Keurig coffee maker with supplies. But they now also have a small fridge and HD Television.

King Room
The television feature 10 local, over-the-air, HD channels. It seems that most people have forgotten that this is an option. If you are near urban areas, you do not need to pay $100/month to a cable or satellite company. A few decades ago, that's how most people got their TV channels.

Over-the-air TV is not only legally free, the quality is often better than cable or satellite. That's because those paid services have to compress the signals in order to squeeze those hundreds of channels into their signal. And because the signal is digital, the picture is either perfect or not there at all. You no longer get those fuzzy channels of yesteryear's. The only downside is that you can't get the specialty channels such as TSN or Discovery.

If you would like to know which channels are available in your area, try this tool on TVfool.com

Photos by Michael Willems and PAR

Friday, 6 June 2014

Another Pool Update

Alas, patching the existing liner has failed. But the good news is that you can fix a lot of things if you’re willing to spend a lot of money. We have order a new liner and paid for rush service. It should be ready early next week. The installers are putting a rush on it too and it should be installed next week – if the weather is good. You can’t install a liner in a sand-bottom liner pool if it is raining.

We have also scheduled trucks to bring water to fill the pool with water. That is much more expensive but the pool will get filled in hours instead of days. So possibly the pool could be open next weekend – but that’s certainly not guaranteed!

As we previously explained, the pool had a leak in the pipes last year. We applied some temporary fixes that kept the pool running rather than shutting it down until the end of the season. But we had to bypass the solar heater so it was cold!

We dealt with the leak in the pipes this spring. But we had to pump out the water to do it and that complicated things. As everyone noticed, the weather was very cold late into the spring. The liner needed to stretch as the weight of the water went in but that didn’t work well with the temperature being low. So we had to put hot water into the pool to help the liner stretch. Unfortunately, it didn't stretch enough. It popped out in a few places (which we fixed) and broke in one place. We patched that and managed to completely fill it. But success was fleeting. The patch started to give way so we had to pump the water back out. We tried a stronger patch and filled it again but it failed and the rip got worse. So a replacement liner became the only option.

Keep an eye on the Twitter feed for updates on our progress: