Monday, 29 June 2015

Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Chevrolet Volt plugging into the Chargepoint station at Bare Oaks

There has now been a Chargepoint Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station at Bare Oaks for about a year. The dual-port station is part of our commitment to the environmental aspect of the naturist movement. It is free for registered visitors and members. We didn’t think that it would get much use so we were surprised by the number of cars we’ve seen charging in the past year: A couple of Teslas, Chevrolet Volt, Ford Fusion plugin hybrid, Nissan Leaf, and a Smart electric.

Visitors should request a charging session when they register at the office. Members who will regularly be using our charging stations should order a card from Chargepoint. After you receive it, please come to the office to have it authorized for our charging station. You then won't have to come to the office each time you want to charge your EV.

Here are various places you can see the listing for our charging station:
There are 3 basic types of car chargers:
  • Level 1 – Your standard 120 volt wall plug
  • Level 2 – A 240 volt specialized charger, usually with a J1772 connector.
  • Level 3 – A high-speed charger that will recharge a car to 80% in 15-20 minutes.
We have a dual, 6.6 kW, Level 2 charger. Of course, it’s not as fast as a Level 3 charger. But most people who come to Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park want to stay for a while. This charging station makes getting here well within range of just about any EV owner in the Greater Toronto Area.

Some people criticize the high cost of the cars. But price keeps dropping as the technology improves. Like anything else, somebody needs to invest in the beginning so that new technologies can develop. In addition, an EV will save you money too. Depending on the car you have, driving a kilometer on electricity will cost you 75%-85% less than using gasoline. And electric motors require much less maintenance than internal combustion engines.

Another criticism is that the electricity used by the cars creates as much pollution when it is generated. But that is not correct:
  • As the Plug 'n Drive website explains: "because power stations run more or less continuously at efficient cycles, an electric car fully charged with coal or fossil fuels still produces less emissions than a gas car." But our province does not generate electricity exclusively from fossil fuels.
  • Ontario has eliminated all coal-fired generating plants.
  • 23% of Ontario's electricity is generated using water power
  • Ontario is investing heavily in the development of clean electricity generation through solar and wind power.
  • 58% is generated using nuclear which does not generate greenhouse gases or airborne pollution. Of course there are other concerns with nuclear generation.
So even if we take the greenhouse gases created by electricity generation, EVs make sense. Plug 'n Drive did the calculation:
The average driver in Canada drives 20,000 km over the course of a year. In that time, a gas car would emit more than 3,500 kg of C02 into the air – while the EV would emit just 340 kg. If just five per cent of Ontarians switched to electric cars, Ontario could reduce its C02 emissions by over 1.9 billion kg. 

Interested in an electric car?  Plug 'n Drive has a list of EVs available in Canada.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Volleyball News!

Michele Rauter has joined us for the month of June to help develop Bare Oaks's volleyball program. She will be participating in our 9th GTA Naturist Volleyball Tournament where she will provide coaching in clinics for all all players at all levels.

Michele is a self-described flower child from the great north; born and raised in North Vancouver, BC. She spent most of her youth on courts, tracks, and fields as a multi-sport athlete. Excelling in many but deciding on One, she attended the University of Wyoming on a full volleyball scholarship which began her path around the world. She followed that with professional play in 3 European countries: Finland, Germany, and Switzerland.

Along the road came trophies, injuries, travels, and many great people! Beach volleyball naturally came calling and she eagerly answered; ready for a new challenge and a softer play ground. Time, training, and travel were spent on the sand within Canada and the US; largely in Southern California which was her base for some time. In the mix of all her volleyball play, she typically coached in off-season; elementary through university, boys and girls, sand and hard court, internationally. If they were listening, she was sharing!

Michele first learned about naturism/nudism and nude volleyball when she agreed to be part of ESPN's team at the Naked Volleyball Superbowl at Whitethorn Lodge in Pennsylvania . That experience was published in the October 19 2009 ESPN Magazine's Body Issue. (there is also a video) It was the beginning of Michele's love of naturism and nude volleyball.

She now resides in the Caribbean, on a tropical island named Roatan, where she continues to coach and works as a massage therapist, yoga instructor, and inspirer.

Michele will be playing on the Bare Oaks team this Saturday at the Hope Volleyball Tournament in Toronto. (De Bares 17G)

Saturday, 6 June 2015

The Bare Bistro

We are very pleased to announce that Kevin Linkie is now the independent operator of the Bare Bistro at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. Kevin has been a regular for many years. He is very excited about combining his enthusiasm for the park with his passion for food. Not only does Kevin have a friendly and engaging personality but he is also a professional chef with years of foodservice experience. He has many ideas and has already implemented a few of them. But it will take some time for him to catch up with all facets of the business he has taken over.

Of course, this means that after more than 5 years of dedication to the Bare Bistro, Liz has decided to try something new. Being an entrepreneur can be rewarding but it can also be very challenging; particularly when running a restaurant that is mostly seasonal. We wish her all the best with her next venture.

Until the fall, the Bare Bistro is open for lunch and dinner every day. It is also open for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. For complete details, visit the Bare Bistro's website: or contact Kevin by email: