Wednesday, 7 December 2016

20 years of topfree rights!

Gwen Jacob speaking at a Kitchener-Waterloo topfree rally in 2015

On Friday, it will be 20 years since women won the right to be topfree. On December 9th, 1996, the Ontario Appeal Court reversed the 1991 conviction of Gwen Jacob for indecency making it legal for all women in Ontario to be topfree. Jacob, at the time a university student, had walked bare-breasted through the streets of Guelph in July 1991 in order to protest the inequality of current law.

On July 19, 1991, Gwen Jacob took off her shirt and walked home from the University of Guelph. She was charged with committing an indecent act. (Section 173 of the Criminal Code of Canada)

It was actually the second time that she had walked top-free in the City of Guelph during 33C weather. The first stroll only generated puzzled reactions. But on the second day, she ran into more opposition when she stopped to talk on Ontario Street. A Ms. Pettifer called the police after after Gwen Jacob refused her request to cover up. Another resident of that street, Ms. Snarr, expressed concern about the impact that bare breasts would have on her young children. The police asked Gwen Jacob to put on her shirt. They arrested her when she refused and charged her with committing an indecent act.

At the first trial in 1991, Ms. Pettifer testified that bare breasts were "disgusting" while Ms. Snarr said that it is "dirty" for women to expose their breasts. Gwen Jacob was found guilty and fined $75. In 1992, the Ontario Court's General Division upheld the ruling. But on December 9, 1996, the Court of Appeal for Ontario reversed her 1991 conviction and gave all the women of Ontario the right to be topfree.

You can hear Gwen Jacob tell her story on episode 28 of The Naturist Living Show.

Photo: Gwen Jacob, on August 1, 2015, speaking at a Kitchener-Waterloo topfree rally organized by Alysha, Tameera and Nadia Mohamed. Only July 24th, the three sisters had been cycling topfree when they were told by a police officer to cover up because it was the law. That confrontation motivated them to organize this rally, which drew hundreds of people, in order to assert women's right to be topfree.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Promoting Naturism in France

nude naturists at an exhibition in Paris, France

This picture looks like a typical naturist activity - but it's not. This is a booth promoting naturism this weekend at the Fête de l'Humanité. It roughly translates to Festival of Humanity and it attracts over half a million people to a 415 hectare (1025 acres) park north of Paris. Started in 1930, it has become a massive cultural expo and concert. Over the years, it has featured many acts including big names like Pink Floyd, The Who, Joan Baez, and Avril Lavigne.

According to a report on the France Bleu website, it all started with the poster for the festival that featured a nude man and woman. This motivated the leaders of the Association de Promotion du Naturisme En Liberté (APNEL), which translates to the "Association for the Promotion of Liberated Naturism", to approach the organisers with the idea. Much to their surprise, they agreed both to the booth and to the exhibitors being nude. So with the support of the Fédération Française de Naturisme (FFN), the naturist federation for France, they organised this booth at the festival. Their own promotional materials feature a clever play on the word "humanité". They replaced the "ni" with "nu" which means "nude" in French.

While people in North America believe that France is far more tolerant about nudity, that is not always the case. Yes, it is true that Germany and France are the cradles of naturism. And there are more naturist resorts in France than anywhere else. But outside of the naturist clubs, resorts, and beaches, nudity is very restricted. For example, unlike in Canada and some states in the USA (like New York) women do not have the right to be topfree. And unlike in Germany, being nude in a public park will get you arrested. So having this level of nudity at a large textile event is quite unprecedented.

Yves Leclerc, the vice-president of the FFN is quoted as saying "We are in hundreds of selfies. We have even had people from other booths who came and got undressed to pose. It was unreal."

Jacques Frimon, vice-president of APNEL,  says that the people who are bothered by nudity are rare. He added that even some tourists from Iraq were just amused by the nudity.

The France Bleu article says that when people see them, the first reaction is to smile or laugh to hide their discomfort. Then, because this is the 21st century, everyone pulls out their smartphone to take a photo or selfie.

Well done APNEL and FFN! That's the way to promote the naturist movement!

You can watch a video (in French) here:

Here is the link if the embedded video does not work:

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Reward for Missing Electronics

One of the artists that participated in Naked State has lost drives containing 2 years of her work. Gone are both the originals and backups. She is devastated because they are irreplaceable. Please help her if you can!

Reward for missing Electronics

Offering a reward for electronics that went missing the afternoon of Monday August 15th, in the field (where the tents are) just east of the Outback.

Reward is for two drives, if returned with all the data intact.

They are a black external hard drive with with silver G on it, and a silver Lacie drive with an orange case. These had YEARS of professional work, art and projects on them. 

The drives were in a large (40 gallon) gray plastic bin (with cover) together with more electronics, all of which went missing, bin and all, including a GoPro camera, a small Sony HD video camera, a Sony rangefinder (Nex 7, or alpha) camera, a pink selfie stick, and a bunch of cables and adapters etc. 

Asking if people find anything in their subconscious about seeing someone walk around the park with a large gray plastic bin yesterday afternoon. Any information or inquiries can be sent to her at

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Naked State - Get Involved with the Art

The Naked State Art Residency is off to a great start! See some of the artists at work:

There are many opportunities for members and visitors to meet the artists, get involved in their work, and experience their art.

Tue 9th, 2-5pm: No Object durational performance artwork without any objects, costume or clothing
No Object is a multi-generational group of artists that produce performances in empty spaces without any objects, costume or any clothing. Working from this minimalist aesthetics, the group is continuing to challenge itself with a focus on the potential of the body. Sympathy, empathy, trust, gaining strength and energy from the group are important components to the work. This practice requires them to be in the moment, being conscious of each other and being aware of our bodies in relationship to others and our surroundings. No Object will be conducting a performance in a select area of the park, to be announced over the load speakers slightly before their performance. 

Tue 9th and Wed 10th, 4-6pm: have a conversation with Naked State artists in their studios
The Naked State artists are interested in getting to know members of the Bare Oaks community, and would also love to answer any questions they may have about the art they’re creating over the 10-day residency.  Drop by their studios to schedule a visit with participating artists.

Tue 9th to Sat 13th: Free Portrait Session with Naked State artist Matt Hamon (
Matt Hamon is interested in making portraits of naturists. Matt is a former assistant and printer for world renowned naturist photographer, Jock Sturges. In exchange for your participation you will receive an editioned, archival print from your portrait session. Families, groups and individuals are welcome to participate. Please visit Matt at cabin 10 to set up a time for your photo session.

Wed 10th, mid day: Be in a photograph of a pile of Naturists!
Naked State artist Natalie Wardle ( is planning to photograph a group of naturists cuddled and piled over top each other. For details or to sign up, please visit Natalie at cabin 11.

Sat 13th 5-8pm, and Sun 14th 10am-12pm: Naked State art residency closing Exhibition

Over these two days, Naked State artists will present the artworks developed during their 10-day residency at Bare Oaks. There will be installations, performance artworks, paintings, collages, videos, participatory live artworks, and photography. This is the finale. Hope to see many of you there!

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Arts Residency - August 5-15

This weekend is the beginning of Naked State, an arts residency organized by Arts UnfoldThirteen artists from Australia, Finland, England, and across Canada and the USA will be creating artworks that explore the nude human body in context of nature, culture and art.

For the duration of the residency, the artists and residency facilitator will live as naturists within the Bare Oaks naturist community to create works that explore questions such as: What is nudity? Does stripping away clothing rid us of class, gender, and personal expression?; Do the connections between our bodies and the land change when nude? Is nudity always sexual? What is the role of the nude in historical and contemporary art?; Is an animal with fur naked? Is it possible to be civil in the nude?; Is there a natural state for human being? Residents will work individually or collaboratively to create artworks that explore these questions through media of their choice, such as photography, video, installation, drawing, painting, performance art, dance, sound art, media art, etc…

From August 5 to 15, the Outback and a tent will be dedicated to the artists. We apologize for anyone who is inconvenienced by the restriction. However, this is a great opportunity for Bare Oaks and for naturism. Art is a great way to get people to see things differently and these artists will undoubtedly find interesting ways to communicate the values of naturism.

There will be an opportunity to see their work at the end and a few times when you can sign up to interact with some of the artists. See the schedule for details:

Some artists are specifically planning on working with the Bare Oaks community in the creation of their artwork. You can read about each artist and their plan on the Naked State website:

If you have any questions about the residency, please do not hesitate to contact the office or speak with Teresa, the onsite residency facilitator, in Cozy Cabin #8.

The residency is exclusively for the artists who were selected from the many who applied. But we have designated this week as Bare Oaks Art Week. We hope that members and visitors will be inspired to explore their own personal artistic facets.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Rib Dinner by the Social Committee


Ribs, Chicken (pre order), Potato, Corn, Salad and Dessert

JULY 30 @ 6 PM

Eco Prize draw for everyone who brings a reusable table setting.

Cost $20 per person, $10 twelve and under, $50 per family


Tickets available at Office and Rainy and Greg’s site 227

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Video Extras Needed for Friday

We need people to participate as background for a music video being filmed at Bare Oaks on Friday.

If you are interested, please send an email to We want some diversity in the people so please include in your email:
- age
- gender
- the visible minority you identify with if any

Brendan Canning (founding member of Broken Social Scene) will release his third solo album Home Wrecking Years on August 12 – his first since 2013’s You Gots 2 Chill. The album features fellow Broken Social Scene members Justin Peroff and Sam Goldberg, as well as Liam O’Neil (Kings Of Leon, The Stills).

The first song on the album is called “Book it to Fresno” and the video will be shot and set at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park.

Please DO NOT come to participate without contacting us. We only need a limited number of people.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Yoga with Nikki

Nude Yoga at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park
Nikki is back for the Summer with Yoga classes for any level yogi. Weather permitting, it will take place on the front lawn under a slice of shade. Yoga is a beautiful way to connect with yourself. The classes offer a balance of moments to challenge yourself and deep relaxation. When: Saturdays at 11am-noon, no class Aug 20th Commencing: July 16 Ending: September 3 Class price: $10 Mat Rental: $2
Please contact the office before attending to confirm availability as well as the time and date. Non-members must also register in the office before attending. Disclaimer: The yoga classes are provided by an independent individual. Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park only coordinates the arrangement and is not responsible for the service provided.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Water Quality in Lake Beamor

Yes, Lake Beamor is safe for swimming!

In addition to testing the well water every two weeks (which we must do by law) we also test the lake water occasionally. (which we are not required to do) We use SGS Canada Inc., an independent laboratory, to do all our water testing.

Bacteria level is measured in colony-forming units (cfu) per 100 mL. The E.Coli limit at which a swimming ban/notice is posted varies by jurisdiction. In Ontario, it is 100 cfu.  In Alberta, B.C., & Quebec, it is 200 cfu.  In our latest test, the E.Coli in the lake at Bare Oaks was 024 which is well below any limits. We also test for Coliform and that result was 036 which is also well below the limit. The samples were taken on July 12th. While the results are well below the levels that the government considers harmful, it is still higher than in other years. This is probably due to a lack of rainfall, an unusually low water level, a water temperature above average, and the presence of for more Canada Geese than usual. All of these factors would contribute to aggravating the bacteria levels.

The bacteria levels in Gymnos pond and Jarvis pond are MUCH higher as they are very small bodies of water. You should not swim in either of these ponds.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Hot Tub Down

The hot tub is down because the heater has failed.

Yes, you read that right. This is the heater that was replaced last fall under warranty for the THIRD time!!

We had announced that we would be installing a backup electrical heating unit. That is now a rush job. We are aiming to have that done within a week.

We are so sorry to disappoint you! 

(image from

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Entry Keyfob Transition

RFID access control gates to keep out the textiles

The equipment has finally arrived and we will be beginning the transition to the new access control system. Here are the key dates:

Friday July 8th

New keyfobs are available for purchase at the office

July 8th to 24th

The old system still works while members have two weeks to get their new keyfobs

Monday July 25th

The new access control system is activated and the new inbound gate near Kennedy is lowered. Access through the first gate is now only via:
  • New keyfob
  • By intercom during office hours

July 25th to September 5th

Members can return their old keyfob for a $10 credit on their account

IMPORTANT: Starting July 25th, members who have not acquired the new keyfobs will only be able to enter the park when the office is open. For continued 24/7 access you will need to get a new keyfob from the office between July 8 and 24. Starting on the July 25th, members who did not get a new keyfob will only have access during normal office hours.

The new system we are installing is by the Spanish company, Salto Systems. It is far more sophisticated than what we currently have. The new keyfobs will still be used to open the gates (both sets) and to get into the clubhouse after the office has closed. But in addition, it will be used to open the door of rented guestrooms or cabins. And as soon as we have integrated the systems, these new keyfobs will be used to charge things on account. (such as restaurant meals) Finally, it will also be used by team members to access restricted areas.

Of course, these new keyfobs are more expensive than the old ones. (and the price of the old keyfobs had not changed in more than a decade) So we will be charging $15 for each of the new keyfobs and it will be considered a sale not a deposit. These old system that we inherited, where the money paid for the keyfob was recorded a deposit, was cumbersome. From an accounting standpoint, we had to carry these deposits as a liability from one fiscal year to another. But additionally, we are now faced with returning deposits on keyfobs that are going into the garbage. But a deal is a deal. So you will be given a $10 credit on your account for each keyfob you return by September 5th. 

This has been a complex project! The gatehouse was designed by Ariane and built by Mike B. Our member mason, Ulli, spent several days doing the stone on the bottom half. Andrew did a lot of coordinating, assisting and wiring with help from Robbie. Several Bare Oaks team members also did key parts of the construction. The electrical was wired by Penn & McGuire Electric. The pad was done last year by South Simcoe Contracting. Gates were supplied and installed by Key West Gates. The cameras were done by Michael Sheridan Communications. The ethernet bridge is by RDJ Technology Solutions. Phones and intercom were by High Tech Communications. Finally, the Salto RFID system is being installed and configured by ITC Systems.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Our First Nude Run!

running a naked 5k race

5km colour fun run through the park. It's a FUN run so you don't have to be a pro. You can run, jog, walk...
  • Date: July 1, 2016
  • Registration: 9 am
  • Start Time: 10 am
Organized by The Nude Run 5k who have been doing it in the US since 2011.

The "colour" aspect of the run is that runners are showered with coloured corn starch at various stages of the course. It is inspired by the Holi Hindu Festival (also known as the festival of colours) where participants douse each other with coloured powder and water.

Get more info and register at:

EVERYONE is welcome! Registration includes access to all amenities for the day.

A great combination with the GTA Naturist Volleyball Tournament!

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Want to do bare gardening at Bare Oaks?

Square Foot community gardens at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park

Since Bruce first built the community gardens in 2010, we have been 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. There is a video on YouTube that explains it well.

This year Bruce rebuilt the 4' x 4' raised beds and he 4'x4' and are now available for planting.  He provided the labour and Bare Oaks paid for the materials so using the garden is free for members. They are available on a first come, first served basis.

To reserve your garden plot, send an email to:

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 a maximum of 3 plots.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Volunteer Day and Member's Meeting - Saturday May 14

Naturist Volunteers
It's time again for our annual volunteer day. 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. A big thank you to the multitude of people willing to give up their time to make Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park a better place.

Volunteer Day -  Saturday May 14, 2016

10am to 3pm

  • Everyone is welcome! Lunch will be provided, free of charge, for all volunteers by the Bare Bistro.
  • Jobs vary from light gardening to construction. A little something for every skill level. There will be projects suitable for all abilities and levels of ambition.
  • Annual Members meeting runs downstairs from 4-5:30. Come along and hear what's new this year and have your voice heard.
  • Non-members who volunteer will not be charged any day fees. (please register at the office)

4pm to 5:30pm – 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.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Changes at the Bare Bistro

For the first time, the Bare Bistro has been opened through the winter. We kept that news relatively quiet because it was a test. Restaurant operations were serviced by the person in charge of the office and store. That meant that when a member or visitor wanted a meal or drink, the team member had to close the office and switch to the restaurant kitchen. It was not the fastest service and the menu had to be limited due to the low volume. But at least it was possible to have a drink, a snack, lunch or an early dinner by the fire in the dining room. The limited service continues until the Victoria Day long weekend when Bare Bistro operations expand.

The other news is that we have a new operator. Most people know Kim from the office. But she has been taking over the restaurant for the last few months. Kevin did a good job last year and we heard lots of praise. But in the fall he decided that he could not continue for personal reasons. We reviewed a number of applicants who were interested in taking over the Bare Bistro and settled on Kim's proposal for a number of reasons. She has many exciting plans for the season. We're looking forward to seeing the implemented!

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Laurence (Larry) Bean (1932-2016)

We are sad to announce that Larry Bean passed away last Sunday. For five year, he and his wife Carol owned and operated The New Forest Naturist Resort which was sold in 2006 and renamed Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. It started in 2001 when they purchased the assets of Town & Country Resorts Inc out of bankruptcy. The property had once been the Toronto Helios Society and it was their plan to return it to nudism. For the next 5 years, they did a number of renovations. Of those, their most enduring legacy at the park was the creation Lake Beamor. (a combination of part of Larry’s last name and Carol’s maiden name)

His obituary was published yesterday in the Toronto Star:

A Memorial Gathering is being held on Tuesday, February 16th. Details:!/ServicesEvents

A memorial is also being planned at Bare Oaks for next Saturday, February 20th. The exact details have not been finalized so please contact the office next week if you are interested in attending.