Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy Nude Year!

A few days ago Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park turned eleven years old (11 years since the current owners took over; 45 since it began as the Toronto Helios Society) which means last year was our decennial anniversary.

The Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN) published an article in the summer issue of Going Natural/Au naturel magazine which contained reflections about the growth of our club as well as the struggle of other clubs. You can read it online:

You can read this article and many more if you join the FCN:

Sunday, 10 December 2017

High Speed Internet at Bare Oaks!

After 10 years of frustration, we finally have a super-fast internet connection to the outside world through Vianet. It's like we've gone from dial-up to fibre! (a dedicated, bidirectional 100Mbps connection for the geeks out there)

Friday, 10 November 2017

Karen's First Day as Manager

Naturist manager

Today is Karen Bowen's first day as Operations Manager of Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park! (she has been learning the ropes for the last week and a bit) Many know Karen from last summer as she was a regular team member in the Bare Bistro or from the summer of 2016 when she worked in the office.

Karen recently retired from the Toronto Transit Commission where she worked for over 17 years. She has excellent customer service and organizational skills which makes her perfect for her new role. But most importantly she is incredibly passionate about naturism and Bare Oaks. She was so taken by her first visit to our park that she took a leave of absence from her job just so she could spend the summer here. So this will hopefully be a long and satisfying second career for her.

So the next time you're in the office, please give her a hearty welcome!

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Satellite TV Offer for Members with Long-Term Campsites

*** September 28 update*** Because only 6 campsite expressed interest, we will not be proceeding with this project. We would have needed a much larger number to get Shaw's interest.

Shaw Direct is offering members of Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park who have a long-term campsite a great deal on satellite TV!

But the offer will only go ahead if enough people sign up.

Bare Oaks members with a long term campsite, please take the following survey to find out the details and let us know whether are interested or not.

Please take this survey ONLY if you currently have a long-term campsite at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

New Manager

the interim manager and the new manager

We are pleased to announce Stephanie Lynn has joined us as the new operations manager. Aside from her pleasant disposition and recently acquired passion for naturism, Stephanie brings extensive experience in project management; policy development and implementation; and team collaboration.

Adam has done a fabulous job bridging the gap and he will continue for a month or two during the transition. He has truly enjoyed his time in the role and we've received many compliments. But it was always clear that this was a temporary job as he has other plans for the fall.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Yoga & Meditation, & Belly Dancing

We are pleased to announce two new instructors who are here to lead you in yoga, meditation, and belly dancing: Sharamine Clarke and Samantha Novak. Sharamine, a long-term, year-round Bare Oaks member, is a certified yoga instructor, belly dancing teacher, and drum circle leader. Samantha is a certified Yoga teacher from the United States who has recently moved to Ontario and is looking for an audience of interested parties that are wanting to share her passion for yoga.

Sharamine Clarke

Let your Body be the most beautiful thing you wear.

Hatha Yoga for
  • all levels
  • all ages
  • modified poses available
Join me for a Nude Hatha Yoga experience.

Saturdays 11:30 -12:30 (August 5, 12, 19, 26, and September 2)
As an additional bonus beginners Inspirational belly dancing classes for free 12:30 to 1:00
$10 dollars Non-members (per family)
$5 dollars Members (per family)
This is only a guide if you can afford it, but please only pay what you can.
A donation box will be used for payment.

The money collected with be used for other events in the park that I hope to have.

Yoga and dance are gifts to the world that I would like to share.

Samantha Novak

"When you succeed in awakening the Kundalini, so that it starts to move out of its mere potentiality, you necessarily start a world which is totally different from our world. It is the world of eternity" ~ Carl Jung

Choose to change your life.

  • Meditation at 10 - 10:45 am
  • Yoga at 11 - 12:30 pm
Classes are $10 each
Yoga/Meditation bundle for $15
Entire course discount at $60
*will discuss trade/barter for those interested but need an alternative payment option

Show up or sign up by email at
  • Sunday July 30 ~ Connection
  • Sunday August 6 ~ Expression
  • Sunday August 13 ~ Power
  • Sunday August 27 ~ Love
  • Sunday Sept 3 ~ Communication
  • Sunday Sept 10 ~ Intuition
  • Sunday Sept 24 ~ Divinity
Kundalini (known as the coiled serpent) is a form of primal energy that lays dormant at the base of the spine. Awakening this energy is linked directly to unleashing the creative genius of man. Once the energy is awakened and guided up the spine through the chakras, true transformation occurs. Kundalini Yoga focuses on a technique called "breath of fire" which is the strongest form of detoxifying the body of deeply buried inner toxins.

This course curriculum is for 7 classes, and each class will focus on one of the seven chakras (energy centers) of the body and releasing the accumulated energy within it. Each chakra has a different function in the human body, the description of the courses are the qualities of each of the chakras beginning with the base of the spine in "Connection" and ending at the Crown of the head with "Divinity" as we reach the final spot where our connection to our Highest Self resides.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Naked State 2017

The 2017 Naked State Art Residency is off to a great start! Learn about this year's artists:

There are many opportunities for members and visitors to meet the artists, get involved in their work, and experience their art. Visitors and members of Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park are invited to attend the following:

Mon 24, 8-9pm
Stéphane DeschĂȘnes’ talk on naturism (main building, downstairs)

Tue 25, 4-6pm 
Wed 26, 4-6pm
Half-hour scheduled studio visits (Outback and Marquis Tent in Glen Echo Field)
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.

Sat 29, 5-8pm
Sun 30, 10am-8pm
Artist presentations (throughout park)
Over these two days, Naked State artists will present the artworks developed during their 10-day residency at Bare Oaks. This is the finale. Hope to see many of you there!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Interim Manager

As you may have noticed, LeeAnne has not been around the park for a while. That's because she has been on leave for personal reasons since June 29th. As the length of her absence is undetermined, we have hired Adam Purdy to fill in while she is away. Today is his first day on the job. So please take it easy on him as he struggles to learn all of the processes and procedures!

Adam has an extensive background in HR and business management. We are fortunate that he is available on such short notice. His previous experience will certainly be an asset to the team. We are confident that he will do far more than just fill the gap and certain that he will find many ways to streamline our processes as well as improve the member/visitor experience.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Road Dust Control

Naturist family walking on road

Today we applied a solution of Magnesium Chloride to minimize road dust. We did this last year and it was very effective. As anybody who visited Bare Oaks in the last week has certainly noticed, we also did a lot of work this week on the main road to improve drainage.

About Magnesium Chloride:

Unlike other dust control agents (e.g. Calcium Chloride) it:

  • Generally does not cause skin irritation
  • Is less toxic than regular salt or baking soda
  • Does not damage plants (except if sprayed directly on the leaves -- like any fertilizer)
  • Will last the entire season with only one application

An MSDS sheet is available in the office for anyone interested. The GHS Classifications are:

  • Physical: Not Hazardous
  • Health: Not Hazardous
  • Environment: Not Hazardous

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Campsite Waiting List

Aerial of Beckett Circle campsites at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park

Most people know that we have not been assigning any long-term campsites since March 2015. Other than trailer sales, long-term sites that were relinquished became short-term campsites. As we explained in the March 21, 2015 blog post, the cause was an individual who managed to convince the Landlord Tenant Board (LTB) that he was protected by the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA). For the reasons explained in the blog post, this was very problematic to maintaining a naturist environment.

Emboldened by this decision, two other members decided last fall to ignore our rules and turn their campsite into a permanent residence. They filed a claim with the LTB asking for RTA protection. This time we presented a much more detailed legal argument (thanks to a very good and expensive lawyer) and WE WON! (Landlord Tenant Board File # TNT-87932-16)

That, combined with some other changes we made, means that we now feel comfortable starting a new waiting list. However, the policies and procedures have changed based on what we've learned.
  • We will favour intensification of sites. For example, a couple will get higher priority than a single person.
  • People with children will get priority since naturism is beneficial to their development and they grow up fast!
  • People with a dedication to naturist values and Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park will also be favoured.
  • As some people prefer unserviced campsites, there will now be separate serviced and unserviced waiting lists. Members will no longer be able to automatically switch between campsite levels.
This revised policy applies only to the waiting lists. Trailer sales will continue as before.

We realize that this revised policy will please some and disappoint others. Ideally we would have enough long-term campsites for everyone who wants one. If we can manage it, we will add more in the future. But for now, we believe that this is best for Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park.

Photo: Aerial of Beckett Circle by Marc DeschĂȘnes. Airplane ride courtesy of Ron Schout. 

Friday, 21 April 2017

Summer Water is ON!

Showering outside at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park

The summer water system has been successfully disinfected and flushed so all campsites now have access to potable water.

The toilets in the Beckett Circle comfort station are working. But the indoor showers are being renovated because we discovered that several of the walls were rotting. We thought that they would be open by now but some of the parts are coming from Europe so it is taking longer than expected to receive them.

But the outdoor showers are working!  Of course, the temperature is a bit cool in the morning even with lots of nice hot water coming out. So if it is too cold outside for you, the showers in the clubhouse are your best option.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Trailer Storage at Bare Oaks

Scene from Unashamed movie (1938)

Success is a wonderful thing but it can also create some challenges. As many people know, demand for camping space has exceeded supply for several years. For visitors we keep 25 serviced campsites open for short-term use. But for people who want to keep a trailer here on a long-term basis, there has essentially been no availability for years.

This has led to people trying to find ways around our rules. At first, people started booking 8 week "vacations" or every weekend in July and August. So to keep things fair, we had to limit the amount of short-term booking time and institute a rule that people must be occupying their trailer every night if they were booking our transient campsites.

Then some folks asked us if they could store their trailer between reservations. Initially it was only a few people for a short period of time. But last year, there were so many trailers being stored in Glen Echo field that it sometimes looked more like a parking lot than a field. People who were actually camping there began to complain.

So this year, we will no longer provide trailer storage. There will not be any exception because if we do, everyone will expect it.

Of course, doing this will result in lost revenue. But it's about being fair to everyone and looking out for what is best for Bare Oaks overall.

We do understand that pulling a trailer regularly can be challenging and expensive. Fortunately, there are a number of storage places within a few kilometres of Bare Oaks:

Doan Road Storage (7km away)
1825 Doane Rd, Queensville, ON L0G 1R0
(905) 478-8867

Squirrel Storage (9km away)
19 Albert St, Mount Albert, ON L0G 1M0
(289) 879-6887

Green Storage (11km away)
122 Bales Dr E, Newmarket, ON L3Y 4X1
(905) 853-4934

Apple Self Storage (12km away)
31 W Bales Dr, Sharon, ON L0G 1V0
(905) 715-7009

Please note that these listings are provided for your convenience. They are not recommendations or endorsements. We have no relationship with these business and have not scrutinized them in any way. Caveat emptor!

Photo: From the movie "Unashamed" (1938)

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Volunteer Day 2017 & World Naked Gardening Day

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 6, 2017

It's also World Naked Gardening Day so expect many of the volunteer activities to follow that theme!

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.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

The Problem with Some Swingers

What consenting adults do in the privacy of their own home/trailer/tent is generally not our concern. We try to be open-minded and tolerant of the various ways that people choose to live. But when people do things that negatively impact the experience of our visitors and members, we have to get involved.

Because they don't know the reality, the general public assumes that our movement is about sexuality. We have been fighting that assumption for nearly a century. But it persists and it is a key misconception that keeps people away.

When a new visitor comes to Bare Oaks, it is with the expectation that it will be an opportunity to get away from the hyper-sexualization and objectification of mainstream society. Yet they often still maintain some apprehension which makes them very sensitive to any hints that what we claim is not true.

So it only takes one person to speak about their fetish around the campfire or a casual invitation in the hot tub to make a new person very uncomfortable. When they hear it from one person, they start to suspect everyone. Once suspicious, they question everyone's motives and it becomes difficult for them to just relax and enjoy themselves.

It happened a few times last year and there are two couples who are not returning because of it. But the reality may be much higher because those are only the people we have heard about.

What is worse is when people spread false information about Bare Oaks as one deceitful individual did. They posted a recruitment ad on Craigslist. One of our members saw the ad, contacted them, and found out that they advanced some absurd propaganda. (you can read the email here) Certainly there are a few couples at the park who identify as "lifestylers". But most of them are very respectful of our policies.

Our policy, as stated in the Member & Visitor Agreement that everyone gets, is that people:
  • will not partake in any overt sexual behaviour,
  • will not try to recruit or invite anyone for a sexual activity, and
  • will not promote – either internally or externally – any sexual activities at Bare Oaks.
  • will let us know immediately if they witness or experience any of the above.
So if you observe or experience anything that makes you uncomfortable, please report it to the office immediately. We need your help to maintain our authentic naturist environment.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Naturist Night at the Theatre!

clothes-free (nude) night at the theatre

Veritas Theatre and Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park are bringing you a clothes-free theatre night. Join us for this very special presentation of the play S h e e t s. by Salvatore Antonio. Purchase your tickets now because there are only 120 seats in the theatre.

S h e e t s. is an original play by Salvatore Antonio exploring the theme of intimacy in its many forms through the experiences of various inhabitants of a single hotel room. It play unfolds through a series of vignettes dovetailing and linking these seemingly random strangers in their private moments and vulnerability. In several of those moments, the characters ponder their true selves through intimacy and their nudity. On this very special evening, all links to a voyeur-exhibitionist relationship will be broken because the audience will also be nude. The actors’ nakedness will be normalized and the focus of the audience will be solely be on the play and its performance.

In order to create a true naturist experience, clothing will not be optional - nudity will be required of everyone in attendance.

PARENTAL ADVISORY: Children are allowed but parents/guardians should be aware that the play contains mature themes that some would consider only appropriate for people 18+.

No photography will be allowed without the explicit permission of everyone involved.

Date: Saturday April 1 (Despite the connotations of the date, this is a real event)
Time: 8pm (arrive as early as 6:30pm for a clothes-free reception)
Location: The Theatre Centre (Mainstage) 1115 Queen St. W., Toronto
Towels: Everyone must sit on a towel. Bring your own or rent one for $1.
Clothes-check: There will be a service to store your clothing during the event.

Use the "Presale Access Code": NATURISTNIGHT
$35 or $22 for seniors, students, and arts workers

Veritas Theatre

Naturism? Nudism? What's the difference? See: