Monday, 10 August 2020

Volleyball Tournament This Weekend!

In case you haven't heard yet, the volleyball tournament is on THIS WEEKEND!

We have made a number of special adjustments to help keep everyone safe. For example, we will have a 1 meter 'dead zone' on either side of the net to keep players apart. That means that spiking and blocking will require some new skills! But ultimately, your safety depends on you; so keep your distance, wear a mask if you can't, and wash your hands frequently.

Government restrictions limit the number of players and spectators in the tournament to a maximum of 100 per day!  So arrive early to register!  Obviously, people who register for three days on Friday will be set for the entire weekend.

Details (including pricing) at:


Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Install COVID Alert and save $10

COVID Alert Smartphone App

Nobody wants another lockdown!  To prevent that we need:
  1. People to maintain physical distance and wear masks indoors
  2. To do a lot of testing to identify problems early
  3. Tracing to warn anyone who is exposed and prevent further spread
In order to make the third objective more effective, we need as many people as possible to install the Canadian contact tracing app on their smartphone.

It's free and if you come Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park and show the app you get $10 off your day fees when you visit in August. Members get a $10 credit on their account if they show the app on their phone. (limit of once per person for everyone)

The privacy commissioners of Canada and Ontario reviewed the app and have concluded that it adequately protects the user's privacy and security.

Michael Geist, a frequent critic of government policy regarding technology and privacy, is satisfied enough to announce that he has installed the app.

The app does: 
  • assign a random code to a user’s device that pings other users of the app via Bluetooth when they are within a range of approximately two metres
  • notify you if another app user who has been close to you tests positive for COVID-19 (but does not tell you their name)
  • not use GPS
  • not track your location
  • not know your name or address
  • not access your phone's contacts
  • not get any of your health information

Friday, 24 July 2020

Now at Stage 3 Reopening!

Today, we are allowed to enter Stage 3 Reopening. That means:

  • All sports activities are now allowed as long as they don't include "Prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports." That means that Volleyball is back!
  • The Bare Bistro's indoor dining room is now open,
  • The playground is now open.
  • All indoor spaces are now open but saunas remain closed by government order.
  • The hot tub will be open as soon as approved by the health department. By law, an inspection is required before a commercial hot tub is allowed to open. That inspection is currently scheduled for Wednesday July 29th. 

All details of what is open can be found here:

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Kids' Bare Blast!

Starting on Saturday and every Saturday until Labour Day.

Two hours of fun with games, crafts, and stories for the kids aged 3 and up; and a two hour break for parents. Meet at the rock in front of the clubhouse. $10/kid - tax included. Buy it ahead or pay cash in person - but the maximum is 10.

Available only to the children of members and registered visitors.

Monday, 29 June 2020

Family Weekend - July 17-19

Yes, family weekend is on!  All activities have been planned to be family-unit oriented, to avoid contact, and to maximize physical distancing between unrelated people. For all our pandemic info:

A weekend of events with an emphasis on family fun!

Activities, challenges, contests, entertainment, crafts, games and all-around fun for kids of all ages.

Event info:

Special pricing:

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

YES! You Can Come Camping!

For weeks people have been asking when they will be able to come and camp. Some very patient folks have been making reservations and resolutely moving them forward as we waited for the government to reopen short-term camping. Well that day has finally arrived!!

The government is allowing us to enter stage 2 reopening which means that starting on Friday June 19th:

  • Overnight camping is allowed
  • The Bare Bistro patio is open
  • The pool is open (assuming the York Region Health inspector comes in time to approve it)

As we have announced previously, you can also book cabins, guest rooms, and visit for the day. The interior amenities (sauna, hot tub, lounge, etc...) remain closed. All the details on what is open and what is not can be found at:

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Volleyball Tournament Update

The June 26th to July 1st volleyball tournament is becoming a badminton tournament. Team sports are out under the circumstances. And, according to study commissioned by the Italian Olympic Committee and conducted by the Polytechnic of Turin, volleyball is the most dangerous sport in terms of risk of COVID-19 contagion. So we are adapting to single player sports and badminton seems like a fun alternative. We will organize play over 6 courts. We are also considering whether there are any safe, single player, and fun variations of volleyball that we can organize.

The volleyball tournament special pricing is still in effect. It's a great deal!! If you already reserved but you do not want to participate we will provide you with a full refund if you contact us by June 19th. After that, our normal cancellation policy applies.

We have been open for day use since May 19th. For overnight stays at the moment, we can only rent out motel rooms and cabins. Overnight camping is still not authorized. But we hope that it will be by the time our tournament begins. You can make risk-free reservations. If we can't honour your reservation, we will give you a full refund. If you cancel, then our normal cancellation policy still applies.

Updates on what we can and can't do can be found at:

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Naturist Yoga Online!

When the weather is right, outdoor is always the best place to do Yoga at Bare Oaks. Normally when it is cold or rainy, we move indoors. But under the current circumstances, that is not allowed. So we're announcing Yoga with Nikki Online!  If the weather is good, it will happen simultaneously with the live version which means that those who can't visit the park will still be able to participate. The cost is $10 plus ticketing charges and taxes. Initially we are limiting it to 10 online people per session so that Nikki can interact with each person.

Important information:

  • 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.
  • Attendees in the online yoga classes must be clothing-free, visible on their camera, and actively participating. This is not a performance.
  • The yoga instructor can terminate the participation of anyone who is in any way disruptive, discourteous, or uncooperative. There will be no refunds to people who are removed from the class.
  • Arrive early: once the class starts nobody will be admitted in order not disturb the other participants. There will be no refunds for missed classes.

Purchase your tickets here:

First come, first served and while quantities last! 😊

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Yoga with Nikki 2020

Nude Yoga

Clothing-free yoga returns starting this Saturday June 6th and every Saturday from 11am - noon until September 26th. Both novices and veterans are welcome.

Given the current regulations under Ontario's emergency order, Yoga will only happen outside.

There's no minimum attendance so, if only one person shows up, it's happening.

$10 per person. Yoga mat rentals are available. Just bring yourself. You're already wearing everything you need.

Important notices:
  • Non-members must also register in the office before participating.
  • 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.

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Updates on what is open

We now have a page listing what is currently open at Bare Oaks. We will keep updating it as government regulations and our own processes change.

Thursday, 14 May 2020

A very limited reopening

Bare Oaks Office reopening during the pandemic

The provincial government announced today new regulations that allow Bare Oaks members with a trailer to access it starting on Saturday May 16th. The announcement authorizes "access for trailers and recreational vehicles whose owners have a full season contract."

At this time, we still cannot accept any leisure visits for motel rooms, cabins, or short-term camping. We expect this to change in the very near future. If you make a reservation and we have to cancel it because of government restrictions, we will give you a full refund. If you cancel the reservation then our normal cancellation policy still applies.

On Tuesday May 19th the province will be initiating the first stage of reopening.  Starting on that date, members and visitors can come to Bare Oaks during the day to participate in "sport activity for individual/single competitors" such as outdoor table tennis, horseshoes, minigolf, and pétanque. No team or contact sports. We can also allow the use of "outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters in park and recreational areas." No indoor facilities other than access to toilets.

There are important conditions you should consider before coming:
  • The clubhouse is closed but there will be access to toilets starting Tuesday
  • The office is open
  • The campground showers and toilets are closed. Members with trailers must use their own toilet.
  • Gatherings are still restricted to 5 people or less
  • Physical distancing of at least 2 meters is required
  • In situations where physical distancing is not possible, you need to wear a mask
  • You should wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Alcohol-based sanitizer is also available in the office.
  • If you are sick, you should stay home
  • If you have recently been exposed to someone who is sick, you should stay home
  • If you are in any way vulnerable to the virus, you should stay home
  • You agree to abide by the Bare Oaks/Camping in Ontario Code of Conduct
The Bare Bistro will be opening for limited hours and for takeout only. They will be making an announcement in the next day or so. Keep an eye on their website, Facebook page, or Twitter Account.

We have changed a number of procedures and created new ones so as to minimize the risk of spreading the infection. We urge you to do your part to ensure that the virus does not spread so that we can all continue enjoying the facilities at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park.

May 15 Edit: We have clarified that the toilets can be made available starting Tuesday. The rest of the clubhouse remains closed. Outdoor activities only. The toilets and showers in the campground will remain closed. Trailer owners are expected to use their own toilets.

May 21 Edit: Now that it has been published, we have learned that the latest government regulation allows us to be open, for both members and visitors, to allow the use of "outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters in park and recreational areas." No indoor facilities other than access to toilets.

Sunday, 3 May 2020

WiFi Improvements

New wifi antenna at the Beckett Washrooms

For many years, our internet service was so slow that if more than a dozen people were using it at the same time, it became difficult just to load a simple web page. Then for 2018 we finally managed to get decent high speed by way of a dedicated wireless connection. Suddenly it was possible for many people to watch streaming video at the same time!

But as more and more people took advantage, it became obvious that the WiFi network was no longer up to the task. We upgraded a number of pieces of equipment but Beckett Circle was always slow on busy weekends.

The problem was that to get to people in Beckett Circle, the internet had to go through as many as 6 WiFi nodes in the mesh. At each point, a little of of speed was lost and a little bit of lag was added. So in the fall of 2019 we installed a tower at the Beckett Circle washrooms with a direct, high speed, wireless link to the internet. It has made quite a difference. Now everyone who connects is only one or two hops away from the main feed.

We will be watching usage over the summer and may still make a few adjustments to make it all more efficient. For example, if we see one node being much busier than others, we may add another one.

One thing we can't fix is the reception that people get in their trailer. Some have metallic cladding which turns them into partial faraday cages. The difference can be dramatic. One member recently reported speeds of 0.2Mbps inside their trailer and 5.0Mbps outside!

Also, our system provides a level of device isolation. That means that one device might not see the other. This is good in that it adds a bit of security. But it also means that you cannot easily connect your wireless phone to your wireless TV or laptop to your wireless printer.

Both of the issues above have been solved by some members by creating a local WiFi network in their trailer using a router with an external antenna. But not all routers will repeat a WiFi signal. We're told that the Alfa WiFi CampPro 2 works for them. Please ask at the office if you want more information.

Below is a diagram that explains the change in our network. Not all WiFi nodes are shown; just a few in order to illustrate how things changed.

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Status Update

On March 23rd the Ontario Government ordered all non-essential businesses to close for 14 days. That order was extended into May and could be extended again.

The good news is that we have "flattened the curve" and things seem to be under control. The government has announced that they have a 3 stage plan to allow businesses to reopen. That is not to be confused with their 3 phase plan; the 3 stages are part of phase 2. Confused yet?

But all you need to know right now is that:
  1. There are NO dates
  2. There are NO specifics about what businesses are included in what stage
We have received several inquiries from people wanting to know when we will reopen. Unfortunately, as you can see above, the government has not made any specific commitments so we can't either.

Our team is working (safely) to keep the facility ready so that we can open with only a moment's notice. We have revised our procedures and created new ones to deal with the current situation. So when the time comes, we believe we are ready to safely welcome members and visitors. But there is no doubt that many things will be very different this year.

If you have questions, our email and social media are monitored daily. Our phones are answered between 10am and 6pm every day. We are still receiving postal mail, couriers, and other deliveries.

We hope that you are healthy and managing as well as possible under the circumstances. We recognize that some people are having financial difficulties. If that is your situation, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will try our best to find some way to make it work for you.

Monday, 23 March 2020

Closed to Visitors

The Government of Ontario has ordered all non essential businesses to close. So effective immediately, Bare Oaks is closed to visitors.

The restaurant is already closed. The office and store will now be closed as well. During our posted business hours, we will still be answering phones, responding to emails, as well as accepting packages & deliveries.

Members who have a campsite can still get through the gate to access their trailer. But as we said before, please do not come if you are sick, been exposed to someone who is sick, or have recently returned from foreign travel.

This order is for 14 days. We will update you as soon as we get more information. At this time, the impact on our operations will be minimal.

Whether at Bare Oaks or anywhere else, we remind you to:
  • Wash your hands well and often with soap and water, or with alcohol based hand sanitizer. (don’t forget to wash your wrists, under your fingernails and in between your fingers)
  • Cough or sneeze into your arm or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and throw the tissue out immediately. Wash your hands afterwards.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice social distancing: no hugs, handshakes, kiss, etc...
  • Don't share utensils, pens, electronics, etc...
  • Avoid crowds and groups

Monday, 16 March 2020

We are open

We have had several people inquire about whether we going to close. We are open and planning on staying open. Our wide open spaces are great if you want to get away from people. For those who have a trailer here, it might be the ideal place to isolate yourself for a bit.

We have taken precautions to reduce the risk of spreading the infection:
  • We have always cleaned the public areas regularly. But we have added the additional step of disinfecting "touch" areas (door knobs, locks, counters, handrails, etc...) three times per day.
  • Sick team members are always encouraged to stay home but we will now be more proactive about it.
  • We have provided additional training for the team.
  • We have always had hand sanitizer available and will continue to do so until the supply runs out.
  • We have posted information form York Region Health.
March 22 edit: The hot tub and sauna have been closed to ensure proper social distancing between people. No gatherings in the the clubhouse are allowed for the same reason.

Whether at Bare Oaks or anywhere else, we encourage you to:
  • Wash your hands well and often with soap and water, or with alcohol based hand sanitizer. (don’t forget to wash your wrists, under your fingernails and in between your fingers)
  • Cough or sneeze into your arm or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and throw the tissue out immediately. Wash your hands afterwards.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice social distancing: no hugs, handshakes, kiss, etc...
  • Don't share utensils, pens, electronics, etc...
  • Avoid large crowds and groups
If you have any of the following symptoms, please do not come to Bare Oaks.
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny Nose
If you have been out of the country recently or exposed to someone with the virus, please do not come to Bare Oaks.

If you are older, have a serious chronic medical condition, or are immunocompromised you should stay home; please do not come to Bare Oaks.

Otherwise, we look forward to your visit!