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 p├ętanque. 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.