On International Women’s Day 2012 (March 8) a group of women launched The Nude Photo Revolutionaries Calendar in support of Aliaa Magda Elmahdy. In October 2011, Elmahdy, a 20-year old Egyptian university student, posted a full-length nude photo of herself on her blog in a protest against free-expression and her society’s attitude towards women. The reaction was, not surprisingly, intense and polarizing.  Elmahdy’s blog received millions of visits. She became the target of enumerable death threats. But she also received extensive support from individuals and women’s rights groups including a group of Iranian women and men who risked death by posing nude with slogans against IslamicRead More →

On April 1st, Toronto Blogger Aviva Rubin wrote an article in the New York Times about how they are casually nude in their home with their children. Apparently she was unprepared for the intense reaction she received. In a follow-up column in today’s Globe and Mail she explains how she is “used to my parents providing advice and constructive criticism on my parenting methods – whether I agree or not, they’ve earned the right to weigh in. But it seems that putting “Naked with Children” in public gave the whole world that right.” I’ve posted a comment from a naturist’s point of view.  Since the G&MRead More →

A picture taken by Mark Blinch for Reuters last summer has been selected as one of the National Posts’ 25 oddest photos of 2011. As is often the case, we are lumped in with other “crazies”. But the normality of the photo speaks for itself and should raise good questions in many people’s minds. http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/12/29/25-oddest-photos-of-2011/Read More →

Occasionally, people have come to Bare Oaks and been disappointed because one of the amenities is unavailable due to maintenance issues. While we usually post notices in the clubhouse, you can’t see that until you get there. So we needed a better solution. In this age of technology and instant communications, there are many options. The Bare Oaks Blog is best suited to important announcement and news items. We don’t want to overwhelm everybody with a large number of minor blog postings. And not everyone wants to subscribe to another email list. So we’ve decided to use Twitter to provide status updates. The short messagesRead More →

In today’s Globe & Mail, Ian Brown talks about having a “Naked lunch – and naked breakfast“ at the Bare Bistro at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. You can read the article online by clicking here. Nobody at Bare Oaks had any idea that a Globe & Mail reporter had been there. He simply checked into one of the rooms like everyone else and didn’t tell anybody why he was there. Which is fine, of course, since we treat all our guest with equal respect. It’s just more useful for reporters to identify themselves if they want to spend some time discussing the philosophy ofRead More →

An article by Allison Cross of the Canwest News Service talks extensively about Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. The story is showing up on a number of Canwest newspaper websites. It’s is difficult to know how many of the newspapers have the story on their printed edition. Of course, it is great publicity either way in this age of electronic communications! Here are some of the links: Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Vancouver Sun,  Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, Canada.com, Windsor Star The story has also been picked up by a number of blogs and news aggregators such as WBIR an NBC TV affiliate in Knoxville, Tennessee and Internaturally. Expect more to pick this upRead More →

We thought that we were doing a good job of keeping everybody informed. Then we learned that some people were not aware of the many different methods that existed to keep in touch with what is happening at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. So we are going to make a concerted effort to be better communicators about our communications! We have added several new electronic contact options. Plus we have installed a bulletin board in the clubhouse that features a paper version of the news and events for those who don’t use the internet. So keep in touch using: Email: Subscribe on the front pageRead More →