I went to Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park today. In fact, I just got back to my hotel room, showered and hopped onto my tablet - I realy want to share my experience!
The morning started off dreary and wet so I checked the weather report for the Toronto area and saw that it should be clear skys by around ten am. Not sure what time it opened to visiters at so I checked there website but being a Sunday and the site lacking details for it I decided to wait till after it opened on most days and give them a quick call. After all, I didn't want to drive on unfamiluar roads to a place I wasn't sure was open when it was a good fourty five minutes away!
After confirming Sundays hours and what I'd need to bring with me I headed out. Living where I do and starting a naturist lifestyle as late in life as I have, has left me with precious little "public" nude time and even fewer oppoutunities to be socially nude. Which means, this is only my second time in a social setting that I'm getting naked.
Upon arrival I drive up to a gate and press a button for contacting the office. I'm greated kindly and asked if I'm a first time visitor and to please come to the office to register. I did ask, when I called if I could strip in the parking lot and come in to register (to which the answer was "yes") but I was a little apprehensive about stripping before registering. So I headed inside to get started. Greeted by some nice ladies in their official Bare Oaks uniforms (nude) the application (registration for first timers) was explained and I was asked to sit down and watch a short introduction video.
The video was pretty good and a really great idea to introduce a newby to naturism and the facility. It even had a little humour in it when it came to discussing the no clothes, nudity manditory policy.
Once the neccesities where out of the way I headed back to vehicle to deposit my clothes. Now, I had no reservations stripping in "public" in this private nature park. A quick spray of deep woods off and a gathering of things I'd need for the day and I headed on "in" to the park.
Hmm, is it realy, in, when your outside?
With a chill in the morning air, most people about (not that many) were clothed fully or partially nude. Me? Naked to my feet (they suggested flip flops). Armed with my bag of bug spray, towels, wallet/money, keys, phone and camera - did you hear that? The sound of screaching tires, a record being scratched - Camera? Yes, Bare Oaks allows pictures as long as certain rules are followed. OK, can I get back to it?
Where was I? Oh yes, I was heading in. First I went inside to the office/store and checked out the swag they had and then I wandered outside. The grounds where pretty, green, flowering and full of musical birds flitting about. With the sun shining and the wind blowing everything looked alive.
I wandered the park and took as many pictures of the facilities as I could as no one seemed to be all that keen to be outside that early in the day. This place is absolutely wonderful. As the day warmed up I continued to wonder around the trails, the lakes, the facilities - it's superb. I realy didn't want to leave, but I had to, it was the end of the day.
I managed to meet a number of people, Kim, Paul (and Toby the dog), Glen, Alice (If I remember correctly) and Lucas. Everyone was nice - despite the camera (in case you're wondering, no. I did not take pictures of people, just the scenery and facilities). While I occasionally wondered why so many people were clothed I never once felt out of place and quickly reminded myself that the wind was chilly. So I couldn't blame them a bit. Naturist's, not stupidist's after all! Hmm, starting to wonder about me now...
I picked some after sun spray as I was leaving, because I clearly got a lot of sun and was turning red. Yes, Sharlet. There may be a Santa Clause, cause I sure got what I asked for today.
I told the staff, I'll see you next Saturday. Oh, I just realized how that could come accross. Oh well, I mean it any way.
Thank you Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park for admitting lone males. I would not have otherwise had this experience.