How Canada’s oldest nudist club helped this filmmaker understand his family history


Vancouver’s Daniel Berish learned that his grandparents met at a nudist club, so he headed to one himself

Daniel Berish was going through old photographs with his grandmother one day when they came across one of her as a young woman in the forest, wrapped in a towel and beaming at the camera.

“I was like, ‘Where is this?’ And she’s like, ‘Oh, that’s the nudist club where I met your grandfather,'” Berish told As It Happens host Carol Off. “And I was like, ‘Excuse me?'”

Zella Berish pictured in front of a rock wall at a nudist club when she was a young woman
Credit Uncertain Zella Berish pictured in front of a rock wall at a nudist club when she was a young woman / Nude To Me/Hot Docs

That conversation stuck with the Vancouver filmmaker. Years later, after his grandmother Zella Berish had died, he headed to Canada’s oldest nudist club to learn more about the lifestyle and how it shaped his grandparents’ romance.

Nude To Me, a documentary short, premieres Thursday at the Toronto Hot Docs online film festival and streams next month on CBC Gem.

The Van Tan Naturist Club — tucked away in an idyllic forest on North Vancouver’s Fromme Mountain — was founded in 1939. Berish called it “a hidden gem.”

“You go up this old logging road and you’re surrounded by just beautiful Douglas fir forests, and you come across this tiny little corner of the forest and it opens up to the club, and it’s just a beautiful little secret garden,” he said.

Van Tan residents adhere to the principles of naturism, a lifestyle that encourages non-sexualized nudity.

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Source: CBC

Original publication 28 April, 2021

Posted on NatCorn 9th May 2021

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