Kelly's Beach, which stretches for 25 kilometres of the south Kouchibouguac dune, is only accessible from the main park area via a 1.2 kilometre boardwalk.Julia Wright / CBC

Naked truth: exposing the myth of Kouchibouguac’s ‘semi-official nude beach’
People get naked every year on Kelly’s Beach — to the displeasure of Parks Canada

Want to get back to nature?

It’s hard to imagine a more ideal setting that the pristine forests and beaches of Kouchibouguac National Park on New Brunswick’s Acadian coast.

But some visitors, park officials say, are taking it way too far.

The beach rules posted at Kelly's Beach don't expressly prohibit nude sunbathing.Julia Wright / CBC
The beach rules posted at Kelly’s Beach don’t expressly prohibit nude sunbathing.

Kelly’s Beach — a 25-kilometre stretch of dunes along the Northumberland Strait accessible only by a pedestrian boardwalk — is popular for its warm salt water, picturesque views, and endangered piping plovers.

But it’s also a hotspot for naturists — or nudists — who for years have enjoyed au naturel sunbathing, swimming and socializing in an isolated area south of the supervised beach.

“It does happen almost every year,” said Kouchibouguac visitor experience manager Jérôme Lussier. “Parks Canada is aware that this practice does occur at Kelly’s Beach, but it is not allowed.”

That hasn’t deterred some from letting it all hang out.

Kelly’s has been ranked among the “best nude beaches in Canada” by Cottage Life magazine, featured by photo-entertainment website the Chive as a place to find “naked Canadians,” and profiled on numerous nudist blogs. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: CBC

Original publication Aug 12, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 10th September 2018

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