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Canada’s oldest nudist club celebrating 80 years of clothing-free fun
The VanTan club was the first of its kind when it opened in 1939

Canada’s oldest nudist club, the VanTan Club, celebrates its 80th anniversary this Saturday, Aug.10.

Founded in 1939, the club was the first of its kind to open in Vancouver, as well as the country. During the club’s inception, not many people had cars, and, as a result, they’d arrive to the club’s property by bus or on foot.

The VanTan Club celebrates its 80th anniversary this Saturday.
The VanTan Club celebrates its 80th anniversary this Saturday. Van Tan Nudist Club

Nowadays, the club meets at a North Vancouver property, but they no longer have a clubhouse. However, the property offers, “a wood-fired sauna and hot tub, facilities for volleyball, badminton, horseshoes, shuffleboard, croquet, bocci, children’s play equipment, spacious lawns for sunning, and lots of shade trees.”

Prospective members must visit the property up to three times to determine whether their membership application will be considered. The club describes itself as friendly, but without imposing on the personal freedom and privacy of each member. It also describes itself as a “family friendly naturist club” and is affiliated with the American Association of Nude Recreation.

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Source: Vancouver Courier

Original publication AUGUST 7, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 19th August 2019

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Naturism, an “activity” more and more popular
Summer and its heat push people to remove a few layers of excess clothing. The followers of naturists go to them completely naked. The trendy practice attracts both older and younger people. Many see it as a way of being free without fearing the eyes of others. We talk about it with Michel Vaïs, the founder of the Quebec Federation of Naturism .

“Naturism is a way of living in harmony with nature that is characterized by the practice of nudity in common and which has the effect of promoting self-respect, that of others and care for the environment, says he in interview. This is the definition that has been adopted by the International Naturist Federation, which has been in existence for half a century. It brings together some forty countries. “

Nudists head for the waters of Sunset Beach in Vancouver, British Columbia on July 18, 2013
Nudists head for the waters of Sunset Beach in Vancouver, British Columbia on July 18, 2013

The founder and author of the book Nu, simply. Nudity, nudism and naturism (Triptyque, 2012) explains that summer is an ideal season for naturists to reconnect with nature. “When the weather is nice, clothes are really a burden. They can be very bulky. Especially the swimsuit because of elastics. If you think about it a little bit, it’s not very serious to have to get dressed to get wet. When you take a bath, you do not wear a swimsuit. It’s so much better to wear nothing at all. ”

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Source: RCI Radio Canada International

Original publication July 27, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 15th August 2019

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

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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A semi-secret nudist colony in North Van is having an open house tomorrow

On Saturday July 7th, 2018th the VanTan Nudist Club will be holding an open house.

If you’ve never heard of them before, you’re not alone. The club operates quietly, despite being the oldest club of their kind in all of Canada.

VanTan is conveniently tucked away on the North Shore
VanTan is conveniently tucked away on the North Shore

They describe themselves as a “family friendly naturist club” and are affiliated with the American Association of Nude Recreation.

The reason for the open house is that the club is seeking new members. As a sort-of-co-op they’re actually owned by their members.

As you would expect they operate off the grid on a 3 hectare property, complete with composting toilets and solar power. A wood fired sauna awaits your nakedness. Heck, there’s probably naked people in it right now as you read this. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Vancouver is Awesome

Original publication July 6, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 22nd July 2018

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Important safety tip: Don’t fish naked
Humour columnist Bruce Gravel shares the story of the hook that went astray

The following is the naked truth; only the names have been changed.

In the 1970s, when in their 20s, friends of ours (let’s call them Felicity and Brendan) decided it would be fun to visit a naturist resort for a day. (Yes, naturist means nudist, but adherents prefer naturist. It sounds classier.)

Fishing naked is generally a bad idea, as a visit to a naturist community proved.
Fishing naked is generally a bad idea, as a visit to a naturist community proved. MetroCreative Graphics

Living in Montreal, they heard of such a resort in the Laurentian mountains north of the city. So one fine sunny Saturday in July, off they drove.

The resort was well off the beaten track (naturally). They ended up on a narrow dirt road cutting through dense woods. They came upon a gate blocking the road. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: My Kawartha

Original publication Jun 11, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 19th June 2018

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‘Shock and anger’ as Vancouver nudist beachgoers say their view is being spoiled

A man-made yellow fixture in the waters near Vancouver’s nudist beach is making waves among locals and in the research community.

A wave-energy measurement device sits off Wreck Beach in Vancouver.
A wave-energy measurement device sits off Wreck Beach in Vancouver. FOR STARMETRO / JENNIFER GAUTHIER

Some Wreck Beach regulars recoiled when they first saw the 10-foot-tall structure appear near their beloved shores in February.

“Shock doesn’t even begin to describe it, but anger does,” said Judy Williams, of the Wreck Beach Preservation Society.

“They are messing with the viewscape that people come to this city to see.” Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The Star Vancouver

Original publication April 10, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 14th April 2018

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Man Files Complaint About “Excessive Nudity” In Men’s Locker Room
“I don’t think it’s right that these men make it so uncomfortable for others with their nudity.”

A Canadian man is complaining about what he describes as “excessive nudity” in the men’s changing room at his local public pool.

Norm Waddell goes to the Cowichan Aquatic Centre in Duncan, British Columbia, for physiotherapy. He told staff the men’s locker room is packed with elderly men letting it all hang free. Waddell admits they’re not doing anything illegal, but insists the lockers are for public use and everyone should feel comfortable in them.

“I don’t think it’s right that these men make it so uncomfortable for others with their nudity,” he said. “I have a son who is not comfortable with it either. There are separate cubicals and shower stalls in the change rooms so these men should be made to use them.” Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Logo newnownext

Original publication 1/23/2018

Posted on NatCorn 2nd February 2018

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Nudist Reality vs. Cancelled Calgary Nude Swimming Event

It’s 2018 and the community that wears a swimsuit in the pool or ocean has a long way to go to understand the nudist lifestyle and values Recently the city of Calgary cancelled a nude swimming event planned for an indoor swimming/recreation facility sponsored by the group Calgary Nude Recreation.

This wasn’t the first time a nudist group had rented a city of Calgary owned facility for an event and it won’t be the last either. Unfortunately this time, public outcry and threats of violence pushed city officials to cancel the event. An online petition supported by more than 22,000 people framed the argument against the event stating the following concerns:

“I respect the concept and believe in an 18+ setting it could be a popular event. However, having naked children around a bunch of naked adults doesnt seem like a good idea for any reason. Realistically there is alot of mental illness out there that this event could trigger/effect. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Clothing Optional Trips

Original publication January 21, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 28th January 2018

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This is the Weirdest Press Release We’ve Gotten All Week
Hint: it involves nudists.

As you can imagine, as the editors of a publication that reports on the best of our fair city, we get a lot of hot news tips in our inbox. Publicists will reach out to let us know about cool restaurant openings, entrepreneurs will share info about their startups and big brands will send over their fall lookbooks, all in hopes of coverage for print or here online. Most of the time, these emails help us do our job, inspiring stories and assignments and keeping us in the loop about what’s going on in the city. (Keep it up, you sweet things.)

But other times, we’ll take a nice big sip of hot coffee, open a press release and do a spit-take—this morning, for example, when we received a note from a mysterious American PR company. The subject line? “Why Nudists’ Favorite Kitchen Aid is the Slow Cooker.”

At first, we thought we might be reading a release from the beloved appliance brand KitchenAid, but upon further reading, this was very much not the case. Rather, it was a dispatch from the publicist of the American Association for Nude Recreation, sent from Kissimmee, Florida (presumably where national headquaters is located? Scared to Google it in case IT takes our computers away). Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Vancouver Magazine

Original publication 29 November 2017

8th December 2017
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Nudity in pool locker rooms: natural or offensive?
Roland Bérard has been using Brossard’s indoor pool for 30 years.

It never occurred to the 67-year-old healing facilitator and former engineer that it was inappropriate to take all his clothes off in the locker room to shower and change.

But the South Shore municipality informed swimmers in its November newsletter that nudity is forbidden in changing rooms.

“I’m all for respect," says Roland Bérard, pictured outside the complex that houses the Antoine-Brossard pool, "but when I’m taking my shower, I don’t want to wear my bathing suit.”
“I’m all for respect,” says Roland Bérard, pictured outside the complex that houses the Antoine-Brossard pool, “but when I’m taking my shower, I don’t want to wear my bathing suit.” John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette

“The city would like to remind users of the public pools that in the changing rooms, they must be clothed, covered up or use the cubicles or toilets,” aquatic supervisor Dominique Lavigne wrote in an email to Bérard after he sent a query about the new rules.

Locker-room etiquette will get even more complicated two years from now, when Brossard opens a new aquatic centre with a universal changing room, rather than separate ones for men and women. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Montreal Gazette

16th November 2017
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Keep Calm and Stay Naked
It’s that time of year again when naturists/nudists go into a bit of hibernation of sorts. I have blogged previously about my experiences and tips for surviving as a naturist through the long Canadian winter (Check them out here and here if you like) and have not yet thought of anything of value to add on the subject.

With nothing of value to add to the surviving the winter naked conversation, I decide to start a different post than my usual “naturist experience” based ones, with the topic of current state of naturism as I saw it and the underlying politics and problems holding us back. But ultimately if got a little depressing and I could not remember what I thought would be the benefit of my rambling complaints.

Rather than focus on the ridiculous state of affairs at the International NaturistFederation or the sad (but totally understandable) announcement from YoungNaturists/Nudists of America that they are winding down all YNA operations, and don’t get me started on the many so called Twitter naturists who are really just porno addicted, dick pic sending perverts. This paragraph alone should show you how sad that post would have been
Instead I wanted to talk about the positive things going on and in the world of Naturism. There is plenty going on that give me hope that being a naturist is getting better and easier than even a few years ago. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Nude in Canada

9th November 2017
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Winter Naturism

Well, it’s that time of year once again! For us up in the northern hemisphere we’re already feeling the bitter snow in the west, and fall like temps to the east (Canada).

Does this mean it’s time to do like the bears and hibernate in the warmth of our home? Of course not! Sure, many of us rather the summer like temps such as us to be able to spend the whole day outdoors being natural. There are many things you can do to enjoy winter a little more by taking these ideas into consideration. Check to see if your local Naturist federation or club has indoor activities! Yes, some federations and clubs do offer winter recreation. For instance, here in Quebec/Ontario there is the Federation of Canadian Naturists, Federation of Quebec Naturists and the Ottawa Naturists. Events and activities vary, however, they offer similar things. Swimming, Spa, exercise gym, badminton, Tennis, Christmas and or New Years Dinner or parties, etc! If you give your local federation(s) or club(s) a try to enjoy it, please support them by becoming a member. This enables them to use the money for future events! Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The Naturist Page

30th October 2017
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1,000 families project: naked among the oak trees—a mom of two embraces naturism
In this family, mom practises naturism and enjoys hanging out in the nude with her two naked little cherubs. Dad? He’d rather keep his clothes on.

Never had I imagined I would become a naturist overnight. But after visiting Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park in East Gwilliumbury, Ontario, that is exactly what happened.

I moved to the area six short years ago, and must have passed the highway sign more than a hundred times. Each time I thought, “‘I wonder what it’s like, I wish I had the nerve to bare it all in public.”

Naturism—for those who don’t know—is the practice and advocacy of personal and social nudity. I would soon find out there are different degrees of being a naturist. Some people are recreational naturists, and others refer to it as a lifestyle based on personal, family and/or social nudism.

Here is how naturism found me. I had been passing that naturism highway sign for nearly two years until I realized that the only thing stopping me from following my curiosity was a thin layer of cotton fabric on a hot summer day. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The New Family

26th October 2017
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When looking for new naturist friends

It’s not all that easy when it comes to finding like-minded peers in Montreal to be able to consider as friends when it comes to the Naturist lifestyle. The reason for this maybe more me, however, this same fear or anxiety that I have might be shared with others having this same concern.

I have been in the chatrooms, meetup groups, searching Facebook groups to find people who I can relate with — with no real success. Don’t get me wrong, I have found many friends online who I can relate with. the only problem is, they live very far away. I have trusted Naturist friends in the USA, Europe, Australia, Canada, etc. Just none close enough to the Montreal region. I use to have two good Naturist friends. (Alex and Jean) I now just have Jean, since Alex has retired and has been traveling across the USA and Canada now with his new partner Betty. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The Naturist Page

24th October 2017
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Skinny-dipping in the Adirondacks

The Adirondacks are great for hiking and kayaking, but even relaxing by a creek may turn out very special there, as it happened to us at the so-called Potholers on the East Canada Creek. One of the reasons was that it was secluded enough to have the spot to ourselves most of the time, so we stayed comfortably naked.

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Upstream from where we stayed, the creek was deep enough for swimming.

Downstream were the rocks, flat and comfortable – you can’t ask for a better way of relaxation than chilling outdoors with the sound of running water. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Active Naturists

18th October 2017