GoGirlfriend takes naked on vacation
Come to Ontario and get naked. We've got two great resorts to share with you today - swimming, camping, nature hikes, outdoor activities, a massage in the woods, rooms to rent, dancing at night, volleyball, music festivals. And it's all done naked in true naturist (nudist) style. The freedom of a textile-free vacation meeting friendly people from around the world has its naked appeal.
Ms GoGirlfriend and I annually explore a new naturist resort or facility as we travel. Here's a summary of our two favorites in Ontario.
Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park
Travel about 45 minutes north of Toronto and you'll discover a large resort with natural wilderness, camping facilities, guest rooms to rent, bistro, pool, hot tub and spring-fed lake and lots of trails to stroll au naturel. Bare Oaks promotes a pure naturist philosophy and requires complete nudity (to the weather conditions) over a clothing-optional facility. Their "First visit", onboarding experience offers a comprehensive intro video and orientation to the facility to ensure your naturist experience begins as comfortable and relaxed as possible.
When we visited this past summer, we booked the King Room and brought picnic foods to supplement the bistro selection for our weekend stay. A picnic on the great lawn overlooking the stream and dinner on the patio made for perfect food day. It was family weekend and the park was full with families and family activities - kids' activities, volleyball, a nude band, campfires, nude yoga - everyone having a great time.
We spent our days strolling, swimming, meeting others in the hot tub, lounging on the main green and we each booked a wonderful hour-long naked massage in a screened gazebo in the forest [GoGirlfriend recommendation]. Bare Oaks gave us together time in a body-accepting naturist environment. The facilities were great and guests extremely friendly.
Check out others reviews of the Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park on Trip Advisor. To book a room or campsite, head to their Bare Oaks Accommodations page. Join in on the conversation with the Bare Oaks Blog, Facebook or Twitter feed to see the current topics and events.
Ponderosa Nature Resort
An hour west of Toronto near Guelph, the Ponderosa was our first nudist experience a few years ago. With sprawling grounds, campsites, a large clubhouse, a very large pool, a 20 person outdoor hot tub with swim up bar (smaller 8-person hot tub indoors), sauna, bar, restaurant and rooms/trailers to rent we easily fell into the comfort and freedom of textile-free relaxation.
The Ponderosa is well known for their annual Nudist Volleyball Tournament and by their calendar of events have lots of activities, dances and pig roasts to engage the community. This past year was their first ever NudestockNorth, a naked music celebration. FYI, if you enjoy a quieter nudist experience, this is not the resort for you. The music is loud and carries into the early morning on summer weekends.
Our three visits here have ranged from camping, renting a house trailer and rooming in the main lodge. We've enjoyed socializing in the hot tubs meeting other nudists from across North America, and had unbelievable fun one summer night at their Friday night "Bare as U Dare" dance. With new management over the past decade, the upgrades to the facilities are improving the overall resort and naturist experience. We're looking forward to seeing what happens next with this resort.
Check out others reviews of the Ponderosa Nature Resort on Trip Advisor. To book a room or campsite, head to their Ponderosa Accommodations page. Join in on the conversation with their Facebook feed, and check out their 2013 lineup for Nudestock.
[Sidenote] Four Seasons Nudist Resort and Glen Echo Park - sadly, the popular Freelton Four Season Nudist Resort and Glen Echo Park in King, Ontario have both ceased being clothing optional resorts with recent ownership changes. The Four Seasons Nudist Resort has changed to the clothing-mandatory Fernbrook Resort and Glen Echo Park is now privately owned and operated in a non-park property - so sad! Two great opportunities lost for naturists in Ontario. Seems we'll have to travel a little farther for our next naked resort experience.
Nuding across North America
As diverse as our great continent is, so are the diverse opportunities for enjoying the naturist experience. Whether you and your partner seek a naturist resort or nude beach, expose yourself to these opportunities:
- American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR)
- Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN)
- International Naturist Federation (INF)
Naturist virgin? Just relax already!
Even if you're a naturist virgin, most facilities embrace a welcoming atmosphere and will give you time to acclimate to the experience. Whether arriving single or as a couple the new experience of completely undressing and publicly presenting your naked self to the world takes getting used to - getting past your gymnophobia [fear of nudity]. Natural arousal and sexual intensity, as a by-product of adjusting to the au naturel and nudist lifestyle, quickly relaxes away as you find the freedom. The naturist philosophy is one of body acceptance and enjoying the skin you live in.
- Check out the movie Act Naturally about coming to terms with your gymnophobia! [GoGirlfriend recommendation]
Check out the GoGirlfriend stories linked below of some of our Caribbean naturist adventures. We're constantly seeking new opportunities to uncover a great naturist resort, nude beach, or opportunity for partners to get a little closer with a natural, healthy exposing experience.