Summer’s here and the time is right for going to the beach. Some of us choose to do that in the traditional way — in a bathing suit — while others like to go a step further for the true feeling of freedom.
That’s right, we’re talking about clothing-optional beaches here. North Americans are still a bit prudish compared to their European counterparts when it comes to bathing in the buff, but that doesn’t mean Canada is without skinny-dipping havens.
If you’re feeling adventurous, want to take a ‘nakation’ or just want to try something new, here are a few suggestions of places you might find the freedom you crave.
Wreck Beach: Located in Pacific Spirit Regional Park in British Columbia, it is Canada’s best known and North America’s second largest clothing-optional beach and spans 7.8 k.m. Close to UBC College and downtown Vancouver, the beach is easily accessible.
Hanlan's Point Beach: On Toronto Island, Hanlan’s Point is a quiet oasis near the downtown of Canada’s largest city.
Oka Park: Close to Montréal, Oka Park is a popular spot often referred to as "Okapulco." The 12th Canadian Naturist Festival meets here Aug. 6 .
Crystal Crescent Beach: This Nova Scotia haven promises white sand and turquoise water. A popular spot, Crystal Crescent is noted for being serene and peaceful.
Beechgrove: Located in Scarborough, Beechgrove is easily accessible by car or public transportation. Not an unofficial nude beach, it's a big beach and there are many secluded areaas where swimmers bear it all before diving in.