How sad that naturists in the Simcoe County area of Ontario are striking out in their quest to have a small portion of the longest freshwater beach in the world officially declared a clothing-optional spot.
After all, they are taxpayers, too, and Wasaga Beach is a provincial park — with 14 kilometres of sandy shore. There is ample room on the beach to accommodate them.
I only became aware of this situation today, when I came across an article published on Simcoe.com. Apparently, a group of naturists have been asking the local municipality — Wasaga Beach — “to convince the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to set aside a portion of the provincial park as clothing optional,” Simcoe.com reports.
John Cropper, who is leading the naturists, says one end of the beach “has been unofficially used as a clothing-optional beach since the 1900s. We’ve been going there for many, many years, but because it’s not official, the MNR will come along sometimes and ask us to move or cover up.”
Cropper and his group have been lobbying the the ministry since 2000, the report says, and they held a protest at the beach last August.
At the Dec. 22 town council meeting, the matter was referred to the municipality’s tourism committee for review, the paper reports. But then has this quote from a committee spokesperson: “I would think we would have better things to offer,” noted Coun. Ron Ego.
Cropper and company point out that an official clothing-optional section on the beach would draw naturists from such places as Quebec — where I live. I can assure you that I would visit the beach if it offered me that option, and I wouldn’t be going alone. It would be a wonderful driving destination for naturists in Ontario and Quebec — and it would bring in some tourism dollars to the local community.
It seems a no-brainer: This is the longest freshwater beach in the world, owned by taxpayers, including naturists.
To deny them an area to “enjoy nature as God created them,” to quote the article, is discriminatory — and should not be tolerated in this new era of Liberal governments in Canada.
Naturists in Quebec and Ontario should rally around this cause. I’ll have more on this . . .