Friday, April 27, 2012


ISBN-13: 978-0-9682332-3-8
Writer: James Edward Woycke
Title: Au Naturel
Subtitle: The History of Nudism in Canada
Language: English
Place of Publication: Etobicoke & Ancaster, ON
Publishers: The Federation of Canadian Naturists &
Anecdote Productions
Year of Publication: 2003
Format: 151x228mm (trimmed)
Pages: vi+266; Index, 265
Front Cover Design: Ian Cruickshank
Binding: Paperback in colour wrappers
Original Price: CAD29.95 / USD19.95
Weight: 448gr.
Entry No.: N/A
Entry Date: N/A


Dr. James Woycke spent more than a decade researching the history of Canadian nudism from Newfoundland to Vancouver island and in the USA.

Dr. Woycke, a history professor at the University of Western Ontario, reviewed nearly a century of magazines, records, and correspondence of nudist clubs and organizations. In addition to thoser thousands of documents, he interviewed dozens of naturists from Canadian and Canadian-American clubs. The result is a fascinating look into the often controversial development of nudism as it challenged Canandian legal and social norms.

1918 the earliest club in Welland, Ontario
1925 the second club in Edmonton, Alberta
1930 the earliest informal vacation camps and freebeaches in what is now Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island

Quebec the site of the only prosecution of nudism in Canada, during the Duplessis regime in Quebec. But nudists had the last laugh: after the Quiet Revolution Quebec became the most liberated province in the country, with more and larger clubs and more free beaches than any other region of Canada.

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