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August 23, 1999


2.7 Million Nudists/Naturists in Canada

In a survey commissioned earlier this year, the Federation of Canadian Naturists determined that 2.7 million Canadians have a naturist/nudist mindset because they either visit or are willing to visit clothing-optional beaches or naturist clubs and resorts.

A further 3.5 million Canadians have naturist tendencies because they are comfortable with skinny-dipping in mixed company. This gives us a total of 6.1 million Canadian who have some interest in naturism.

The survey also reveals that while naturists can be found everywhere, they tend to be more common in urban areas. They are also more likely to have a higher income.

"We wanted to know how many naturists there were in Canada," says Stéphane Deschênes, a director in the Federation of Canadian Naturists.

"Naturism is a state of mind, not a label," Deschênes explained. He adds that a survey was the only way to count the many Canadians who only practice naturism in secluded spots or while on vacation.

The survey points out the need for the development of more naturist recreational areas. There are approximately 50 naturist clubs in Canada but many Canadians live too far away from them. Currently, only Toronto and Vancouver have official clothing-optional beaches.

"We hope that this survey will emphasize to governments that naturism is a popular recreational option that needs to be provided for," says Deschênes. "We need to start treating naturism for what it is - a wholesome activity which encourages a healthy mind and body."

As defined by the International Naturist Federation, Naturism is a way of life in harmony with nature, characterized by the practice of communal nudity, with the intention of encouraging respect for oneself, respect for others and for the environment.

The Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN) and La Fédération Québécoise de Naturisme (FQN) together constitute the national naturist/nudist organization in Canada recognized by the International Naturist Federation (INF). The FCN:

- promotes naturism/nudism to Canadians - helps naturists/nudists find how and where they may enjoy the naturist/nudist lifestyle - represents the interests of Canadian naturist/nudist individuals, families, clubs, resorts, and organizations.

The International Naturist Federation (INF) represents naturists in over 30 countries. Founded in August 1953 at the Montalivet naturist resort in France and based in Belgium, it is dedicated to the world-wide acceptance of naturist ideals and lifestyle-recreational social nudism.

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