Nudist History Book Published
Toronto, June 2, 2003
The Federation of Canadian Naturists is proud to announce the publishing
Au Naturel: The History of Nudism in Canada.
This incredibly thorough historical record was assembled
by Dr. James Woycke, a history professor at the University of Western
Dr. Woycke spent more than a decade researching the
history of Canadian nudism from Newfoundland to Vancouver island
and in the USA. He reviewed nearly a century of magazines, records,
and correspondence of nudist clubs and organizations. In addition
to those thousands of documents, he also interviewed dozens of naturists
from Canadian and Canadian-American clubs. The result is a fascinating
look, going back to the early 20th century, into the often controversial
development of nudism as it challenged Canadian legal and social
A few facts:
*1918* - The earliest club in Welland, Ontario
*1925* - the second club in Edmonton, Alberta
*1930* - The earliest informal vaction camps and freebeaches on
*Quebec* - The site of the only prosecution of nudism in Canada.
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.
* StÉphane DeschÊnes
Federation of Canadian Naturists
Telephone Interviews will be available by booking ahead of time.
Dr. Woycke will be in Toronto and available for studio interviews
on Thursday June 5 and Friday June 6. Interviews will be booked
on a first-come, first-served basis. StÉphane DeschÊnes, president
of the Federation of Canadian Naturists will be available at other
times for live interviews
A limited number of copies for review will be available to recognized
media outlets upon request mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Main Book Website: http:www.NudistHistory.ca
Book Table of Content: http:www.NudistHistory.ca/toc.html
Book Preface: http:www.NudistHistory.ca/Preface.html
Book cover artwork: Book_cover.pdf or Book_cover.jpg
(Note: The jpg version is a CMYK file which will not display properly
in some programs. CMYK is provided instead of RGB because it is
preferable for printed material.)
For background information, visit: http:www.fcn.ca/media
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) ,
with La FÉdÉration QuÉbÉcoise de Naturisme (FQN)
constitute the national nudist organization in Canada. Internationally
recognized by affiliation to the International Naturist Federation
(INF) , we strive to:
* promote naturism/nudism to Canadians
* help naturists and nudist find how and where they can enjoy the
* represent 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
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