Author: Doug Beckett
The great weekend and holiday getaway that streams year round from every Canadian community indicates as much as anything our need to escape the stress of modern society. And those who study this condition claim that stress is now the fastest growing symptom of our troubled western civilization.
We need some degree of nature to recreate in mind and body what has been drained by the daily grind. Our willingness to endure long hours of travel on overloaded highways or waiting in line at recreation grounds shows something of this need.
Even in a country as vast as this, it seems that every acre south of the northern wilderness either belongs or is leased to someone who plans to mine it, deforest it, farm it or sell it for intensive development. There remains little of that natural environment we enjoyed even twenty-five years ago. Natural surroundings are becoming a highly endangered resource. Every year nature gets pushed farther away from our everyday living and in subtle ways gets less natural.
But now we feel sure that naturism offers one of the best of all possible solutions in that it combines such a simple and natural lifestyle with the lowest possible impact on the environment. But even for naturists, rare enough are suitable and accessible places that provide natural environments with enough privacy for nude recreation or naturist living.
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The Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN) and the Fédération québécoise de naturisme (FQN) share the Canadian membership in the International Naturist Federation (INF), which has its world headquarters in Antwerp, Belgium.