What is Naturism/Nudism?

Prior Lake has a well established and continuous history of being a sanctuary for nudists to practice naturism for over 75 years. The Prior Lake Naturist Preservation Committee (PLNPC) was created to preserve and protect our little bit of paradise so that naturism can be enjoyed here by everyone indefinitely. One of the most important ways that we can ensure naturism’s longevity is to embrace the philosophy and values of naturism, and perpetuate it by practicing family values in our activities and social interactions.

Naturism is defined by Wikipedia as “a lifestyle of non-sexual nudity, and the cultural movement which advocates and defends that lifestyle. Both may also be referred to as nudism. Though the two terms are largely interchangeable, nudism emphasizes the practice of nudity, whereas naturism highlights an attitude favoring harmony with nature and respect for the environment, into which that practice is integrated.”

In 1974, the International Naturist Federation (INF) defined naturism as “a way of life in harmony with nature characterised by the practice of communal nudity with the intention of encouraging self-respect, respect for others and for the environment.”

Naturists comes from all walks of life, with a diverse range of social, educational, and cultural backgrounds, and we share common core values and principles. The Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN) acknowledges that there are “three accepted principles of naturism: 1) respect for one’s self; 2) respect for others; and 3) respect for the environment. Together, they form a basic standard of conduct among naturists. These principles can be observed wherever genuine naturism is practised, from clubs and clothing-optional beaches to events organized by non-landed clubs and even in the family home. […] Parents of young children tend to appreciate naturism’s strong family values. Some might be drawn to the strong sense of community and social equality. There may also be some who appreciate the more intrinsic values of naturism, such as authenticity and openness, as well as a profound way to connect to the natural world.”

The naturists at Prior Lake wholeheartedly agree with and endorse these values.

The FCN further states that “When people initially encounter the subject of naturists, what they notice at first glance is nudity. Yet by looking beyond the obvious and learning about their principles and values, many non-naturists are pleasantly surprised to discover that they share many of the same fundamental beliefs as naturists. In doing so, they can gain an understanding that challenges their assumptions about naturism, which may lead them to consider that this way of life is ultimately as relatable as it is inviting.”

We advocate the tradition of social nudity as a family-oriented practice at Prior Lake. We encourage and endorse that naturism remains distinctly a non-sexual activity. To that end, we expect that naturists at Prior Lake will conduct themselves with care and awareness, always respectful of other naturists, their privacy, and their right to enjoy naturism in a peaceful, wholesome and welcoming family-oriented environment.

If you are new to naturism/nudism, we encourage you explore the website of the Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN) — a member-supported, not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering a greater understanding, acceptance and appreciation of naturism as a way of life. On their website, you can discover the benefits of naturism, read through the FCN’s Frequently Asked Questions, learn about naturism’s values and principleswomen and naturismchildren and naturismnaturism and the law in Canada, as well as the history of naturism in Canada. You may even wish to become a member of the Federation of Canadian Naturists.

We also encourage you to read through the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), which addresses some of the most common curiosities and concerns that newcomers have about social nudity. AANR, founded in 1931, is a naturist organization based in the United States and is the largest and longest established organization of its kind in North America. In their Nudist’s Bill of Rights, AANR proudly affirms that naturists have, and are entitled to exercise, a series of rights that are “self-evident and based on the Constitutions of the United States and Canada, the laws of those countries, and their court rulings.” The organization advocates for naturism/nudism, with the intention to promote and defend the rights of law-abiding naturists/nudists. Canadians may also wish to become members of the American Association for Nude Recreation.