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Nobody should have to take legal risks for skinnydipping

Sunday, August 12, 2018 7:45 PM | Anonymous

Calgary Nude Recreation was established in the belief that contextually-appropriate social nudity can be a powerful tool for individuals to gain confidence, free themselves from body-shame, and allow a new connection with the self and others. We strive to create spaces where nudity is normalized, empowering, and beneficial to our community.

What we are trying to accomplish

We are trying to establish naturism as a lawful activity and a legal form a recreation for all Canadians. People should be allowed to enjoy the forest in the most natural state.

Event permits denied

Our applications for outdoor events in secluded locations have been denied on the grounds that nudity is always illegal under the Criminal Code of Canada.  We do not agree with that interpretation.  The law allows plenty of wiggle room for Wreck Beach, Hanlan’s Point Beach, Crystal Crescent Beach, World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) events in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, and countless other examples.  Enjoying the forest in the most natural state should be on that list.

Is nudity illegal?

Criminal Code section 174 is the law that speaks to nudity and is incredibly short.  Here is section 174 in its entirety:


174 (1) Everyone who, without lawful excuse,

(a) is nude in a public place, or

(b) is nude and exposed to public view while on private property, whether or not the property is his own,

is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

Marginal note: Nude

(2) For the purposes of this section, a person is nude who is so clad as to offend against public decency or order.

Marginal note: Consent of Attorney General

(3) No proceedings shall be commenced under this section without the consent of the Attorney General.

Next Step: Obtaining legal advice

Calgary Nude Recreation believes section 174 can be subject to several arguments in favour of contextually-appropriate nude recreation being allowable. We have spoken with a law firm familiar with constitutional law who believes they can help advance our cause.  Money raised via the Legal Fund will establish the best path to ensure those participating in nude recreation are not subject to the threat of criminal prosecution.

Not just about Calgary anymore

We anticipate the outcome of our work to apply nationally, blazing a trail and creating a road map for others to use.

How can I help?

Please consider donating to our Legal Fund.  More information on our values, goals, and story can be found throughout this site and on the Legal Fund page.

Read more updates HERE on our Blog page.

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