Canadians are more open to letting it all hang out than they were 15 years ago, a new poll from the Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN) says.
The FCN surveyed 1,015 Canadians aged 18 and over about their experience and attitude toward nudity and naturism, a followup to a survey the group conducted in 1999.
The new survey found just over two in three Canadians (69%) have engaged in naturist behaviours — such as sleeping in the nude, skinny-dipping and attending nude beaches and resorts — and the same ratio is open to doing so in the future.
"Perhaps we've all had enough of the over-sexualization and objectification of our bodies and we are ready to retake control," said Stephane Deschenes, a spokeswoman for Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park north of Toronto. "But I also think that running around naked and skinny-dipping is fun!"
The survey found Albertans have the greatest openness to trying nude experiences.
"It was a bit of a surprise to me," Deschenes said. "We think of Albertans as conservative and traditional. But that is either a misconception or changing."
FCN says the poll has a margin of error of 2.3 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.