Posted by: cherylyoung | January 2, 2013

Bare It All On Wreck Beach.bathing suits are not considered the main accessory

BARE IT ALL ON WRECK BEACH

By Daniel Wood

To some this is Sodom and Gomorrah: to others, it’s the Garden of Eden.

One thing is certain.  Wreck Beach, northeast of Vancouver’s Point Grey

headland, is a symbol of all that is hedonistic, eccentric, and

nature-loving in Lotusland.

The famous beach is British Columbia’s leading “unofficial” tourist

attraction .

Each summer tens of thousand of  nudists descend on Wreck Beach

for an exhibiton of skin unequalled in North America.

It began in the early 1970’s as a hippie/anarchist enclave where

long haired drummers and naked dancers improvised and vendors

shouted “Choclate Shroooms” and “happy cookies”

In recent years, it has morphed into a less bohemian place where

all ages and body shapes recline against beach logs to soak up the sun,

and vendors require licences to sell food, drink, apparel, massages a

nd Tarot readings.

While authorities once tried to stop the mass nudism, tody, police are

unperturbed by the naked assembly (though happy cookies are still

a no-no)  tourists may sometimes gawk at the display of tanned flesh.

But Wreck Beach has attained a sort of mythic status, unassailable as

an icon of maverick West Coat freedom

Info: (www.wreckbeach.org)

Don’t Miss

Wreck Beach Day with sandcastles and nude games

Butoh dancers’ nude beach Performance in July

250.000 Annual number of people using Wreck Beach

CHERYL C YOUNG

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY B.C

www.cherylyoung.ca

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