Canadian RV Park Nixes Nudity

Located just northeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Crocus Grove Campground has been catering to naturist campers and RVers ever since its beginning in 1969. Recently, however, the clothing-optional RV park announced that guests will have to start wearing clothes again.

New federal and provincial water improvement regulations are going to cost park owners Ray and Susan Ryynanen between $15,000 and $50,000. The extra expense, combined with a steady decline in the number of clothes-free campers, has forced the Ryynanens to nix the nudity option in an effort to broaden their potential client and increase revenue. They will also be changing the name to Sandhill Pines RV Park and Campground.

“It’s too bad that it’s had to go this route,” said Susan Ryynanen. “That’s just the way it’s happened… . We just have to cope with the additional costs, and maintain the same size of campground. So we need to go public and expand our horizons.”

The majority of Crocus campers have stated that while the change in name and policy is unfortunate, they understand that it’s necessary and will continue to frequent the park.

Although diehard naturists will no longer be permitted to do their thing at Sandhill Pines, Ryynanen said that the nearby Patricia Beach area will continue to welcome nudists.

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