Thanks to a major dress code change, Canada's Calypso Waterpark allows topless women. Located just east of Ottawa, the park, which is run by Calypso-Valcartier Group, confirmed the change to Le Droit.
Previously the park used to prohibit women from showing their bare breasts while on the property, however, that is no longer the case. Now, on Calypso's official website, their dress code reads: "Bathers of all genders are required to wear an appropriate swimsuit bottom. We reserve the right to determine the appropriateness of swimwear."
The change comes after an official complaint was made in 2017. A woman had contacted Calypso Park to ask if she was allowed to go topless around the pools at the park. When she was denied she filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario since being topless is legal in Ontario.
In fact, women in Ontario can walk around topless ever since the case of R. v. Jacob in the 1990s. University of Guelph student Gwen Jacob had been arrested and convicted for indecency after walking down the street topless on a hot day. However, in the Ontario Court of Appeal, the decision was reversed. Instead, they determined that a woman simply being shirtless was not in and of itself a sexual or indecent act.
As for Calypso, this court decision from over 20 years ago has meant that women who attend their park can now roam around and relax by the pool with their breasts completely free.
However, while the new dress code allows for women to be bare-breasted it still specifies that "thongs and transparent clothing are not permitted."
The change in rules also applies to the Valcartier Waterpark in Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, Quebec. While their dress code is now the same as Calypso's, in their safety rules for the attractions they still outline that "Wearing a decent swimsuit, covering the upper (bust) and lower body for women and lower body for men, is mandatory."
So if you are planning on going topless on your next trip to the waterpark, make sure you bring an extra bathing suit top in case you have to cover up for the slides.