The country’s largest water parks network Calypso, located in Quebec and Ontario, has recently allowed women to go topless. However, wearing thongs is still prohibited.
It turns out that women can also bare their breasts in the parks of Montreal where there are 78 rules, from environmental standards to parking regulations. But none of them mentions that it is prohibited to go topless.
If women do not disturb the calm, they can strip to the waist without having any problems. The Canadian Criminal Code also does not have a special law prohibiting people from going topless. Although there are laws against “indecent behavior”.
Article 173 of Canada’s Criminal Code states that anyone “who wilfully does an indecent act in a public place in the presence of one or more persons, or in any place with intent to insult or offend any person” will be subject to conviction or imprisonment. The law also applies to anyone who “in any place, for a sexual purpose, exposes his or her genital organs to a person who is under the age of 16 years.”
In a nutshell, the law applies to anyone who is completely naked or is having sex in a public place. Being topless is none of these things.
Article 24 of the Montreal’s park bylaws simply states that the actions of visitors should not disturb the order and tranquility of others. So if someone is unhappy about you going topless, know that the law is on your side.
Although keep in mind that if you are actually disturbing the peace (i. e. protesting topless), you may have some issues. Otherwise, enjoy the summer and don’t worry about anything.