The widely held notion that Masonry is a secret society is false. Lodges are openly shown to be a Masonic Hall. Material on websites and other internet servers are full of details about Masonry.
The privilege of travelling to lodges around the world and sharing in a meeting with other Masons, require members to show they are true members of a lodge. Such ability can be considered secretive – the secrets of Masonry, — nothing else. Some countries are obliged to keep their membership to a lodge secretive. In Canada that is not the case.