Lake Bonavista Community Overview

Lake Bonavista is a neighbourhood in Southeast Calgary, Alberta. It is bounded by Anderson Road to the North, Macleod Trail to the West, Canyon Meadows Drive to the South, and Bow Bottom Trail to the East. The small community of Bonavista Downs resides in the north-east corner of the neighbourhood.

Lake Bonavista was developed by the Keith Construction company starting in 1967. It was the first community in Canada to be built around a man made lake, and served as a prototype for other "Lake Communities" in Calgary.

Lake Bonavista Promenade is a small commercial development within Lake Bonavista that includes both retail space and professional offices. There is also convenient access to shopping areas along Macleod Trail and in Southcentre Mall.

Fish Creek Park borders the community to the south, and provides a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities.

The Lake Bonavista Community Association (not to be confused with the homeowners association which maintains the lake) owns a community centre within the district. The community centre includes two ice rinks, a gym, and a variety of multipurpose rooms.

There is also a City of Calgary ice rink, Frank McCool Arena, within the community.

The area was originally flat treeless prairie with no distinctive natural features. In order to make the area more attractive Lake Bonavista, a 52-acre (210,000 m2) man made lake, was constructed in 1968, with a portion of the earth excavated from the lake used to construct a 65-foot (20 m) hill with a waterfall adjacent to the lake. The lake and adjacent park provide a variety of year round recreational opportunities for residents, including fishing, swimming, boating, tennis, skating, and tobogganing. The Lake Bonavista Home Owners Association, membership in which is mandatory for homeowners in the area, provides the upkeep of the lake and park.

The neighbourhood also contains a second manmade lake, Lake Bonaventure. This 35-acre (140,000 m2) lake is only accessible by houses built directly around the lake itself. Homeowners with access to Lake Bonaventure must pay their share of the upkeep on both Lake Bonavista and Lake Bonaventure.

Bonavista Downs residents share many of the amenities with Lake Bonavista, but they do not have access to the lakes and do not need to pay for their upkeep.

Lake Bonavista is home to the following schools:

  • Lake Bonavista, Public Elementary
  • Andrew Sibbald, Public Elementary
  • Sam Livingston, Public Elementary
  • Nickle, Public Junior High
  • St. Boniface, Catholic Elementary
  • St. Bonaventure, Catholic Junior High

Community overview from Wikipedia.

Lake Bonavista Closest LRTs

Canyon Meadows CTrain Station 0.81 km
Anderson CTrain Station 1.27 km
Fish Creek - Lacombe CTrain Station 1.52 km
Southland CTrain Station 1.87 km
Shawnessy CTrain Station 2.27 km

Lake Bonavista Apartment Rental Stats

Property Type# of ListingsMin PriceMax PriceAve Price
Apartments     1$1300$1300$1300
Basements     1$900$900$900
Condos     13$1225$1800$1418
Houses     8$1750$2700$2030
Shared     2$500$795$647
Total Rentals     25$500$2700$1526
City Section# of ListingsMin PriceMax PriceAve Price
SE     1051$800$6500$1400

Lake Bonavista Closest Schools

Sam Livingston School Public Elementary 12011 Bonaventure Dr SE 0.66 km
St. Boniface School Separate All Grades 927 Lake Sylvan Dr SE 0.77 km
Lake Bonavista School Public Elementary 1015 120 Ave SE 0.93 km
Andrew Sibbald School Public Elementary 1711 Lake Bonavista Dr SE 0.95 km
St. Bonaventure School Separate All Grades 1710 Acadia Dr SE, Calgary, AB 1.18 km
Nickle School PublicJunior High 2500 Lake Bonavista Dr SE 0.58 km
Willow Park School PublicJunior High 343 Willow Park Dr SE 1.91 km
Robert Warren School PublicJunior High 12424 Elbow Dr SW 2.21 km
R.T. Alderman School PublicJunior High 725 Mapleton Dr SE 2.37 km
Wilma Hansen School PublicJunior High 963 Queensland Dr SE 2.63 km
Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School PublicHigh School 220 Canterbury Dr SW 2.48 km
Lord Beaverbrook High School PublicHigh School 9019 Fairmount Dr SE 3.47 km
Centennial High School PublicHigh School 55 Sun Valley Blvd SE 3.92 km
Henry Wise Wood High School PublicHigh School 910 75 Ave SW 5.37 km
Central Memorial High School PublicHigh School 5111 21 St SW 8.45 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

Lake Bonavista Closest Libraries

Fish Creek Branch 11161 Bonaventure Drive SE1.21 km
Southwood Branch 924 Southland Drive SW3.33 km
Shawnessy Branch 333 Shawville Blvd SE4.86 km
Glenmore Square Branch 7440 18 Street SE5.67 km
Alexander Calhoun Branch 3223 14 Street SW9.72 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

Lake Bonavista Distance to Local Landmarks

Alberta Children's Hospital 15.27 km
Alberta College of Arts and Design (ACAD) 13.94 km
Ambrose University College 14.77 km
Bow Valley College 11.73 km
Calgary Airport 21.28 km
Calgary Zoo 11.47 km
Chinook Centre Mall 6.35 km
City Hall 11.53 km
Cross Iron Mills 38.30 km
Deerfoot Mall 18.57 km
Devry Institute of Tech 12.54 km
Downtown Calgary 12.24 km
Foothills Hospital 14.79 km
Market Mall 17.39 km
Mount Royal University 9.43 km
Peter Lougheed Hospital 15.98 km
Rocky Mountain College 17.37 km
Rockyview Hospital 6.25 km
SAIT 13.88 km
South Health Campus 9.75 km
Southcentre Mall 1.32 km
Sunridge Mall 15.45 km
University of Calgary 16.11 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

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