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     2$1150$1400$1275
Basements     2$750$900$825
Condos     7$1150$1575$1372
Houses     5$1895$3885$2716
Main Floors     1$1300$1300$1300
Shared     1$525$525$525
Total Rentals     18$525$3885$1622

Lake Bonavista Closest Schools

Name Address Distance
St. Philip School (K-6) 1710 Acadia Drive Southeast, Calgary 1.18 km
Saint Bonaventure School 1710 Acadia Drive Southeast, Calgary 1.19 km
Tot Spot 1507 Acadia Dr SE, Calgary 1.31 km
Willow Park School 343 Willow Park Drive Southeast, Calgary 1.90 km
BrightPath Southwood East 10620 Sacramento Drive Southwest, Calgary 2.45 km
Chinook Driving Academy 11625 Elbow Drive Southwest #205, Calgary 2.45 km
Mapleridge Co-operative Preschool 600 Acadia Dr SE, Calgary 2.48 km
Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School | Calgary Board of Education 220 Canterbury Drive Southwest, Calgary 2.55 km
Wilma Hansen School | Calgary Board of Education 963 Queensland Drive Southeast, Calgary 2.63 km
St. Stephen School 10910 Elbow Drive Southwest, Calgary 2.64 km
Don Bosco School 13615 Deer Ridge Drive Southeast, Calgary 2.73 km
Acadia School | Calgary Board of Education 9603 5 Street Southeast, Calgary 2.89 km
Ethel M. Johnson School 255 Sackville Drive Southwest, Calgary 2.93 km
David Thompson School | Calgary Board of Education 9320 Arbour Crescent Southeast, Calgary 3.11 km
Inverleigh Montessori School 36 Millrise Dr SW, Calgary 3.20 km
Our Lady Of Peace School 14826 Millrise Hill Southwest, Calgary 3.56 km
Juno Beach Academy of Canadian Studies | Calgary Board of Education 315 86 Avenue Southeast, Calgary 3.84 km
Centennial High School | Calgary Board of Education 55 Sun Valley Boulevard SE, Calgary 3.94 km
Akiva Academy 140 Haddon Road Southwest, Calgary 3.94 km
Bishop Grandin High School 111 Haddon Road Southwest, Calgary 4.15 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

Lake Bonavista Closest Libraries

Name Address Distance
Fish Creek Library 11161 Bonaventure Drive Southeast, Calgary 1.21 km
Library Planning Consultants 10816 Macleod Trail Southeast, Calgary 2.01 km
Southwood Library 924 Southland Drive Southwest, Calgary 3.35 km
Quarry Park Library 108 Quarry Park Road, Calgary 4.00 km
Little Free Library #24146 14 Somervale Green Southwest, Calgary 4.62 km
Little Free Library #27814 36 Somervale Park Southwest, Calgary 4.67 km
Shawnessy Library 333 Shawville Boulevard Southeast, Calgary 4.89 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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