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.

Closest LRTs

LRT - Canyon Meadows Station 1.30 km
LRT - Anderson Station 2.01 km
LRT - Fish Creek Lacombe Station 2.51 km
LRT - Southland Station 3.00 km
LRT - Shawnessy Station 3.83 km

Lake Bonavista Apartment Rental Stats

Property Type# of ListingsMin PriceMax PriceAve Price
Apartments     1$1400$1400$1400
Condos     9$1395$2200$1621
Houses     8$1975$8995$3790
Main Floors     1$1850$1850$1850
Shared     2$600$695$647
Total Rentals     21$600$8995$2354
City Section# of ListingsMin PriceMax PriceAve Price
SE     755$90$5500$1872

Closest Schools

Sam Livingston Elementary Public Elementary 12011 Bonaventure Drive SE 0.67 km
St. Boniface Separate Elementary 927 Lake Sylvan Dr. SE 0.78 km
Lake Bonavista Elementary Public Elementary 1015 - 120th Avenue SE 0.91 km
Andrew Sibbald Elementary Public Elementary 1711 Lake Bonavista Drive SE 0.95 km
St. William Separate Elementary 11020 Fairmount Dr. SE 1.52 km
Nickle Junior High PublicJunior High 2500 Lake Bonavista Drive SE 0.62 km
St. Bonaventure SeparateJunior High 1710 Acadia Drive SE 1.17 km
Willow Park Elementary PublicJunior High 343 Willow Park Drive SE 1.90 km
Robert Warren Junior High PublicJunior High 12424 Elbow Drive SW 2.26 km
R.T. Alderman School PublicJunior High 725 Mapleton Drive SE 2.29 km
Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School PublicHigh School 220 Canterbury Drive SW 2.44 km
Lord Beaverbrook High School PublicHigh School 9019 Fairmount Drive SE 3.43 km
Centennial High School PublicHigh School 55 Sun Valley Boulevard SE 3.93 km
Bishop Grandin SeparateHigh School 11 Haddon Road SW 4.49 km
Bishop O'Byrne SeparateHigh School #500 333 Shawville Blvd. SE 5.33 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

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.

Distance to Local Landmarks

Ambrose University College 14.16 km
Calgary Airport 21.28 km
Chinook Centre Mall 6.35 km
Devry Institute of Tech 12.53 km
Downtown Calgary 12.23 km
Foothills Hospital 14.80 km
Market Mall 17.30 km
Mount Royal University 9.45 km
Peter Lougheed Hospital 15.99 km
Rockyview Hospital 6.24 km
SAIT 13.88 km
South Health Campus 9.75 km
Southcentre Mall 1.34 km
Sunridge Mall 15.46 km
University of Calgary 16.10 km

Distances are estimated from a central point within the community.

Neighboring Communities

Lake Bonavista Map View

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