Lake Bonavista, Calgary is a well-to-do community located in the southeast quadrant of the city. It is primarily a residential area with real estate that
borders Lake Bonavista, a man-made lake. There’s another man-made lake in the area known as Lake Bonaventure.
Development in the Lake Bonavista area began in 1967 by the Keith Construction company. Lake Bonavista was actually the first community in Calgary
to be built around a lake, so it went on to serve as a prototype for other lakeside communities in the city. Today, Lake Bonavista has a population of
around 10,500 people.
Lake Bonavista, Calgary 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. Lake Bonavista’s convenient location is one of the major advantages of living there. Since Lake Bonavista is located in close proximity to
Deerfoot Trail, residents can get downtown, to the airport, and to other parts of the city with great ease.
Lake Bonavista, Calgary was developed by Kelwood Corp in the 1960s and 1970s. The neighborhood is actually made up of three different subdivisions:
Lake Bonavista, Lake Bonavista Estates, and Lake Bonavista Downs. Homes in Lake Bonavista boast a scenic, waterfront setting without being far the
city’s convenient amenities. There used to be two trailer courts located on the west side of the community, but one was removed and the other was
Lake Bonavista, Calgary offers a variety of shopping options. Via Macleod Trail, Lake Bonavista residents can access several big box stores, Avenida
Shopping Centre, and Southcentre Mall. There are also commercial developments within the Lake Bonavista community, such as Bonavista Square and
Lake Bonavista Promenade. There are several schools, both public and separate, located in Lake Bonavista, including Andrew Sibbald Elementary, St.
Bonaventure Junior High, and Nickle Junior High.
Parks and Recreation
Lake Bonavista, Calgary is home to an active recreation centre that features two skating rinks, a gym, a fitness studio, and several meeting/social
rooms. Community programs that the Lake Bonavista Community Association organizes include basketball, soccer, adult fitness, ice hockey, yoga,
tennis, and canoeing lessons. A successful initiative that took off in the community is the Canskate program, which utilizes the neighborhood’s skating
rinks for lessons aimed at community youth. Frequent bingos are held in Lake Bonavista to finance the range of community programs that are offered.