Lake Bonavista is an established lake community located in S Calgary. There are two lakes in Bonavista, one for members of the community and one being a completely private lake.
The lake is a man-made lake with a water fall that cascades down the hill in order to circulate the water. It is stocked each year with trout for fishing in the summer and ice-fishing in the winter. It has two beautiful sand beaches with floating docks. It is a great lake to swim in on hot summer days and skate during the winter months. Various non-motorized boats are available at the boathouse, even paddleboards. A pathway on the lake is zambonied during the winter as soon as the ice allows, as well as designated hockey/ringette areas and a leisure 'no-sticks' ice pad. A fun tobogan zone is also created on the hill.
The newly (2018) built beach house/skate changing building is available for booking parties.
The park also has play parks, outdoor excercise equipment, tennis courts and a beach volleyball. Six private tennis courts provide the community with a great place to get out and play tennis and pickleball.
The lake is stocked with rainbow trout.
The Community Centre is in the heart of Lake Bonavista with many activities and programs to serve the community. There are two indoor ice rinks, a gym, fitness studio and a variety of meeting/social rooms. The Non-Profit Association offers social, sports and physical fitness programs to its membership.
The City of Calgary also has a skating arena in Lake Bonavista - Frank McCool; this arena recently underwent renovations from 2016-2018 (replaced the roof, expanded dressing rooms etc.). The arena reopened on April 11, 2018. Adjacent to the arena is the Frank McCool Athletic Park - This park offers 4 sport fields (2 regulation soccer fields and two athletic fields).
There are shops conveniently located right in Lake Bonavista at the Lake Bonavista Promenade including Safeway. Southcentre shopping mall and Willow Park Village Shoppes are minutes away. Trico Family Leisure centre (Pool with waterslide, 2 skating rinks, gymnasium, fitness studios, indoor track & weights, etc.) is also close by, just on the North side of Anderson Road. Fish Creek Provincial Park is direclty to the South of Lake Bonavista.
The LRT Canyon Meadows train station is close by; making public transit a convenient & viable option.
Lake Bonavista Schools - there are 6 schools within Lake Bonavista:
Grade 7-9 Junior High Nickle School (regular English).
Grade 10-12 Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School is a quick bus ride over to Canyon Meadows. The High School runs several programs including: regular, advance placement, early & late French immersion, off-campus work experience, as well as the Spanish bilingual.
Many other options are available nearby; check out Calgary Board of Education find a school.
K-6 Elementary School St. Boniface (Renewal Project commencing Jan 2019 - temporarily schooling in Deer Ridge at the Don Bosco school). Regular English and Hockey Skills offered in Grades 4-6.
Grade 7-9 Junior High St. Bonaventure School (regular English and Spanish Bi-Lingual programs)
Grade 10-12 High School Bishop Grandin High School is located in Haysboro. Advanced Placement, Dual Credit, Extended French, Regular Programming, Spanish Bilingual, Senior High Marching Band.
Other Catholic options nearby, check out the Catholic School Board website for details.
There are also many churches in Lake Bonavista:
- Bonavista Baptist Church
- Bonavista Evangelical Missionary Church
- Holy Nativity Anglican Church
- St. Bonaventure Church