Special Covid-19 Rules Overview:
Please make sure to read our current Special COVID-19 Rules to see what is OPEN and CLOSED at the park. Remember to always keep your physical distance from others (at least 2 meters), wash or sanitize your hands often, and do not visit the park if you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with anyone showing symptoms.
Entrance - North and South entrances are open. Park hours are 9am - 8pm Monday - Friday, and 8am - 8pm on weekends and holidays (south gate is locked 15 minutes before closing. Please read all signage at the entrance before making your way into the park. You must present a valid lake card to enter.
Guests - All members (senior and junior) are able to sign in up to two guests per day anytime, including evenings and weekends now.
Main Building/Office - The office is open from 1pm - 5pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 10am - 5pm Saturday. You can access the office through the north doors of the main building. Washrooms are open in the main building. You can access the washrooms through the west doors (by the fire pit) of the main building. The building will close at 7pm for cleaning. As per the City of Calgary bylaw, face coverings are required in all indoor spaces.
Beaches - We are now allowing setups on the beach areas. Whether you set up on the sand or grassy areas, please keep all setups 12 feet apart to allow proper physical distancing when passing.
Swimming - Members are welcome to swim in the lake. Please keep a physical distance of 2 meters from others while swimming.
Food - BBQs and Picnic shelters are closed. We ask that you not prepare food on the premises (no bbq's). If you bring snacks with you, do not share with any other household.
Watercraft Rentals - Watercraft rentals are available at the North docks. On Saturday and Sunday the Boat House will be open as per normal. On Monday through Friday (starting September 14th) you will need to make a reservation via email. Please see the below Boat House Rentals announcement for more details.
Watercraft - You may bring in your own watercraft for use in the lake by yourself and members of your household. Currently all watercraft must be brought in through the north gate. The boat ramp is not available. No watercraft in swimming area. Please bring your own life jacket. .
Water Toys - No water guns, push tubes, etc. Small, single person inflatables are allowed. No large multi-person inflatables such as floating islands, trampolines, etc. Sand toys are ok.
Lakeside Residents - Lakeside members may swim and use your own personal watercraft in the lake. Please do not swim to or bring your watercraft onto our shores. To enter the park area, you must come in through the gates.
Rentals - We are not renting out any equipment other than boats at this time.
Tennis / Pickleball - Members can play singles/doubles tennis or pickleball with physical distancing, as long as you do not share equipment. Please use different coloured balls or mark them with a sharpie. Always practice physical distancing (at least 6 feet) and use good hand hygiene.
Basketball / Volleyball / Ball Hockey - Members may play basketball, volleyball or ball hockey with members of their own household only. You must bring your own ball/stick and can not share with anyone outside your household. You can bring your own sport games like frisbees or soccer balls, but only play these games with other members of your own household. Do not share equipment.
Washrooms - North and South washrooms are open. Please read all signs posted and use physical distancing of at least 2 meters at all times. North washrooms close at 7pm.
Group Bookings - We are not allowing group bookings at this time.
All other rules of the park remain in place.
Archived COVID-19 updates are at the bottom of this page.
September 10, 2020
We are revising our catch and release rule to allow anglers to take up to 2 fish per household per month.
Once you reach your household limit, it will be catch and release only.
September 10, 2020
The Boat House is only open on weekends now (Saturday and Sunday).
For renting during the week (Monday through Friday), we will be taking boat reservations starting September 14th. To reserve a boat, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, type of watercraft, and day/time of rental. You must receive approval back via email for your reservation to be valid. Please reserve early (at least 24 hours) to avoid disappointment.
Remember to bring your own life jacket.
Monday - Friday: Reservations required
Saturday - Sunday: No reservations required
July 28, 2020
Beginning August 1st, we will be following the City of Calgary Face Coverings Bylaw and requiring masks to be worn inside our buildings. Appropriate signage will be posted.
We will have a limited number of disposable masks in the office to distribute if you forget to bring your own. We ask all members to please remember to bring your mask/face covering and to wear them anytime you are inside the buildings.
Thank you for your assistance.
June 4, 2020
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, AHS has suspended all natural recreational water sampling for beaches in Alberta until further notice. AHS labs are unable to test any samples at this time. LBHA has taken it upon ourselves to bring in a private company to test our water during swimming season this year. This recreational water sampling service will comprise weekly sampling for Escherichia coli testing, as well as monitoring for presence/absence of cyanobacteria. Testing includes sampling, analyses and results reporting. If there is ever an issue, we will be able to let our members know within a day of testing. Our members can be confident that we are doing our best to ensure your swimming experience at the lake is safe and enjoyable.
May 16, 2020
Your 2020-2021 Lake fees are due June 30, 2020. Find more information on paying your lake fees here.
May 5, 2020
We have been getting a lot of questions concerning the lilacs that were cut down on the south end of the park. There were cut to rejuvenate them and they will be growing back.
April 16, 2020
As part of our capital expenditures for the year, we are replacing the two bridges in the park, one on the walking path and one halfway up the waterfall. These bridges are older and the wood beams are beyond repair.
Demolition will begin April 16, 2020. Construction will begin immediately after. Due to the construction, part of the walking path will be off limits. As well, we ask people not to walk up the waterfall path during construction.
September 30, 2019
Update: The project is now complete, as of July 20, 2020.
Update: Image updated May 19th to show progress.
Update: Timeline has been moved to mid June for completion due to the Covid-19 situation.
Due to the age and condition of the present seawall it had become apparent that we needed to replace (rather than repair) the structure and docks.
This Waterfront Project will include a new seawall,new aluminum docks,and a larger asphalt walkway/sitting area.
The construction will be done in two stages. Beginning September 30th the first stage of construction will begin with removal of the docks and placement of the sheet pile wall. In the Spring of 2020 the new docks will be installed. We envision this project to be complete before June 2020.
Please note - Boating equipment will not be available for rent during construction.
August 26, 2018
Reducing the Risk of Spreading Whirling Disease
Reducing the Risk of Spreading Whirling Disease
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed whirling disease,a fish disease that affects salmonoids,in Johnson Lake in Banff National Park.
boaters and recreational water users can help reduce the risk of spreading whirling disease. It can be transmitted through equipment used for swimming,paddling,boating,water pumping,and fishing,or through infected fish and fish parts. Never move live fish from one body of water to another (that is illegal in Alberta).
Please ensure that you clean and dry all equipment that came into contact with water and eliminate all water from equipment before transporting.
Thank you - LBHA
For more information please follow this link -
This is an archive of all of our Covid-19 Updates. The most recent update will show at the top of this page.
August 1, 2020
Face Covering are required in all indoor areas, as per the City of Calgary Bylaw.
Closing time extended to 10pm.
July 20, 2020
Our Boat Shack is now open and watercraft rentals are available. members must supply their own life jackets. We are not renting life jackets at this time.
Please read all the rules for boating before renting a watercraft.
July 13, 2020
New... Junior members can now sign in 2 guests each weekday mornings. See below for details.
June 26, 2020
The South Gate is now open. Please observe all signage at gate. We need to keep the sidewalk clear for pedestrians, so please line up at pylons if others are checking in. And allow people to exit safely, keeping physical distance.
See our Special COVID-19 Rules Chart for all that is open and closed right now.
June 5, 2020
Hello neighbours! We have another update for you. Starting today:
May 29, 2020
Hello friends! We have another update for you. Starting Saturday, May 30, 2020, a few things will change:
May 22, 2020
Good afternoon neighbours! We have an update for you. Beginning tomorrow (Saturday May 23rd), we will be opening the water for swimming. YAY! There are some restrictions...no water toys or inflatables at this stage, and the floating docks are off limits for now. The beaches will be open for play, walking and for access to the water. To limit the number of people on the beach, we ask that you not setup on the sand area. Please only setup your chairs, blankets, etc. on the grassy areas, 12 feet apart from other member’s setups. Benches and some picnic tables are also available. The picnic shelters and bbqs are not be available at this stage. We also suggest you limit your stay to 3 hours. Signs will be posted to assist you.
South washrooms will be open. Please remember to social distance and wash your hands when using these facilities. Washrooms in the main building remain closed at this stage.
As well, we will be opening doubles tennis and pickleball between members of the same household only. At this stage members can have singles/doubles tennis or pickleball matches between members of the same household, bring their own basketball and play on the hoops with members of the same household, or bring in soccer balls, frisbees, etc. to use between members of the same household. As long as you are playing with your own household and not sharing equipment with anyone else, you are good to go.
Please see the Special COVID-19 Rules for what is and is not open at the lake. We are fully compliant with the guidelines given to us by AHS and we ask that you help us stay that way by following all rules posted in the park and on our website. We are slowly getting back to some kind of normal.
Have a great weekend everyone! If you have any questions, feel free to email us at email@example.com.
May 16, 2020
Today we are opening up tennis and pickleball for singles matches between members of the same household only. We are also opening up basketball to be played between members of the same household only. And we will be allowing members to bring in balls (footballs, frisbees, basketballs) to use between members of their own household only. Currently members will be able to: - Take a walk or jog in the park - Fish while adhering to current fishing rules. - Bring in their own SUP, kayak, or canoe to use in the lake. - NEW Bring in and play with a football, frisbee, soccer ball, etc. with members of their own household - NEW Play singles tennis or pickleball with members of their own household - NEW Use our hoops to play basketball with members of their own household. Please bring your own ball. Please read all rules posted in the park when visiting and follow all instructions on signage provided throughout. These rules must be followed in order for our beautiful park to stay open. Always keep at least two meters between yourself and others at all times. And do not visit the park if you are ill. If all goes smoothly this weekend, we may be opening up other activities in the following weeks. Thank you everyone for being so understanding and helpful during this time. Have a great long weekend.
May 8, 2020
Hey everyone! I know a lot of you have heard the good news from Dr. Hinshaw today about lakes opening. LBHA, along with other lake communities, are expected to receive specific guidelines from AHS next week. Many of the questions you have all been asking will be addressed. Things will be different this year, but hopefully we will be able to have an enjoyable Summer. Until then, please see our website for what is currently open and closed at the lake under the Covid-19 Special Rules. Have a great weekend everyone.
May 5, 2020
Members... please remember there is NO SWIMMING in the park at this time. Do not go into the water. We have now closed off the sandy beach areas. The beaches will remain closed until swimming is allowed.
May 4, 2020
Good morning Lake Bonavista! It's a lovely rainy day here at the lake. Here is your Monday Morning Update! There have been a few changes since last Monday: We have opened fishing up at the lake.-We are allowing members to use their own SUPs and Kayaks in the lake (see details below).
All other rules below stay the same.
We are aware that the City of Calgary has given the ok for tennis, pickleball, and basketball. We are in the process of discussing this change and implementing guidelines for our facility. Please be patient.
April 30, 2020
We have now opened the lake up for fishing and for personal watercraft.
Members may fish from shore (no beaches), keeping in mind social distancing. Please do not share equipment.
Members may bring in their own personal watercraft, SUPS and kayaks only. This watercraft must be able to fit through the main entry. No floaties.
Lakeside residents may use their own personal watercraft, SUPs, kayaks, canoes, and row boats only. You may not bring your watercraft onto our shores. To enter the park area, you must come in through the gates. No floaties or trampolines.
All other rules remain in place at this time. Please see below:
April 28, 2020
In addition to the rules set forth below, the lake water is closed to swimming and all watercraft. This includes all people living on the lake or lake access.
April 24, 2020
With the weather improving and a great weekend forecast ahead, we would like to remind all of our members of the rules that are in place right now due to the Covid-19 pandemic.Our park area is open for walking. Please feel free to bring the family to the lake this weekend for a walk around park. All playgrounds, fitness equipment, tennis courts, and basketball hoops are off limits. Our building and washrooms are closed to members at this time.We are not allowing guests to be signed in. And we are not allowing BBQs, picnics, or other gatherings of any type in the park right now. We ask that you not set up chairs or blankets on the beach, as we are not encouraging long stays in the park. We reserve the right to limit the number of people in the park at any given time.Please keep in mind that we are one of only two lake community parks in Calgary that are still open at this time. We can only stay open if the rules we have put in place, for everyone's safety, are followed. Today, we had some people ignore these rules (which are all listed on a board as you enter the lake). If this keeps happening, we will have to close the park completely.We want our lake activities to open as much as anyone else. This is temporary and as government restrictions ease, we will allow activities to start up at the lake. Please help us to stay open by following all of the rules set in place. And please be respectful to our staff.
April 20, 2020
Now that the weather is nicer and the ice is melting, we need to adjust our park rules a little more so that we make sure we are safe and following the proper Covid-19 response guidelines. Our park area is open at this time. We ask that members please not linger in the park. Please feel free to take a walk and let the kids run around, but keep your distance from others at all times (at least two meters). Members may not sign in guests, may not have bbqs or picnics in the park, and may not gather together in any way. You are welcome to walk on the beach, but do not set up chairs/blankets or linger there. We reserve the right to limit the number of people in the park at any given time. To avoid people gathering, our basketball hoops and tennis courts are off limits for the time being. All playground and exercise equipment is off limits. Our building and washrooms are closed to members. Please remember, this is all temporary. As Government guidelines change so will our adapted rules. We are fortunate to be able to stay open during this time. If we work together, we can hopefully stay that way. If you need to contact the office, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 23, 2020
After making the decision to keep the park area open last week, we were happy to see that people have been keeping their distance from others and respecting the safety guidelines in place.
The park area remains open here at Lake Bonavista at this time. Please continue to keep your distance from other people. We ask that you please stay off of playground equipment and exercise equipment. Members are not allowed to bring guests in at this time. All of our buildings continue to be closed to members, including the washrooms. We reserve the right to limit the number of people in the park at any time.
Let's work together to keep all of us safe. If you have any concerns or questions, please email us at email@example.com.
March 16, 2020
Our building is closed to members and guests.
The park area will remain open for now for walking. Our top ice is closed for the season.
Again, we stress that if you are presenting symptoms of illness or if you have been in contact with anyone presenting symptoms or have traveled recently that you stay home. We want to leave our park open as long as safely possibly, but we need your help to do that..
Circumstances may change quickly. We will provide updates as we know more.
March 13, 2020
Hello Neighbours! We want you all to know that the health and safety of our members, guests, and staff are an upmost priority to us. We have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation very closely. We are following the lead of the Government of Alberta and adopting practices that will help prevent the spread of the virus. At the current moment we are at low risk here in Calgary, but we are treating this situation very seriously. At this time the office and park remain open. As per the Government of Alberta guidelines, we are requesting certain individuals refrain from coming to the office, or use any part of the facility. These individuals include anyone who has:
Unfortunately, we will be cancelling any events after this weekend in the Bonavista Room until further notice. If you currently have an event booked, we will be in contact with you shortly. This includes our Thursday Seniors Social Morning. We also wanted to assure our members and guests that we will continue to employ our regular building cleaning, as well as take extra precautions and implement additional sanitation to high traffic areas, especially where hands make contact on a regular occurrence. As well, we have installed two new hand sanitizing stations in the main room of our building. We know that accurate information from reputable sources plays a very important role in ensuring the safety of everyone. For any additional information we recommend our members visit the following resources online: Government of Alberta Government of Canada World Health Organization We will continue to monitor this situation closely and will provide updates as needed. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We will get through this together.
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