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THE COMFORT LIFE REPORT:Lake Bonavista Village - Verve Senior Living 

11800 Lake Fraser Drive SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2J7G8
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Lifestyle options:
Independent Living, Assisted Living
Guest stays available, Respite care available, Private home-care allowed
Cost (from):
195 suites (Studio, 1-bed, 2-bed, 2-bed + den)
195 residents

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Our Perspective

How we see Lake Bonavista Village - Verve Senior Living

This is the choice for you if you want to live in a truly unique community. The variety of the housing and the layout of the grounds in a hub helps to create a true "village" feel. For all that, there is a distinct effort put forth by staff to make this place home, answering the unique needs of everyone who comes to live here.

This is a uniquely planned seniors' community. While this is ideal for families in the southeast area of Calgary, families and seniors from throughout the city owe it to themselves to check out the uniqueness here. It's a community that includes studios and suites as well as thirteen cottage bungalows. This is another stellar example of forward-thinking in the design and creation of contemporary retirement communities.

There are other notably modern aspects to life at this community including an emergency response system, easy access showers, and executive-chef-prepared meals available daily. But features mean nothing if there isn’t that feeling of vibrancy, something more than just material living. Lake Bonavista Village offers this in spades, augmenting its excellent facilities with a long list of life-enhancing features that includes exercise classes, and planned outings to offsite venues. Adding to the uniqueness of this community you'll find art classes, stimulating presentations offsite and on, and a full slate of other daily activities ranging from book clubs to a walking club to a ukulele circle.

Assisted living is also an important part of the care here, with round-the-clock personal aide workers, as well as health care professionals on staff.

Community’s Perspective

How Lake Bonavista Village - Verve Senior Living sees itself

Who are you as a community?

Lake Bonavista Village Retirement Residence is situated in the established and elegant community of Lake Bonavista amongst the serenity of old-growth trees and open landscapes. We offer a balance of autonomous living and community involvement through outstanding amenities, exquisite dining options, and diverse recreational and social events. Meander through our cul-de-sac community of thirteen cottages settled on our eight acres of tended gardens, putting green and swimming pool—and discover the art of aging in an engaging and impressive setting. Welcome to transformative retirement living.

  • Opened in: 2001
  • Ownership: Private. A member of Verve Senior Living
  • Languages Spoken: English

What do you do differently or uniquely well?

One of the other biggest differences between our location and others would be our land footprint. Having 8 beautiful acres of space with gardens, putting greens, and pathways allows residents to enjoy the outdoors, year-round. Every suite has its own balcony as well so they can enjoy their own private outdoor space. We also have a unique group of residents who are very friendly, welcoming, and sociable. A big intergenerational draw is our warm swimming pool.

What supports do you offer residents as they adjust to life there?

We do everything we can to help residents settle and adjust to life at Lake Bonavista Village. Our welcome ambassadors come and greet new residents to offer support, and connections and share their own personal experiences. The first two days of staying here, we offer to escort the individual to the dining room for meals so they are not walking in alone. Every member of our management team will go and greet them and answer any questions or concerns and talk about the services offered in the department.

What might residents find surprising about your community?

Residents are always surprised that retirement living gives the opportunity to maintain and gain independence. They no longer have to worry about mundane daily tasks and start to enjoy their own time for personal growth. Being part of a larger peer community provides an easy opportunity to cultivate new friendships. Lake Bonavista Village soon becomes home and ceases to be "just a place to live."

What five facts about your community should people know?

8 acres of park-like setting including raised garden beds and putting greens.
All suites have balconies or patios
All-inclusive- includes all meals, housekeeping, scheduled healthcare by LBV staff, activities, general store and many more amenities. Much like a cruise ship setting without the water!
182 suites and 13 cottages with over 200 residents total.
Wonderful walkability to many community conveniences.

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Reviews of Lake Bonavista Village - Verve Senior Living

What residents and their loved ones say about Lake Bonavista Village - Verve Senior Living in reviews.

Jim Brown, family member

"My mother-in-law lived at the Village for five years and absolutely loved it. The care team is extremely friendly and accommodating and did a great job of keeping the residents safe and comfortable through the pandemic. The food is good, the facilities are first class and the entire complex is well-maintained. The lovely gardens provide great opportunity for outdoor exercise and enjoyment and many outings are offered for shopping and sightseeing. All the staff are very friendly, professional and..."

David d'Eça, family member

"My father has been here almost a year. At 100 years young, he finds the accommodations and the entire staff to be wonderful, as does his immediate family. He's mostly independent but with failing eyesight, he needs an escort to go between all the events, and his 3 meals a day which they easily accommodate, like clockwork. Meds given in his room 3x per day by AHS LPNs and PSW's. Meals may be the highlight for him. Maybe not Michelin, but pretty darn good. Highly recommended in 2023. All inclusive..."

Annette Plouffe, resident

"Lake bonavista was my first retirement home to check out. Lbv has an ambiance and a home feeling that you don't find in other retirement places. The relaxed way in which we were shown around amidst the contented looking residents was positive. During my time here, I've found a very friendly staff who go out of their way to assist you. The meals are great along with lots of activities to do. There are many walking areas to explore. In here, it's been a learning experience in the aging process and..."

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Lifestyle options

Independent Living (definition)
Cost from $3,866


  • Designated dining area
  • Meals (3x/day)
  • Daily tidy (Extra fee)
  • Housekeeping (1x/week)

Assisted Living (definition)
Cost from $3,866


  • Designated dining area
  • Diabetes
  • Meals (3x/day)
  • Daily tidy
  • Housekeeping (1x/week)
  • Medication administration

Assistance with

  • Bathing (2x/week)
  • Dressing


Type Size
(sq ft)
Lifestyle CostCompanion fee Includes Contact
Studio 404 - 565 $3,866 (Rent) +$650 per month
  • Cable TV in room (additional fee)
  • Call Bell System
  • Kitchenette
  • Mini-fridge
  • Patio/Balcony
  • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
1-bed 511 - 751 $4,716 (Rent) +$650 per month
  • Cable TV in room (additional fee)
  • Call Bell System
  • Kitchenette
  • Mini-fridge
  • Patio/Balcony
  • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
2-bed 634 - 1164 $5,439 (Rent) +$650 per month
  • Cable TV in room (additional fee)
  • Call Bell System
  • Kitchenette
  • Mini-fridge
  • Patio/Balcony
  • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
2-bed + den 1527 - 2168 $5,460 (Rent) N/A
  • Cable TV in room (additional fee)
  • Call Bell System
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
Studio 404 $3,866 (Life lease) N/A
    1-bed 511 $4,716 (Life lease) +$650 per month
      • Type: Studio
      • Ownership: Rent
      • Cost: $3,866
      • Size: 404sq/ft
      • Companion fee: +$650
      • Details:
        • Cable TV in room (additional fee)
        • Call Bell System
        • Kitchenette
        • Mini-fridge
        • Patio/Balcony
        • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
      • Contact: email

      • Type: 1-bed
      • Ownership: Rent
      • Cost: $4,716
      • Size: 511sq/ft
      • Companion fee: +$650
      • Details:
        • Cable TV in room (additional fee)
        • Call Bell System
        • Kitchenette
        • Mini-fridge
        • Patio/Balcony
        • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
      • Contact: email

      • Type: 2-bed
      • Ownership: Rent
      • Cost: $5,439
      • Size: 634sq/ft
      • Companion fee: +$650
      • Details:
        • Cable TV in room (additional fee)
        • Call Bell System
        • Kitchenette
        • Mini-fridge
        • Patio/Balcony
        • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
      • Contact: email

      • Type: 2-bed + den
      • Ownership: Rent
      • Cost: $5,460
      • Size: 1527sq/ft
      • Companion fee: N/A
      • Details:
        • Cable TV in room (additional fee)
        • Call Bell System
        • Fireplace
        • Kitchen
        • Personal phone number in room (additional Fee)
      • Contact: email

      • Type: Studio
      • Ownership: Life lease
      • Cost: $3,866
      • Size: 404sq/ft
      • Companion fee: N/A
      • Details: not provided
      • Contact: email

      • Type: 1-bed
      • Ownership: Life lease
      • Cost: $4,716
      • Size: 511sq/ft
      • Companion fee: +$650
      • Details: not provided
      • Contact: email


      Chef prepared, world inspired. We believe food is more than sustenance. Good food should be enjoyed with friends, made with fresh local ingredients, prepared from scratch by an experienced culinary team, and served by our friendly and courteous dining staff who know your personal tastes.

      Meal service : Bar, Bistro: (24 hours), Bistro: (daytime), Buffet, Pub, Room Service (extra fee), Table service, Tray service in suite (extra fee)

      Seating type : Open seating

      Special diets : Celiac Diet, Diabetic, Ethnic, Gluten Free, Kosher style, Lactose free, Low sodium, Vegetarian

      Amenities & Services

      Residence Amenities & Services

      Arts and crafts
      Community Garden
      Emergency call system (pendent)
      Fitness Studio
      Games Room
      Gift Shop
      Hobby kitchen
      Laundry machines
      Mail box
      Mail delivery to suite
      Mail to concierge
      Movie theatre
      Newspaper delivery available to suite
      Newspapers delivered to concierge
      On-site General Store
      Onsite foot care
      Out patient programs
      Parking (outdoor)
      Party room
      Pet friendly
      Pool - indoor
      Private bus for outings, regular trips
      Private dining room for family/friends
      Putting Green
      Recreation facilities onsite
      Religious Services & Holiday Celebrations
      Spa Services
      Spa tub or shower room
      Spa/Beauty Salon
      Storage lockers
      Walking Path
      Wellness Center
      Wheelchair Accessible

      Programs & Activities

      Arts and Crafts
      Assisted Walks/Trails
      Bible Classes
      Billiards/Pool Tables
      Brain Fitness
      Card Games
      Continued education
      Day Trips
      Exercise Program
      Movie Nights
      Religious & Holiday Services
      Resident social / activity club
      Table Tennis
      Weekly Shopping Trips & Excursions

      Staff & Care

      General Manager's Message
      Praveen Joshi

      Praveen joins the Lake Bonavista Village team with over 20 years of experience in the hospitality and healthcare industries. Most notably, he spent time as an Executive Director in a community with 395 suites and has held senior leadership roles within large, high end hotel brands. Praveen was also an integral part of opening a 7000 seat arena for the City of Medicine Hat as a Director of Food & Beverage and worked in various high end food outlets in New York for more than a decade. Through his experience, he crafted excellent organizational and leadership skills. Praveen enjoys his spare time with his wife, son, and his Labrodor, Leo.


      Medical and other support staff
      Registered Nurses24 hrs/day
      Registered Practical Nurses16 hrs/day
      Personal Support Workers24 hrs/day
      Guest Attendant24 hrs/day
      Doctorvisiting 1x/week
      Sleep Expertvisiting 1x/month
      Massage Therapistvisiting 1x/week
      Geriatric Pharmacistvisiting 1x/week
      Mobility Specialistvisiting 1x/month
      Foot care specialistvisiting 1x/week
      Physiotherapistvisiting 1x/month
      Chiropodistvisiting 1x/month

      Number of care staff:

      • Daytime: 3
      • Weekends: 3
      • Nights: 3

      Care services

      Care options available:

      • Guest stays available (cost from $150)
      • Respite care available (cost from $150)
      • Private home-care allowed (cost from $150)

      Health Services:

      • Catheter care(with special assistance)
      • Cognitively impaired residents(with special assistance)
      • Feeding tube assistance(with special assistance)
      • Medication charted by electronic pen(with special assistance)
      • Medication charted by exception(with special assistance)
      • Ostomy care(with special assistance)
      • Oxygen assistance(with special assistance)
      • Physically challenged residents(with special assistance)
      • Vitals monitoring(with no special assistance)

      Move-in requirements

      • Chest x-ray
      • Medical form completed by family doctor
      • Personal Interview


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      The Lake Bonavista community was established in 1967 and has many long-term residents and families that call it home. We are close to shopping malls, grocery stores, banks, medical offices, restaurants, and many more amenities.

      Lake Bonavista Village is located at 11800 Lake Fraser Drive SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2J7G8.

      What's nearby:

      Fish Creek Library
      Anderson Station
      Trico Centre
      Southcentre Mall
      Lake Bonavista Promenade
      Canyon Meadows Theatre

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