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Lake Bonavista Village

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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Lake Bonavista Village

Our Perspective


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

We asked Lake Bonavista Village to answer the following questions:

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

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  • Saturday, March 25, 2023:  VERVE CRUISE WEEK OPEN HOUSE MARCH 24-31, 2023
    From 1 pm to 3 pm - Lake Bonavista Village, 11800 Lake Fraser Drive SE, Calgary, Alberta
    You're invited to join our Verve Cruise March 24-31, 2023...and our special Lake Bonavista Village Open House on March 25, 2023 from 1:30-3:30pm Just close your eyes, imagine the breeze on your skin, sand between your toes, and those lively Calypso beats… SOAK UP ALL THE VITAMIN SEA, No Sunscreen Required! *Enjoy delicious Caribbean themed appetizers curated ... learn more

Insider Perspectives

Reviews of Lake Bonavista Village

Elizabeth Scott, family member
"My Dad moved into Lake Bonavista Village in December 2021 after living in his own home since 1964. It was such a huge move and yet, he picked the best place to move to. From our very first meeting, my Dad felt welcome. On our tour of the facility, residents unsolicited asked if he was thinking of moving in. When he said yes, they all shared how much they loved living there and how well they were taken care of. They told him he would not regret moving there and they were right. Everyone, from the..."

Cal Chugg, family member
"The staff and residents welcomed my mom, making the transition from her home to living there a good and easy experience. The entire family felt welcome to visit anytime and watching the great grandkids play in the pool was a highlight for her. What with the shows, fitness classes, sing alongs and meeting with friends at the bistro her social life blossomed. It was easy to arrange for her grandchildren and even their little ones to join her for meals in the dining room. She enjoyed the choice and..."

G Lamb, family member
"An amazing retirement home, beautiful grounds and building, lots of various activities planned just for residents but the real bonus is the staff, at every level, who show they love what they do by the quality of their service and commitment to go above and beyond in any way they can for everyone. Smiles are the rule of the day. "

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Interview videos

Daughter of Resident

  • In this Perspective:
  • 00:51 - What do you appreciate most about Lake Bonavista Village?
  • 03:03 - What would you highlight about the social life, staff, facilities, and amenities?
  • 09:46 - How has your parent's life improved since moving?
  • 11:23 - What are the unique values of Lake Bonavista Village?
  • 12:41 - How has your own life improved since your parent moved into Lake Bonavista Village?
  • 14:31 - What would you like to tell other families who are considering Lake Bonavista Village?
  • 16:17 - What made you choose Lake Bonavista Village?
  • 17:03 - What was your decision journey like?
  • 20:50 - What was the process like moving your parent into Lake Bonavista Village?
  • 24:47 - Would you do anything different if you were to go through the decision journey again?
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Marketing Manager

  • In this Perspective:
  • 0:49 - What are three things you love about your job?
  • 1:37 - What drew you to the field and to Lake Bonavista Village?
  • 2:20 - What first struck you about the community?
  • 3:00 - How did it match your expectations?
  • 3:39 - What makes Lake Bonavista Village unique in Calgary?
  • 4:16 - What are the different living options you offer?
  • 5:34 - How do you build your menus at Lake Bonavista Village?
  • 7:05 - Are there set dining times?
  • 7:39 - How can residents give feedback on the menu?
  • 8:33 - How can residents request activities or outings?
  • 9:49 - Is there an event at the residence you always look forward to?
  • 10:43 - How would you describe the lifestyle at Lake Bonavista Village?
  • 12:11 - Is there a common thread that links the people that move in?
  • 13:38 - What levels of care are you able to provide at the residence?
  • 16:09 - How do you approach families with different opinions about making this move?
  • 17:23 - How do you keep families informed?
  • 18:21 - How do you welcome new residents?
  • 20:05 - Is there a memory of a resident that stands out in your mind?
  • 21:24 - What changes have you seen in the industry?
  • 23:12 - Are there any changes or additions coming up?
  • 23:56 - What’s your advice for those in their search now?
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Lifestyle options

Independent Living (definition)
Cost from $3,682


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

Assisted Living (definition)
Cost from $3,682


  • 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)
  • 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


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

Seating type : Open seating

Special diets : Diabetic, Gluten Free, Lactose free, Low sodium, Vegetarian

Amenities & Services

Residence Amenities & Services

Arts and crafts
Community Garden
Emergency call system (pendent)
Emergency call system (pull-cord in room)
Fitness Studio
Games Room
Gift Shop
Hobby kitchen
Laundry machines
Mail box
Movie theatre
Newspaper delivery available to suite
On-site General Store
Onsite foot care
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/Beauty Salon
Walking Path
Wellness Center
Wheelchair (electric)
Wheelchair Accessible

Programs & Activities

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

Staff & Care

General Manager's Message
Shezma Kassam

A part of the Lake Bonavista Village community since 2007, Shezma’s commitment and drive in addressing resident matters as an LPN saw her level up into Resident Services Manager in 2013. Her fluency in Alberta Health Services and homecare matters made her a perfect fit for the Area Health and Wellness Lead for the Prairies in 2020, and she remains dedicated to maintaining Verve’s exceptional standards as GM. Her deep-rooted drive and compassion for helping others continues to ensure our residents and their families are satisfied, safe and happy.


Medical and other support staff
Registered Practical Nurses16 hrs/day
Personal Support Workers24 hrs/day
Doctorvisiting 1x/week
Geriatric Pharmaciston call & visiting 1x/week

Number of care staff:

  • Daytime: 5
  • Weekends: 5
  • Nights: 1

Care services

Care options available:

  • Guest stays available
  • Respite care available
  • Private home-care allowed

Health Services:

  • Catheter care(with government assisted)
  • Oxygen assistance(with government assisted)
  • Vitals monitoring(with government assisted)

Move-in requirements

• Medical form completed by family doctor
• Personal Interview

Accreditation & Associations

Blog & News

Blog and recent news

Top 5 Tips to promote Healthy Aging

by Lake Bonavista Village

Almost nothing beats 30 minutes of moderate daily exercise. From physical and mental health-boosting yoga for seniors to a daily walk around the block, water aerobics, or pickleball...

10 Things to Know Before Visiting a Retirement Residence

by Verve Senior Living

10 Things to Know Before Visiting a Retirement Residence The thought of retiring in a senior living residence can seem like a one-size-fits all thing that happens when we age. But deciding which re...

The 5 benefits of journaling for seniors

by Verve Senior Living

The start of a new year often means the beginning of healthy new habits. We all resolve to do a little better "this year". This year, I will eat better, exercise more, and... journal? Turns out, journ...

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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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