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Ice Condition Report

All ice surfaces close at 9:45 pm nightly and may close without notice due to weather conditions. Thank you.

Top Rink - OPEN

The lake ice has reached the minimum thickness to support the weight of the Zamboni. We are in the process of conditioning the lake rinks and will work our way out to the skating paths.

Please use caution as there may be rough areas.

Lake rink lighting is now operational.

Lake rink North (Inn) - OPEN - conditioned with Zamboni.

Lake rink South (Falls) - OPEN - conditioned with Zamboni.

Lake rink West (closest to Island) - OPEN - conditioned with Zamboni.

North skating loop - OPEN - conditioned with the Zamboni.

South skating loop - OPEN - conditioned with the Zamboni.

Please use caution when on the lake ice, watch for cracks and rough areas that may appear due to weather conditions.

Posted: Tuesday, 16th January 2018

Ice Fishing Now Open - Catch And Release Only

Ice fishing season is now open!

Catch and Release Only. Barbless hooks must be used.

Please fish within 150 feet of the EAST SIDE OF ISLAND ONLY and stay well away from any cleared ice surface to minimize any flooding caused by auger holes. No gas powered ice augers are permitted. One rod per fisherman.

Please access the fishing area by walking from the northwest corner of the north beach (large 1/2 submerged rock) to the east side of the island.

Please limit one auger hole and one rod per fisherman.

Thank you.

Posted: Saturday, 23rd December 2017

Building And Ice Update For December 23, 2017 Top Rink Open

The wait is over and we are now in our new building. Please feel free to pop by and see us. We are still finishing up a few odds and ends, so please excuse any mess.

The top rink is currently open for your enjoyment at this time. The fire pit which has been relocated next to the building can be operated by pushing the green button ONCE. It will take approx. 30 seconds to light.

The lake ice is now open. The ice is still not thick enough to support the weight of the Zamboni. Please use caution as there may be rough areas.

We will not be taking large group bookings until after the lake ice is open.

We will not be taking party room bookings until after mid January.

Thank you all for your patience and encouragement. If you have any questions, our phones are back online 403-271-3333.

Merry Christmas to all!

Posted: Saturday, 23rd December 2017

Fire Pit Operation

The main rink fire pit is now located under the overhang of the new building, adjacent to the skating pad. The location is much more functional and accessible, especially to those not on skates.

To operate -

Push the Green button located on the side of the fire pit ONCE only.

It will take approximately 30 seconds to fully lite.

Please DO NOT PUSH THE GREEN BUTTON REPEATEDLY. Doing so may trigger a safety switch that will shut down the operation of the fire pit.

Thank you.

Posted: Saturday, 23rd December 2017

2017-2018 LBHA Board Of Directors

Thank you to our 2017-2018 Board of Directors.

Mike Mikkelson - President
Jim Wilkins - Treasurer
Duncan McColl - Director
Beryl MacDonald - Director
Mike Styzen - Director
Kristi Reinhardt - Director
Daniel Heath - Director
Michelle Tamblyn - Director
Shawn Kao - Director

To contact the board, please send an email to and we will promptly forward it to the board member(s) specified. Thank you!

Posted: Saturday, 9th December 2017

Toboggan Hill Now Open.

The toboggan hill located west of the lower bridge at the north beach is now open for your enjoyment. Tobogganing is not permitted in any other area of the Park other than the bowl above the north beach.

Please use caution and watch for others using the hill and for those using the walking paths.

Thank you.

Posted: Saturday, 18th November 2017

South Washrooms Are Now Closed

South washrooms are now closed for the season.

Posted: Monday, 30th October 2017

South Gate Closure

The South Gate entrance along Acadia Dr. is now closed for the season. It will reopen in the spring 2018.

Posted: Monday, 18th September 2017

2017- 2018 Lake Fees Due By June 30th, 2017.

The lake fees for the 2017 - 2018 season are due by June 30, 2017. Fees this year are $309.75 including GST. Payment may be made by cheque or cash as well we do offer the option of paying by
CREDIT CARD through Plastiq. There will be a small fee charged to the member for using this method, and payment should be received
by LBHA within 3 to 5 business days. Please keep this in mind before making your payment. For more information, please go to

Posted: Saturday, 3rd June 2017

South Washrooms Now Open

The South washrooms are now open for use.

Thank you.

Posted: Saturday, 29th April 2017

Catch And Release ONLY

Effective Immediately!

Due to fish supply issues, we are temporarily catch and release ONLY at Lake Bonavista.

We appreciate your cooperation. Thank you!

Posted: Thursday, 13th October 2016

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.
Anglers, 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 -

Posted: Friday, 26th August 2016

New Group Limits

Due to issues we have had with large groups in the park, the rules have been revised in that area.

The maximum size for a group in the Niven area is 150 guests per booking.

The maximum size for a group outside of the Niven area is 25 guests per booking.

As a side note, we reserve the right to cut off bookings on certain days if the number of group guests reach a high number.

Thank you!

Posted: Monday, 25th July 2016

Brown Trout - Do Not Keep if Caught

Hey anglers! We now have some brown trout in the lake. They are currently very small (6 to 7 inches), so absolutely DO NOT KEEP any of the brown trout you may catch. We want to give them a chance to grow a little.

As a general rule, we ask that you not keep any fish under 9 inches long. We strongly encourage catch and release fishing.

As a reminder:
-We allow barbless hooks ONLY.
-The daily limit of fish is two per person, to a maximum of four per household per day. The monthly limit is ten fish per household (including guests).
-No live bait shall be used.
-One rod with one hook per person.
-Fishing ends 15 minutes prior to closing.

Please make sure you have read ALL of the rules for fishing. These rules are available on our website, and in our office.

Posted: Friday, 29th April 2016

Guest Access

Senior cardholders (homeowners) may now sign in up to 10 guests per day at the gate.

Junior members 21 years and older may sign in 5 guests and Junior members under the age of 21 may sign in 2 guests per day at the gate.

Senior cardholders may also sign in large groups ( max. 25 ) by filling out a group activity form in the office at least one week in adavance.

Thank you.

Posted: Monday, 6th October 2014

Fishing Rule Additions

We ask all anglers to take note of the following additions to the fishing rules.

1. Only barbless hooks are to be used.

2. Fishing closes 15 minutes prior to the park closing. Fishermen must report to the guard house prior to leaving the park.

Posted: Thursday, 1st May 2014

October 1, 2013 - No Smoking Rule In Effect

On October 1, 2013 Lake Bonavista Homeowners Association became a smoke free facility.

NO SMOKING in the park. This includes all buildings, both entrances into the park and all areas of the park and lake.

May 13, 2016 - NO VAPING in the park. This includes all building, both enterances into the park and all areas of the park and lake.

Thank you for your cooperation in making Lake Bonavista a smoke free environment.

Posted: Tuesday, 1st October 2013

Vandalism at the Lake - June 15, 2013

Hi members! Unfortunately, we had a break in at the Lake last night, and the building and other areas of the park were vandalized. There was a significant amount of damage done. The police have been contacted, and today we are busy looking through surveillance video.

We believe it happened around after 4am this morning (June 15th) by two young males who knew their way around the park.

If you have any information about this sensless act of vandalism, please contact our office or the City Police (quote case # 13214156).

Please see our Facebook page for updates.

Thank you.

Posted: Saturday, 15th June 2013

Membership Cards Required For Access

Membership cards are required for access to the Amenities. If you have not yet received your membership cards please stop by the Park office during office hours (Opening Hours button at the bottom of the page).

Each and every family member is required to show their cards to security to gain admittance to the park

Posted: Thursday, 31st July 2008

Email Address For The Homeowners Association

Please direct all general email inquiries to this address as well as any feedback for the board of directors. All of your comments are treated in confidence.

New email address as of May 2015

Posted: Thursday, 31st July 2008

Hours Of Operation

The hours of operations are as follows :

PARK - please note there will be no entry to the park 15 minutes prior to closing.

South gate will be locked 15 minutes prior to the posted closing time in order to allow the guard to return equipmnet to the office.

Monday - Friday - 9am - 10pm
Weekends and Holidays - 8am - 10pm


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 1pm - 5pm

Saturday 10am - 5pm

Closed - Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

Please Note: The office is closed all Statutory Holidays (with the exception of July 1st)