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Please obey the posted "Danger Thin Ice" signs and do not go on the lake ice surface.

The weight of the recent snowfall along with the warm weather that preceeded has made for dangeous ice conditions. Several holes have opened up in the lake ice surface.

Stay off the lake ice surface.

Posted: Friday, 16th March 2018

Toboggan Hill 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.

Do not slide onto the lake ice surface.

Thank you.

Posted: Friday, 16th March 2018

Sakting Season Over

The skating season has come to an end.

The lake ice is now closed to all activities due to Thin Ice Conditions.

The top skating pad is closed for the season. The warm weather caused the skating pad to melt and pool in many areas. When cleaning the recent snow from the pad, we broke through partially frozen pools of water down to the concrete below.

On a brighter note.........Spring is around the corner!

Thank you.

Posted: Friday, 16th March 2018

Park Closing At 7 Pm.

Unfortunately our skating season is nearing the end. On the bright side, Spring is just around the corner!

Thank you.

Posted: Tuesday, 13th March 2018

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

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


No person under 16 shall be permitted on a boat unless accompanied by a person at least 16 years of age.

Members wishing to sign out a boat must leave their membership card at the main gate or boat house. The member that signs out the boat must be in the boat at all times.

Life jackets must be worn by all occupants of any water vessel at all times. Failure to do so will result in a loss of lake privileges..

All boats or sail boards should immediately come ashore if potentially hazardous conditions arise such as lightning, dangerous winds or storm conditions.

No boat or sail board shall be operated in a careless or dangerous manner.

No watercraft shall be beached along the shoreline.

Jumping and swimming from the boats is strictly prohibited.

Maximum of 2 hour time limit when signing out boats.

All boats must be returned at least 30 minutes prior to closing.

Boats or equipment that is damaged or unsafe must be returned to the boat house immediately.

Should a boat capsize on the lake, the most important rule s STAY WITH THE BOAT until assistance arrives.

A line of marker buoys will be established off both beach areas to define the restricted zones. No watercraft are permitted between the beach and marker buoys.