Kensington / Hillhurst

Kensington is considered Calgary’s urban village. The district spans across two northwest communities – Hillhurst and Sunnyside and has been around for over one hundred years. 

Over 250 businesses are part of Kensington which makes it one of Calgary’s most vibrant communities. You could spend an entire day strolling the streets, checking out the local shops, and exploring some great cafes. 

Sunnyside is located on the North side of the bow river adjacent to downtown Calgary. It was established in 1904. The Bow River is south of Hillhurst and was established in 1914. Together these communities form the Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association. 

The main areas of the community association are child care, outreach services, and services for seniors. Recreation programs are also offered through the association and their centre is available for various event rentals. 

In 2020, Sunnyside ranked fourth-best neighbourhood in Calgary in Avenue Magazine’s Best Neighbourhoods in Calgary list. It received 249 restaurant access points and 55 public recreation facility access points. It also received a walk score of 75. 

The community has many different amenities and features that make it a desirable spot in the city. It remains a favourite place for shopping and walking for both Calgarians and tourists.

Kensington shopping district is home to 271 different businesses. The best part of the district is that all the businesses are local! You won’t find big box stores here. With all the things to do around the neighbourhood, it’s easy to spend your entire afternoon here.  

The vibe it has is unlike anything else in the city. Historic and modern elements are intertwined perfectly – it’s impossible to not fall in love with the neighbourhood!

Accessibility

The location is great for those who don’t own a car or prefer walking or biking. Kensington is within walking distance of the city centre. It is also transit accessible. The sunnyside station runs through the community. Four different bus routes also pass through Kensington Road NW. Route 1, 4, 5, and 65. 

Green Spaces

Riley Park is 9 hectares of park within walking distance of Kensington’s shopping district. The park includes a wading pool area, cricket pitch, and a memorial rock garden. 

The Hillhurst and Sunnyside Community Centre playground is a fun place for young families to spend some time. Walk or bike by the river as well! Check out the Hillhurst Athletic Park as well for baseball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, and basketball courts! 

Prince’s Island Park is a short walk away so it’s the perfect destination for a picnic by the river or walking along the river paths. 

Things to do 

Kensington always has many fun events going on. Whether it be a stroll through the Christmas lights, attending the farmer’s market, or enjoying a festival for foodies. Kensington offers something for all residents. 

Other events include summer movie nights, the #LoveYYC campaign that happens in the winter, and craft beer festivals. 

Gather a group of friends and head to the Hexagon Board Game Cafe for a fun-filled board game night. Choose from hundreds of board games and puzzles. You can also enjoy some snacks and hot beverages while you play. 

Looking for some new lunch spots? Sidewalk Citizen Sunnyside’s deli counter offers daily sandwich and pizza specials along with other baked goods. It’s a staple in Kensington! 

If you’re looking for organic tea and coffee, try Higher Ground Cafe. It was established in 1982 and is committed to promoting sustainability on a global scale. 

Another great cafe nestled right in Sunnyside is Vendome. They are more than just a coffee shop. They offer an extensive menu filled with brunches, burgers, cocktails, and wine. 

For the book lover, Pages on Kensington is the place to be. The three-level store is lined with books for readers of all ages. From spine-chilling thrillers to autobiographies, this store is one of Kensington’s gems. There is also a section to purchase used books at a discount. 

Enjoy a unique cafe experience at the Regal Cat Cafe. This cafe is the perfect place for couples and friends to enjoy hand-made coffee, teas, and sweet treats. The cafe houses up to 12 adoptable cats that you can interact with during your visit. 

Every Saturday, the Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association hosts an indoor Farmer’s Market from 10 AM – 2 PM. The goal of the farmer’s market is to become a thriving hub for community activity that is anchored in the exchange of high-quality, local food and goods. This enriches the inner-city and in turn, supports the local economy. The association also hosts a flea and antique market on Sundays from 7 AM until 3 PM. The flea market is great for finding furniture, classic CDs, crafts, and more. 

Schools

SAIT is a post secondary institution located on the north side of Hillhurst. The University of Calgary is a short 10-minute C-train ride away. 

Queen Elizabeth Junior and High School, Hillhurst K-9 School, and Rosedale K-9 School are also in the area. The number of schools for younger children makes Hillhurst/Sunnyside a desirable place for families. 

Kensington Business Improvement Area

The award-winning Kensington Business Improvement Area (BIA) for planning events, keeping the space beautiful and the marketing of the shopping district. 

They work with the City of Calgary to deliver municipal services in their zones as well as advocate for policies that support economic vitality. 

Another part of their role includes enhancing the economic development of a certain area through marketing and promotions. The BIA continues to work hard to maintain the public realm, add new art, and create a safe and inclusive community. 

This historic area of the city is truly a treasure. Although it is older, people of all ages from around the city can come and appreciate the beautiful architecture, local businesses, and enjoy the green spaces. 

Calgarians won’t find another area in the city with the same atmosphere as Kensington. 

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Here is a recent kitchen renovation in Kensington / Hillhurst Calgary completed by Reborn Renovations

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https://www.google.com/maps?cid=16138368582374918816
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https://calgarylifestyleguide.com/kensington-calgary-neighbourhood-guide/
https://www.hsca.ca/
https://kensingtonyyc.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunnyside,_Calgary
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillhurst,_Calgary

Auburn Bay

The community of Auburn Bay is located in Calgary’s southeast quadrant on the southeastern edge of the city. It ​​is bounded by Seton Boulevard to the south, Deerfoot Trail to the west, 52 Street to the east, and Stoney Trail to the north. The access to main routes is one of the best selling points for Auburn Bay. 

Calgary Transit’s future Green Line is set to run along the community’s eastern boundary. South Health Campus Hospital is located across the street from the community. Though the area is still relatively new, it has made tremendous progress over the past few years. 

In 2020, Auburn Bay ranked 80th overall as the best neighbourhood in Calgary. In 2019, it had a population of approximately 17,600 in approximately 6000 dwellings.  According to the 2016 Census, 62% of households had children at home. The majority of residents were between the ages of 30-34. 

The pathways, parks, and gathering spaces are designed to bring the community together. Enjoy a cottage lifestyle where you can visit and celebrate with friendly neighbours. The residents are warm and welcoming, something that is typically reserved for cottage country but you can get it in Calgary. 

The community offers a wide variety of styles, price-ranges, builders, and layouts. Everything you need is in Auburn Bay. Home styles include condos, townhomes, laned, and front drive homes. Currently, the community is still building condos and townhomes by Brookfield Residential and Logel Homes. This neighbourhood has something for residents in all stages of life and various amenities located throughout. 

The Lake

The focal point of the community is the 43-acre freshwater lake. The lake provides year-round fun for residents and their friends. Summer activities include swimming, sailing, scuba diving, and fishing. Winter activities include ice skating and ice fishing. The four-season vacation style leisure is for residents and their family and friends to enjoy! 

There are various ways to get moving in the community as well. Pathways surrounding the lake are great for walking, running, or biking. 

Auburn House

The house is the heart of the community. The 14,000 sq ft professionally managed facility is located on the community's private 13-acre park and offers a place to gather with family and fellow residents. The resident’s association is a volunteer based organization that provides residents with events and activities to meet others in the community. They represent the community with all levels of government, education, and police. 

The year-round maintenance throughout the community is aimed to increase the community spirit. Think of the house as an unofficial activity planner. 

In addition to the lake, the Auburn House offers indoor ice skating rinks, a splash park, tennis courts, and a large indoor gymnasium.

Residents of Auburn Bay and non-residents are able to rent the facility for weddings, birthday parties, corporate events, and more! The association also holds events throughout the year – especially around the holidays. 

A few Drop-in programs and summer camps are also offered by the association. 

Schools

Auburn Bay school is a public kindergarten-grade four school and Prince of Peace school is a Catholic that serves kindergarten-grade nine. The community is also home to a future Catholic elementary school and public junior high. The current schools and future schools are another reason young families find the community so desirable. Children won’t need to leave Auburn Bay to go to school!

Outdoor Spaces

Lovers of the outdoors are sure to love Auburn Bay. There are cycling and walking trails throughout the community along with two large soccer fields and two baseball fields. Your four-legged friends will also love the community because of the large off-leash dog park right at the entrance of Auburn Bay. 

There are fifteen playgrounds located throughout which makes this neighbourhood ideal for families with small children.

Several ponds and green spaces provide the perfect area to sit and relax or have an outdoor gathering with friends. 

Auburn Station

The options for retail therapy are endless near the community. Auburn Station is home to Auburn Bay Dental, Auburn Bay Veterinary Clinic, and Eye Live Optometry Clinic. In addition to these businesses, there are restaurants, grocery stores, and a gas station. 

XO Ice Cream and Waffles is a popular spot for southern Calgarians to grab a delicious ice cream sundae topped with fresh fluffy waffles. 

Blackbird Public Urban Bar is a local pub that the community calls home. It was designed to create an authentic and warm atmosphere. Staff provide patrons with a warm welcome and a friendly experience as soon as they enter. 

A hair salon and nail spa are part of Auburn Station as well. Pamper yourself without having to stray too far from home. 

Seton District and Mahogany Village are also nearby providing everyone with all they could need for home decor, entertainment, fitness, and more. Head to Seton District to visit the Cineplex theatre to catch the latest blockbuster or join in on a class at OrangeTheory Fitness

Mahogany Village is home to The Bro’kin Yolk which has become one of Calgary’s hottest breakfast and brunch spots. There you will also find popular restaurants for various tastes, a grocery store, banks, and more. 

Transit

Having a car and living in Auburn Bay is a must. It is difficult to get around without one!  As mentioned early, the C-train’s Green Line is set to run through the community. In the meantime, one bus route serves Auburn Bay – the 406 and it only operates on weekdays. 

Auburn Bay is a south Calgary community with tons of potential. The small-town beach aesthetic sets it apart from other neighbourhoods in the city. It provides residents with the feeling of a cottage getaway but is still close to the busyness of city life. The neighbourhood has grown exponentially over the past few years and will continue to be a beautiful area families call home. 


Reborn Renovations provides award winning home renovations to all areas of Calgary, Airdrie, Okotoks, and Cochrane. We offer custom Home Additions, Basement Developments, Kitchen Renovations, Bathroom Remodels and more.

Check out this simple Basement Development in Auburn Bay by Reborn Renovations and learn what you should look for in choosing the right contractor.

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Haysboro, SW Calgary

Haysboro is a neighbourhood located in the South West quadrant of Calgary. It is conveniently located near Macleod Trail, Heritage Drive, and Southland Drive. The community was established back in 1958. 

The neighbourhood ranked 37 in Avenue Magazine’s Best Neighbourhoods in Calgary 2020. In 2019 it ranked much higher at 13th overall. The community also received 123 restaurant points and 61 transit points. Haysboro has a walking score of 52. 

In 2018, the population was 7,080. In 2016, 74% of Haysboro residents were between the ages of 15-64. 49% of residents were empty-nesters. Although almost half the residents don’t have children at home, the area is a great place for young families to plant their roots. 

The close proximity to main routes, transit, and amenities make Haysboro an engaging neighbourhood in the city! It’s the perfect location. Close enough to the city centre without being in the heart of all the action of downtown

Detached homes in Haysboro are quite affordable compared to other single-family homes in Calgary. There are also tons of reasonably priced condos for sale in the area for buyers looking for smaller and more affordable options. The houses are full of charm but you can also find a renovated home if you are looking for something more modern. 

Macleod Trail runs North to South and Heritage Drive provides drivers with easy access East to West roadways. Haybsoro is around eight kms away from downtown, this makes it desirable for those who commute to work everyday. 

The neighbors in Haysboro are known for being warm and inviting! and it isn't unusual Residents who love the idea of living in a family-friendly and tight-knit community they don’t need to look any further!

Transit:

It’s easy for residents to get around using public transportation in Haysboro. Calgary Transit has a pretty heavy presence in the area. The bus route 37 serves the neighbourhood. The Southland and Heritage C-train stations are easily accessible as well. 

Community Amenities

The Haysboro Community Association is a volunteer organization that aims to constructively shape the Haysboro community and neighbourhood. Their vision is to foster a safe and vibrant community that the residents will benefit from. 

The association offers a preschool program as well as tai chi programs. The building also has rooms available for rent. It is a great place to host parties, banquets, or larger group events. There are smaller rooms available for small groups. 

There is also a resource group for seniors through the Haysboro Community Association. The program is focused on providing seniors in the neighbourhood with targeted events. The Snow & Lawn Care Program is an affordable program for seniors in Haysboro. The seniors pay a flat fee and youth within the community shovel snow for them. 

There are two public tennis courts available for use. The courts are surrounded by the community park. The open field and playgrounds are a great place to bring the family in the warmer months. With all the friendly neighbours, why not get together for a game? 

The Glenmore reservoir is to the west of Haysboro which is great for a nature lover or runners. 

This area has all the basic necessities. There are dry cleaners, a selection of barbershops and salons, a supermarket, a gym, and Chinook Centre Mall and South Centre mall nearby.

Restaurants

There are various restaurants around the community that any foodie needs to try! Here are a few favourites among residents. 

PZA Parlour is a modern restaurant that offers traditional pizza and Italian food as well as a variety of beer and wines. Their focus is on good food and good service. 

Big Catch Sushi Bar gives diners an authentic experience. Their goal is to make the lives of Calgarians more diverse by bringing the culture and techniques from Japan right to our city. 

For those who love Alberta beef, Wellington’s has some of the best steak the city has to offer. Enjoy a delicious meal with the art of true table service. In addition to steak, they also have seafood options.

If you love Korean BBQ, head to Yum Yum BBQ Chicken. The food is made fresh and a variety of sauces provide a taste experience that barbecue lovers are sure to enjoy. 

Macao Imperial tea has a variety of sweet bubble teas. Enjoy a nice drink in a welcoming and friendly environment. 

Schools

There are a variety of schools in the neighbourhood which is usually a huge deciding factor for families when looking for a new home. The community is served by Akiva Academy, Haysboro Elementary and Woodman Junior High public schools, as well the charter STEM Innovation Academy and Our Lady of the Rockies High School. There is also a Spanish immersion school in the community – Eugene Coste elementary.

Miscellaneous 

Heritage Park Historical Village is a short drive away from Haysboro. It provides visitors with an immersive glimpse into life from the 1860s through the 1930s. This is a popular destination for families with young ones. It is seasonally open from late May through mid-October.

Heritage Town Square does not require admission! It includes the Selkirk full-service restaurant, an old-fashioned soda shop, and the railway cafe. There is also a greenspace for people to gather. 

Thrift stores such as Value Village and Goodwill are in the neighbourhood for those who like to shop for vintage pieces, shop on a budget, or look for a few treasures!

The Rockyview General Hospital is a short drive away from Haysboro. 

Haysboro is a great neighbourhood for  families and individuals who are wanting to settle down. The neighbourhood provides all the amenities and comforts you’ll need close to your home. 

Reborn Renovations is an award-winning home renovation company located in Calgary, providing interior and exterior renovations as well as home additions in all neighbourhoods of Calgary, including Haysboro, Lake Bonavista, Altadore and more
We also proudly serve the surrounding areas of, Airdrie, Okotoks, and Cochrane

Sources:

  1. https://nexthome.ca/neighbourhoods/calgary-haysboro/31453/
  2. https://haysboro.org/ 
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haysboro,_Calgary

Altadore, SW Calgary

The community of Altadore is located in the southwest inner city portion of Calgary. Altadore is part of the Marda Loop Communities Association. The community currently has an area redevelopment plan in place. It was established in 1945. 

The neighbourhood of Altadore is a jewel of the city thanks to its vibrant cultural and social scene. It is one of the fastest-growing communities in Canada. The varied mix of green spaces, parks, recreation, and Marda Loop shopping district make it a must visit. 

In 2010, it was named Canada’s top neighbourhood. In 2020 the neighbourhood ranked 15 on Avenue Magazine’s Best Neighbourhoods. It continues to attract younger families. It is the perfect mix of luxury city living with classic character homes as well. 

The inner-city neighbourhood is close to all the action! There is an energetic vibe that encompasses the community. 

74% of the population in 2016 was between the ages of 15-64. 50% of residents were families with children still living at home. In Calgary’s municipal census in 2018, Altadore’s population was 6,831 living in 3,218 dwellings.

The Marda Loop district is one of Calgary’s busiest and most popular outdoor shopping areas. Many come to experience the local boutiques, coffee shops, and restaurants. The shopping district is highly sought after for those who prefer to shop local. 

In the summertime, the Marda Gras street festival draws over 35,000 Calgarians each year. There are street performers, local food, and various activities for families to participate in! 

A plus for residents is the proximity to main routes such as Crowchild Trail, Glenmore Trail, and 4th Street SW. 

There are many amenities and aspects that make this area so desirable. 

Parks and Green Spaces

River Park features 21 hectares of land. It is located in southwest Calgary on the ridge above Sandy Beach. The park also has a large off-leash area for canine friends. Enjoy a nice picnic or a long walk with a great view. 

Across the community border is the Elbow River Pathway, which is great for bikers and runners. 

Residents have access to various picnic areas and parks along the river pathways. 

There are seven playgrounds located throughout the area which is great for families with small children. 

Recreation Spaces

The community of Marda Loop consists of the neighbourhoods Marda Loop, Garrison Woods, Altadore, Riverpark, and South Calgary. It is located in the southwest quadrant of the city. 

The Marda Loop Community Association offers various resources and activities for residents to enjoy. Tennis courts, an outdoor pool, and multiple indoor and outdoor skating rinks and seasonal beach volleyball courts provide ample entertainment! Sports teams, a dance program, and a play group are also operated through the community association. 

Indoor rinks and arenas in the area include the Flames Community Arena and the Garrison Curling Club, and Stu Peppard Arena

Lakeview Golf Course is a public course that is available for community residents to enjoy as well. 

Restaurants

Various cuisines line the streets of the community. There is something for everyone. Here are just a few of the different places to grab a bite or drink. 

Pegasus Greek Restaurant offers authentic Greek food made from scratch.

The Garrison Pub gives the ultimate comfort food experience, enjoy classic pub food from this restaurant. 

Monogram Coffee is the perfect place to grab a specialty cup of coffee. Each flavour they offer has been carefully crafted and tested. Their coffee is perfect for a cold day. Why not grab a pastry too? 

If you’re up for dessert, head to My Favourite Ice Cream Shoppe. Choose from over 70 flavours of delicious ice cream. The shop is decorated with vintage items which give it a unique feel. 

Marda Loop Brewing is a local brewery that offers various craft drinks and some classic pub bites. The brewery is the perfect  place to gather with friends or co-workers. 

Transit

There are two bus routes that serve the area. Route 13 and Route 7 have stops that pass through Altadore. The closest C-train station is the 39th Avenue station which is 1.62 kilometres away. The next closest station is Chinook at 1.94 kilometres away. 

Schools

Altadore Elementary, on 16th Street S.W. is a school that opened in 1952. It serves students from kindergarten to grade six and was opened in 1952.

Dr. Oakley School, on 20th Street S.W. was repurposed in 1980 and currently serves students with learning disabilities from grades three to nine. Both schools are operated by the Calgary Board of Education. 

The designated public junior high school is Mount Royal Junior High close by in the neighbourhood of Mount Royal. The designated public senior high school is Central Memorial High School located in the North Glenmore Park neighbourhood.

There are a few private schools in Altadore as well including Rundle Academy. The Calgary Catholic school board does not currently have any schools in the community. 

Miscellaneous Amenities

The Militaries Museum of Calgary is the largest tri-service museum in all of Western Canada and the second largest military museum in the country. Over 50,000 visitors year-round visit the museum and over 10,000 students participate in educational programs offered by the facility. The Military Museums is dedicated to preserving the memories and traditions of those who proudly served Canada. This museum is a must-see. 

The Guiffre Family Library is conveniently located on 14 St SW. The library offers free wifi, meeting spaces, a separate children’s area, quiet study rooms and more. It’s a fun place for families looking for an activity and for students hoping to get in a study session. The library is conveniently accessible by bike, transit, and walking too!

Though this neighbourhood might be older, the energy and vibe is undeniable. It’s an exciting place that offers something for people in stages of life. What’s your favourite thing to do in Altadore? 

Reborn Renovations is an award winning home renovation company located in Calgary, providing interior and exterior renovations as well as home additions. Proudly serving Calgary, Airdrie, Okotoks, and Cochrane.
Learn more about some of the other areas we service including Haysboro and Legacy

Sources:

  1. https://www.maillothomes.com/neighbourhoods-to-buy-land-in-calgary/
  2. https://www.avenuecalgary.com/city-life/neighbourhoods/11-things-to-love-about-altadore/
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  4. https://mardaloop.com/
  5. https://www.calgary.ca/csps/cns/social-research-policy-and-resources/community-profiles/altadore-profile.html

Photo from: Gerold Haukenfrers, Contributed to Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/RqRAVxQmGih2Ggey5

Lake Bonavista, SE Calgary

Lake Bonavista is located in Calgary’s Southeast quadrant. Anderson Road is to the north of the neighbourhood along with Macleod Trail to the west and Canyon Meadows Drive to the south. Bonavista Downs is located in the northeast corner of the neighbourhood. It is centrally located which makes it appealing to many of the residents and future buyers. 

Development of the community began in 1967. It was the first neighbourhood in Canada that was built around a manmade lake and was the model for other lake communities in Calgary. 

Lake Bonavista ranked 8th overall in Avenue Calgary’s 2019 Best Neighbourhoods and 13th overall in 2020. The neighbourhood received 92 public recreation facility access points and 91 restaurant access points. 

The area consists mainly of single family dwellings. In 2019, the neighbourhood’s population was 10,293, a slight decrease to 2016 when the population was 10,520. The estate homes are some of the city’s most sought-after pieces of real estate. The main age group was individuals between 15-64 years old. 48% of the population were couples with children which made up the majority. 

Lake Bonavista is close to many amenities and offers a variety of activities within the neighbourhood itself. Fish Creek Provincial Park borders the south side of the community as well making it easy for runners and bikers to get out in nature and enjoy the views. 

The community is close to Calgary Transit, too!  Three different bus routes serve the area. 

Route 29 to the north, Route 35 in the middle, and Route 81 in the south. The Canyon Meadows CTrain Station serves as the closest station to Lake Bonavista. The transit accessibility makes the community a desirable spot. 

Shopping and Restaurants

Lake Bonavista Promenade is a commercial development within Lake Bonavista that is home to retail shops as well as professional offices. It has provided a family friendly shopping experience for over thirty years. Different events occur here including workshops, fundraisers, special holiday events, and more. 

The promenade is home to Bonavista Flowers, Momms Premium Pet Foods, Bravin Jewellers, Pawsitively Purrfect Pet Spa​​, and many other local businesses. A grocery store, barber shop, and medical offices are also located in the promenade. 

Convenient access to shopping along Macleod Trail and Southcentre Mall makes it easy for residents to head out and get what they need when they need it.

Avenida Village shopping centre is close to Lake Bonavista as well and offers retail and professional offices. 

Canyon Meadows Cinema is a great destination for family nights, groups, and more. It is nice to watch the newest movies at a lower price with some classic movie snacks. 

There are a variety of restaurants to try in the community as well including Oriental Grill Vietnamese Cuisine, The Lake House, Brewsters Lake Bonavista, and a variety of other cuisines to fit anyone’s taste! 

Community Centre

The Lake Bonavista Community Association owns a community centre. The centre includes two ice rinks, a gym, and various multipurpose rooms. Art classes, sports programs, drop-in classes, and a community garden are part of the Community Association’s offerings. Facilities can be booked for birthday parties and other private events. 

The association also created the successful initiative called Canskate. The program utilizes the skating rinks and offers lessons to the community’s youth. 

The Frank McCool Arena owned by the City of Calgary, is also within the community. The arena hosts minor and adult ice sports leagues. The Frank McCool Athletic park, which is adjacent to the arena, has two soccer fields and two athletic fields. 

The Good Food Box program is a Community Kitchen Program that enables people to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables for less. Everyone is welcome to utilize the program and place an order. Orders are delivered once a month to the Lake Bonavista Community Association. 

Lake

Residents can enjoy their own exclusive open-water oasis. Lake Bonavista’s 52 acre manmade lake was constructed in 1968. It is one of the largest mandmade lakes in Calgary. A 65-foot waterfall adjacent to the lake was constructed as well. The lake and park can be used year-round and provide various recreational opportunities for residents. Activities include fishing and ice fishing, swimming, boating, tennis, skating, and sledding.  

Lake Bonavista Homeowners Association is a non-profit organization run by a volunteer Board of Directors. These volunteers are in charge of  the operation and maintenance of the Lake and Park through Park Superintendent and staff. 

Various events and programs are held on Lake property including social meetings for seniors, scavenger hunts, and other holiday events. Members can host private indoor and outdoor events on the property as well. The lake property is often used as the backdrop for graduation, family, and wedding photos. 

Lake Bonaventure is also in the community. The 35-acre lake is only available to residents in the houses built around it. 

Schools and Churches

The various schools in the neighbourhood make it one a sought after destination for families. The community is home to three public elementary schools, a Catholic elementary school, a public junior high, and a Catholic junior high. 

There are four different churches located throughout the community as well. 

Miscellaneous Amenities

LakeSide Spa – The spa offers various massages such as hot stone, lymphatic drainage, prenatal and more. They also offer other services like waxing, facials, and eyebrow treatments. The spa is a great place to relax and invest in your well-being. 

Yoga-Haven – The moment anyone enters the studio, they know they’re in for a unique experience. Dedicated and qualified instructors ensure a positive class. The studio offers classes at various levels so everyone is welcome! 

Beads and Plenty More – This craft store offers everything needed to create one of a kind jewellery pieces. They also offer design classes where all materials are included. Just register and show up! It’s a great way to meet new people. 

Lake Bonavista offers something for everyone in every stage of life. Head down south to see for yourself what the neighbourhood can do for you! 

Reborn Renovations is an award winning home renovation company located in Calgary, providing interior and exterior renovations as well as home additions. Proudly serving Calgary, Airdrie, Okotoks, and Cochrane

Miscellaneous Amenities

LakeSide Spa – The spa offers various massages such as hot stone, lymphatic drainage, prenatal and more. They also offer other services like waxing, facials, and eyebrow treatments. The spa is a great place to relax and invest in your well-being. 

Past Projects
Some of the past home renovation projects Reborn Renovations has completed in Lake Bonavista

Sources:

  1. https://lkbonavista.ca/
  2. http://thelbca.ca/
  3. https://www.avenuecalgary.com/best-neighbourhoods-filter/lake-bonavista-2/
  4. https://www.calgary.ca/csps/cns/social-research-policy-and-resources/community-profiles/lake-bonavista.html
  5. https://bonavistapromenade.ca/

Photo from: Peter Yim, https://www.google.com/maps/contrib/111008322710113959014

Contributed to Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/1mrQD4DF64XYX4Pq6

Legacy, SE Calgary

Legacy - one of Calgary’s newer communities located in the deep south-east, is a hidden gem that has more to offer than you might think. 

The community has been part of Calgary since 2013 and was developed by WestCreek Developments. Legacy can be found along the southern boundary of Calgary with Foothills County, east of Macleod Trail. It is south of the community of Walden, and west of the Bow River. 

Part of what makes Legacy so attractive is that the amenities of a big city are a short drive away, but you have the small town community feel as well. 

Located in different parts of the community is beautiful architecture and sculptures for the public to enjoy. In 2016, Legacy’s first public art piece arrived in the community. It symbolizes the act of caring for others. The sculpture represents togetherness, friendship, and community. The vision WestCreek had for the sculpture was for residents to be able to enjoy Calgary’s growing cultural landscape right in their own community!

The neighbourhood was designed to offer timeless living for any stage of life. Living life to the fullest is possible due to all the amenities throughout. Currently, there are 7000 existing homes with more being built. Over 15,000 residents call Legacy home. 

 Some of the city’s top builders have made their mark in Legacy including Stepper Homes, Jayman, Shane Homes, and more. Classic architecture is meant to stand the test of time. Homes range from one-bedroom condos to luxury and estate lots. 

Legacy will be home to four schools as well. All Saints High School was founded in 2018 and is currently the only school that is open in the community. Future schools include a public elementary school, public junior high, and separate K-9 school. 

The all-inclusive neighbourhood is built for lifelong memories. The community includes some exquisite amenities that anyone can enjoy. 

Amenities

The community offers something for individuals in every age group. From parks to a new shopping district, residents and visitors can enjoy a little bit of everything. 

Legacy has 1000 total acres of land development. 

Pathways 

The crowning jewel of the neighbourhood is the 15 km of scenic walking paths throughout. The paths wind through ponds, the development, and overlook a 300-acre environmental reserve. Since the area is protected, it will remain a key part of Legacy. 

The paths are perfect for bike rides, jogs, and walking. The paths are open year-round as well. There’s nothing better than enjoying the Calgary sun on a beautiful day. 

Residents can find picnic tables along the paths as well to enjoy a coffee or snack. 

Playgrounds

Legacy is home to many young families. Children can enjoy five state-of-the art playgrounds located around the neighbourhood. 

The playgrounds are welcome for children of all ages to play. Instead of rocks or wood chips around the structure, soft rubber flooring surrounds each play area. 

It has been announced that more playgrounds will be built throughout the neighbourhood as well. 

Community Garden

Have a green thumb? This amenity is perfect for gardeners of all abilities and ages. The garden is maintained by the Legacy Resident Association – a non profit organization run by volunteers. The plots are based on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

The goal of the space is to increase biodiversity and community involvement. It is a great way to meet new people! 

The cost varies depending on the size of the plot. Prices are $35/year for a 3’x8’ plot and $17.50/year for a 3’x4’ plot. This fee covers general upkeep and maintenance. 

Green Spaces

Legacy is home to 10 parks and four soccer fields. It’s even possible to walk from one end of the community to the other without ever leaving the scenic green areas thanks to all the pathways. 

Bus Routes

In the summer of 2017, a bus route was put into place. Route 167 and 168 connect residents to where they need to go. The routes connect to the Somerset train station. Legacy is one of the only new communities in Calgary to provide transit access to residents. 

Shopping District

The community boasts 800,000 square feet of commercial space. The commercial spaces are home to local restaurants, barber shops, medical, department stores, and childcare services. 

In 2021, the newest commercial spaces Township and Legacy Grove, opened. These new spaces include restaurants, pet shops, grocery stores, and more. F45 Legacy was also introduced in the summer of 2021. 

These shops bring life into the community and are putting it on the map! Legacy is no longer a suburb only for residents, but visitors can find something to enjoy too. 

Bone and Biscuit Legacy and TailBlazers Legacy are specialty pet shops that provide quality foods, toys, and pet accessories for residents in the area. 

Some local restaurants include:

The Mash where the specialty served is pizza made from brewer's spent grains. 

Jon Smith Subs provides customers with the freshest, highest quality ingredients in their sandwiches. 

Community

What makes a neighbourhood special is the community within it! Over 2000 Calgarians call Legacy home. 

In 2014, the Legacy Residents Association was formed as a way to enhance the community as well as increase neighbourly interactions. Their goal is to create a homebase rather than just owning a home. This is a non-profit organization that manages maintenance within the community. 

During the holiday season, they provide a beautiful light display and a skating rink that is free of charge for residents to enjoy. 

In addition to the Residents Association, there is also the community association. The community association was formed by residents to support recreational and educational needs in the neighbourhood. 

Their goal is to get  community members to actively engage and be involved. They facilitate recreational, cultural, social, athletic and educational activities for residents to enjoy. Some of these events include food truck bookings, decorating contests, giveaways, and more! They provide venues and platforms to build the community up together.

They are always looking for volunteers so this is a great way to meet like-minded individuals in the community. They want to provide a safe, caring and vibrant community where people are connected.

Legacy truly is an energetic community with tons of potential!

Postal and Geographic Area

Legacy is located in the forward sortation areas(FSA) of T2X designated by Canada Post (T2X 0Y6), and at a geographic location of 50°51'38.6"N 114°01'02.5"W

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Sources:

  1. https://legacylife.ca/
  2. https://calgarylegacy.ca/
  3. https://www.westcreekdevelopments.com/

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