Lake Bonavista Village Retirement Residence is beautifully situated on eight park-like acres on the west-side of the well-established and upscale Calgary community of Lake Bonavista. Our retirement Residence is centrally located in the midst of native trees and tended gardens alongside a pathway that meanders around the main building and through our cul de sac community of thirteen cottages. These unique cottages encircle a community gazebo which adjoins a walkway to a pedestrian bridge over Anderson Road to Southcentre Mall. This park-like setting along with our rare cluster of bungalows, makes Lake Bonavista Village Retirement Residence an ideal place for senior to find inspiration and peace in this very popular corner of Calgary. Senior Living has really changed over the years and we would like to show you what Retirement Living is all about.
Acting General Manager
Shezma has been a part of the Lake Bonavista Village community since 2007. In her role as an LPN, she showed commitment and drive in addressing resident matters and grew with the community into her Resident Services Manager role in 2013. Her fluency in Alberta Health Services and homecare matters made her a perfect fit for the Area Health and Wellness Lead role for the Prairies in 2020. Her deep-rooted drive and compassion in helping others has continued to ensure that our residents and families are satisfied, safe and happy. Her leadership skills are evident, and she exhibits commitment to maintaining and growing within Verve’s standards and expectations.
Services & Amenities
What does it mean to live with Verve? At Lake Bonavista Village Retirement Residence, we have a highly-skilled group of registered health care professionals and 24/7 personal care aides who are able to provide that small helping hand to our residents when they may require that extra bit of care and support such as medication and/or bathing assistance. Living well means living safely, with the peace of mind of knowing that help is never far away. Our resident services department is here to make sure that you are connected with the assisted living and information you need when you need it.
Just because you're aging doesn't mean you should stop living an active and vibrant lifestyle. Your dreams, passions and hobbies are as unique as you are. Lake Bonavista Village is a place where you can continue to be you and continue to grow as an individual by being socially connected, and challenged in mind, body, and spirit. At our residence, you will find qualified individuals planning and delivering a wide assortment of daily programs, along with dedicated spaces for your leisure pastimes, and a great community of folks to join you in your adventures and applaud you along the way.
Lake Bonavista is a place you can call home. And not because it's where you wake up every morning, but because you're surrounded by peace of mind and warmth from people who genuinely care about your well-being. We believe that you should feel safe and reassured when living here. Our 24 hour professional staff, emergency call system with optional pendants, video monitoring, and visitor sign-in, are just the beginning. All our employees are trained to keep an eye out for you and to make sure that each day is a great day… whether it be our receptionist at the front desk, our maintenance personnel, or the server in the dining room; everyone is actively watching out for your well-being. We call it “protective oversight” and it means that your safety isn't treated like a job—it's woven into everything we do.
If your home had everything you needed at your fingertips, combined with an engaging social calendar, you'd never want to leave. That's how we approach our communities, and Lake Bonavista Village is without exception. Fulfilling your spirit, body, and mind means challenging yourself and bettering yourself. So… try taking a plunge in the pool or joining an art class, and when you're done, relax with friends in our Bistro for a cup of coffee or toast to your day's accomplishments over a glass of wine or other spirits at our scheduled happy hours.
For most of us, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Everyone is welcomed with open arms and good food, and keeping in mind the tastes and preferences of both guests and family members alike is a pleasure. We agree that fussing over loved ones is a joyful part of creating a memorable meal, be it formal or informal. At Lake Bonavista Village our Culinary Team team takes care of everything so you can enjoy your time with friends and family. We're quite literally at your service.
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Consult with your friends and family to take on a brave new project. Regardless, your new home should feel like your own with a style and setting that's distinctly yours, so take your pick from our unique and varied floor plans, including our cottage bungalows. Adding your own personal touches to our beautiful suites will make Lake Bonavista Village feel as special and warm as your old home — you simply bring your treasured antiques, old time favourites, and furry loved ones too.
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 friendly and courteous dining staff who know your personal tastes.
Dining Services Manager & Executive Chef
Breakfast Sample Menu
Assorted juices, tea or coffee, milk, sliced seasonal fresh fruit, assortment of hot and cold cereals, bacon and eggs a la carte, muffins and/or assortment of breads, jams and marmalade.
Lunch Sample Menu
Potato and leek soup, choice of cheese tortellini w/alfredo sauce accompanied by garlic toast and a house salad, or a grilled chicken salad plate w/roll… topped off with Vanilla yogurt and seasonal fruit garnish for dessert.
Dinner Sample Menu
Garnished spring salad mix, choice of roast pork loin with gravy and applesauce, or crisp phyllo shrimp with ginger sauce accompanied by roast potato, baked acorn squash, and steamed snap peas. Pumpkin pie completes the evening choice.
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Within walking distance of Southcentre Mall and your favorite coffee shop, Lake Bonavista Village is pleasantly situated on eight park-like acres close to the intersection of Macleod Trail and Anderson Road in the heart of southeast Calgary. Our residents enjoy a host of amenities, from churches to clinics, an array of restaurants, and a hotel all within walking distance of home… and if you choose to venture further, the city transit stop is right outside our front door!
What People Say About Us
After living in my home in Calgary for some 47 years I moved into Lake Bonavista Retirement Community in September 2019 and have thoroughly enjoyed my stay here. However, I realize how fortunate I’ve been to have made this decision for my lifestyle changed dramatically in July 2020 when unexpectedly I was faced with a severe illness. I’ve been so grateful for the care I’ve been given for it has involved the hard working staff in the preparation and serving of the excellent meals, housekeeping, and medical department who have been accommodating my “special needs” as they occurred. Every single employee has been so helpful and what I have particularly noticed is that in spite of a normal work load they’ve been so willing to lend a hand with a smile on their faces! This, in addition to maintain a spotless environment and fighting COVID 19! The residents have been so supportive, and I agree with the slogan “Follow me to LBV, the happiest place to be!”
I would like to express my thanks for the care my mother-in-law received at the village . Mom up until mid November was a resident at Lake Bonavista Village for 8 years. We Chose the Village as it was bright and airy, with its window lined Main Street, high ceilings ,and shops. This especially appealed to mom as she had always included a walk in her daily routine, but was becoming concerned with the slippery sidewalks outside. I especially liked the cozy fireplace where residents seem to gravitate , and there was always a few tables of jig saw puzzles being done. The pool was great and when it was not booked for the residents, I was able to bring my grandchildren for a swim . It was a terrific way for great grandma to interact with her great-grandchildren. When mom was ill, the staff were always available and very accommodating. I felt very comfortable with the support mom received especially during Lockdowns - moms needs were met and she became quite fond of everyone. Thank you for the opportunity to keep mom in our community.
I have lived here now for 4 years, and I am very impressed with the community. I came twice to visit before giving a deposit, then I came and had a drink here and that really sealed the deal. It was a big change for me, as I had previously spent 87 years living on a farm! But I adjusted easily as there is so much property that I can walk around as much as I want. It was an easy moving in process, and I was immediately impressed that staff had learnt my name. I like that there are different options for meals and can get a half order as well. I definitely recommend the bus trips and card games when you get here. COVID has been hard but still good, the staff have been great all year and I have met lots of good friends and can talk to everybody. The bistro in particular is a great place to talk to people. The staff and people who live here are wonderful, and my highlight of the week is the Happy Hour (we do it every day anyway 😉)
The whole place is just full of little details that at a first glance you may not even notice, but it shows how much thought and care has gone into creating this environment. I love the stained-glass windows, a fish tank to relax by, high ceilings and big windows that make you feel like you are outside. Extra touches like accent pieces and panels on walls, and extra handrails for ease. You walk in the door and it is bright, open, and comfortable. The whole building is decorated with beautiful pieces, art and furniture that really makes LBV feel homey and welcoming. I sold my home that I had lived in for many years and when I moved here it immediately felt like coming home. I love eating in the dining room and not seeing other buildings or traffic, I look out and see the garden, the trees and sometimes even a deer or two! I can sit by the fireplace and enjoy the comings and goings of the village, go for a swim in the pool, use the recreation areas or go for a walk around the grounds. The staff are really great in every department that make you know you are home. It all makes a difference and I don’t think you would find it anywhere else.
My husband and I initially looked at Lake Bonavista because the rent was relevant according to the average Canadian owners’ prices. When we toured the building, we found the atmosphere very pleasant, but what really sold us on a move were the bright and large living spaces. I have been able to do lots of reading and finish many knitting and crochet projects since moving here. The staff attitudes towards everyone personally, and the privacy and respect given is great. The LPN service in taking care of my husband Philip has been wonderful. To anyone considering a move to Lake Bonavista Village, all I need to say is, that they have chosen the best Senior Living Residence in Alberta. I would also highly recommend the Friday afternoon Happy Hour!
I considered only those residences which accept pets. If my little dog could not come, neither would I. My daughter, sister and I toured one facility which was lovely. Then we had a tour of Lake Bonavista Village, and when it ended I announced, “This feels like home!”; they agreed. The biggest surprise during my five years here has been the unfailing care and dedication of the entire staff and administration. Even throughout the pandemic, when most activities have been cancelled or modified, great effort has been made to provide residents with alternatives while still observing guidelines.
Once I made up my mind it was time for me to move, I looked at many places. All of course were an entirely different way of living, so I had to do a lot of thinking and comparing. Also deciding what I really wanted. The minute I walked in here it felt like home! Here there are many people to get to know, visit with and do the many activities with. I also have my own space. I was shown around, and it did not feel like a salesman job. It was friendly with lots of laughter. I was shown everything I wanted, nice rooms of every size, places to play, places to work and a place to live when I needed to be alone. The only problem was the price, but I just needed to figure it out and help was there when I needed it. I feel I get what I paid for and more. The staff is a bonus, they are all pleasant, smiling, and ready to help. They are not just staff they are friends. Since I moved here, I have met new people. People of every phase of life, but we meld together – the staff helps. If I need space, they understand and provide help when I need it. This is a community, and it is what you make it. There is encouragement if you want to join in and understanding if you don’t. It makes me happy just being here. If you find you needed a place to be happy alone or with others, this is the place to be, there will always be someone there for you. I found this easy to write, I love it here and my family is happy for me. No matter what problems the world around has, there will always be a place for you here.
Hello, my name is Barbara. I have lived here for three and a half years. My decision to move here was not always easy. I came here a couple times with different people. First was my husband, the second with a friend. The third and final time was with my daughter. I was unsure but my daughter thought otherwise. She pulled me aside and said “Mom, what is wrong with you? Put your name on the waitlist. It’s like a cruise ship without the water!” So that is what I did. I was on the waitlist a few months and finally got the call to move in. It was not easy at first. The staff have always been very friendly and accommodating. Made my time here easier to adjust. The people who live here are great. Over time it became more enjoyable and I got more comfortable. I remember going out with my family and returning after a long day. We pulled up and I said “Oh, its so nice to be home.” That is when I realized I belonged here. The meals are great, I do not have to cook anymore, which makes life a lot easier. The building is lovely. The community is terrific. We share a lot of good laughs and I have found some very close friends. Overall, I love it here and I am so glad I decided to move here to Lake Bonavista Village.
My mother had been living alone in her own home, was very independent and surprised us all one day when she said, “maybe we should look at some retirement places where I don’t have all this work to do”. So, her granddaughter started searching and gave us a few suggestions. The first couple Mom & I visited she immediately said, “no thanks”. As soon as we walked into LBV she smiled and after a nice lunch and tour I knew this was a contender. We visited a couple more times, had lunch and were invited to attend special events. She said, “this is where I want to live”. So, June 25, 2011 was moving day and the rest is history. It takes a lot of worry and stress off all our family, that mom is in a safe place and we do not have to worry about her living alone. What really stood out was the location, the outdoor property with plenty of walking and seating areas, beautiful gardens and trees, several choices of suites and most importantly each suite has a balcony or patio they can enjoy. Mom has volunteered for several “jobs” was a member of the Welcoming Committee and helped picking crabapples, setting up for games and really enjoyed making new friends and participating in activities. She also had her first Professional Pedicure which she still goes for regular appointments. The beautiful environment, the friendly knowledgeable staff, the delicious meals, and events like Special delicious brunches to celebrate occasions like Easter, Mother’s Day, and the Garden Party, Stampede have exceeded our expectations. I would like to make a special acknowledgement for the Health Unit who take such wonderful care of our families. I would also like to mention the warm and friendly treatment given to resident’s family members and guests. I have spent so much time here and made many friends that I think some think I am one of them, which is fine with me. What I would say has made me the happiest is because of the amazing Management and all Staff, LBV in my opinion is the safest Seniors Residence my Mother can call “home”. My heart goes out to all the other residences that have had Covid-Outbreaks and tragically lost members of their families. To quote my mother “You would never be sorry if you choose to live at Lake Bonavista Village”. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!
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