CALGARY LAKE COMMUNITIES
For many, living in a Calgary lake community is the final checkmark on the home buying wishlist. For whatever reason, many of us are drawn to water. Whether it is for swimming, skating, fishing, or just to be nearby, we understand that need to live in a Calgary Lake Community.
- Lake Bonavista
- Coral Springs
- Glenmore Reservoir
- Harvest Hills
- McKenzie Lake
You can find the well established Lake Bonavista Community in the south-east quadrant of Calgary. The first development to start the trend of lake-home living in 1968, Lake Bonavista Community happily embraces its 52-acre lake and the enchanting lifestyle it offers.
Using the excavated earth when creating the lake, the developer created the popular 65-foot waterfall and hill, adding to the charm of the community. In this natural park like setting, you can engage in many recreational activities, from swimming, boating and fishing, to skating and tobogganing.
As a planned lake community, Lake Bonavista has everything you need. The three elementary schools are Lake Bonavista, Andrew Sibbald, Sam Livingston, and St. Boniface. The Junior highs are Nickle and St. Bonaventure. There is also the Lake Bonavista Promenade, a small commercial area with both retail space and professional offices. And it is easy for you to get to Southcentre Mall.
The Recreation Centre, operated by the Lake Bonavista’s Community Association, is where you can skate in the indoor ice rinks, workout at the gym and use any of the other amenities, such as meeting rooms. Special events happen regularly at the Centre, so you and your family will never be without something to do.
Lake Bonavista Community is bordered on the north by Anderson Road; to the west is Macleod Trail, the south is Canyon Meadows Drive and Bow Bottom Trail is to the east.
Even with all the myriad of activities available within Lake Bonavista Community, you’ll feel a sense of serenity along the tree lined streets not often found in newer, busier areas.
Come visit and see for yourself.
Chapparal is one of Calgary’s premier lake communities with a beautiful 32 acre lake and a 21 acre park containing two waterfalls. What more could you ask for!
Chaparral was created in 1995. Built with many activities in mind for residents, the lake offers something for everyone. There are facilities for boating, fishing, skating, and yes, diving. Recreational divers even have a complete underwater obstacle course with groupings of 72-inch diameter concrete pipes.
In addition, the recreation centre provides even more activities. A full-time director oversees the centre and its many events.
There are no shortages of schools available for the younger residents of the Chapparal Community. Elementary schools include St. Sebastian Elementary, St. Cecelia Elementary (Fr), Mother Teresa Of Calcutta Elementary (Fr), Chaparral Elementary, Fish Creek Elementary, Sundance Elementary (Fr), and Sam Livingston Elementary (Fr). Combination elementary and junior highs are Father James Whelihan Elementary and Junior High, and St. Matthew Elementary & Junior High (French). The Senior High Schools are Bishop O'Bryne Senior High School, Bishop Grandin Senior High School, Centennial High School, and Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School.
Residents find shopping conveniently nearby, including Southcentre Mall, and many other stores and shops.
The Chapparal Lake Community is on the southern edge of the city, with the Marquis de Lorne Trail to the north, bordered by the Bow River Valley on the east, to the south by 194 Avenue SE, and the Macleod Trail on the west.
Chapparal Lake Community has always attracted the interest of the Calgary region. When Chapparal was only a couple years old, the beautiful Chapparal Lake was part of the 1997 World Police and Fire Games.
Bring your family -- come see and experience it for yourself.
Coral Springsis a charming “California Style” community that is centered around a fun 16-acre lake and two enjoyable parks. Created in 1991, this established lake community offers many activities for all residents: you can skate, play hockey or beach volleyball, swim, boat and fish. There is even an on-site hatchery for the rainbow trout in the lake. With many paths and the three-acre parks, there are plenty of opportunities for you to walk, hike and bike. And don’t forget that Sunday afternoon picnic.
There are currently about 1,400 homes in this diverse community. Developed by Jager Developments, these lovely affordable homes were built by Crestview, Glenwood, Homexx, Jager, Lincolnberg, MacCary, Point grey, and Sterling.
The Coral Springs Community Association, located in the Don Hartman Northeast Sportsplex, focuses on many aspects of community living. It is famous for the special events and festivals it sponsors. Coral Springs is well known for its annual Stampede party, and you can also go to a fall festival, a winterfest, and a Halloween dance, among many other events.
Schools for the young residents of Coral Springs are Monsignor A.L. Hetherington Elementary, Colonel Macleod Elementary/Junior High Terry Fox School (year-round) in Falconridge, Sir Wilfrid Laurier Junior High in Radisson Heights, John 23rd Junior High, Bishop McNally Junior/Senior High, and James Fowler High in Highwood.
You can shop, or dine at the many restaurants, in nearby Falconridge and Castleridge. The Sunridge Mall shopping center is also convenient to you. As a Coral Springs resident, you will have easy access to Stoney Trail and Ring Road, as well as being a convenient distance from the Calgary International Airport.
Coral Springs is in the northeast, at the eastern edge of Calgary. The neighborhood is bounded by 68 Street NE to the west, 64 Avenue N to the north, 84 Street E and the Municipal District of Rocky View to the east, and McKnight Boulevard to the south.
The Glenmore Reservoir, built in 1933 on the Elbow River, has long provided Calgary with its water, and is a well-used recreation area. There are miles of shoreline, boat docks, pathways, and hiking trails in the Weaselhead Flats area at the western edge. There are many park benches and picnic areas as you round the lake, offering perfect opportunities for you to take in the tranquil scenery. Here you can see signs of elk, deer, bears, and even wolves. You can visit Glenmore Park and the Heritage Park Historical Village on one peninsula of the reservoir. In addition to both the Calgary Rowing Club and Calgary Canoe Club, there’s an indoor pool and indoor ice arena at Glenmore Park just across Glenmore Trail. From the Glenmore Reservoir you can go all the way around the reservoir or all the way downtown.
People who live in the Glenmore Reservoir area talk about what they love:
“I go to the reservoir for evening walks and I love how peaceful the trail is.”
“While walking around the reservoir, it doesn't feel like you're even in Calgary!”
“The scenery is beautiful and the path is in great condition.”
Glenmore Reservoir is a wonderful way for you to live within the city and yet feel as though you are far away from the bustle of urban life.
Here are several of the communities along the shore or near the Glenmore Reservoir:
Oak Ridge, a mature community of solid, affordable homes, offers views of the reservoir, mountains and downtown. A mix of single-family homes, townhouses, and condos, Heritage Park is the recreational focus for Oak Ridge. Shopping is handy. Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club and the Tsuu T'ina Nation Golf Course are both nearby. Students attend Louis Riel Elementary & Junior High School.
Lakeview is tucked between Glenmore Tail and the Reservoir, with stunning views of the Rockies. Founded in 1962, this community has a number of schools available for students; shopping is also convenient. The exclusive Earl Grey Golf Course is in the eastern edge of Lakeview. Although there is no motorized boating available, you’ll find the Calgary Rowing Club and Calgary Canoe Club just south of Lakeview.
Bayview is a small south shore community on the peninsula of the lake. Built in 1967, this exclusive community consists of single-family homes. The community is served by Nellie McClung Elementary and John Ware Junior High public schools as well as St. Benedict Elementary. Bayview, complete with its own marina, provides genuine resort-style living.
NorthGlenmore Parkis a long-established neighborhood just north of the park of the same name. Back in the early part of the last century, the old stone quarry there, now long gone, supplied the rocks for many of the original Calgary buildings. In 1929, the Glenmore dam was constructed and the area quickly became a favorite recreational area. North Glenmore Park community itself was built in 1959, and over the years, its Community Association has become very involved with creating and maintaining activities for everyone of all ages and interests. There are several schools, including Central Memorial High.
Eagle Ridge is another small established neighborhood in the Glenmore Reservoir vicinity built in 1960. The Eagle Ridge Community Association is host to a myriad of activities, from their annual Halloween festivities and skating parties, to their dinner dances, a wide variety of programs and other events. The Community Association also is active with community issues. Students in Eagle Ridge can attend Chinook Park Bilingual Elementary and Henry Wise Wood Senior High School.
Harvest Hills, a residential lake community in northeast Calgary, is a desirable family community. It surrounds an 18-acre lake where you can enjoy the pleasure of skating in the winter. Harvest Hills is surrounded by several golf courses; you can tee off on its own 9-hole Harvest Hills Golf Course in Nose Creek Valley. If you want to run or bike, you can use the east-west paths.
Genstar began the development in the late 1980s. The community now has nearly 1,300 completed single and multi-family homes of the 1,800 planned for the development. Homes in Harvest Hills are mostly starter homes being built by Broadview, Carolina, Crossley, Elite, Jager Industries, Jayman, Nevada, Riverdale, Shane, Sterling, Stonecroft Properties, and Trico.
The Northern Hills Community Association office, located in the Genstar wing of Cardel Place, not only works with planning and development issues but also offers sports programs for Harvest Hills residents. Cardel Place has skating rinks, gymnasiums, a climbing wall, and workout area. The Country Hills Branch of the Calgary Public Library is also here.
Schools for Harvest Hills students are Brentwood Elementary, elementary/junior high Northhaven, St. Margaret's Elementary/Junior High in nearby Charleswood, Colonel Irvine Junior High, John Diefenbaker High in Huntington and St. Francis High on Northmount Drive.
Harvest Hills contains its own small shopping mall and residents are close to additional shopping, businesses, and many restaurants in nearby areas. The Calgary International Airport is within an easy drive.
This family centered community extends to Deerfoot Trail to the east, to Beddington Trail on the south, Country Hills Boulevard to the north and Harvest Hills Boulevard in the west.
Mahogany is Calgary's newest lake community, boasting Calgary's Largest Freshwater Lake.
MahoganyLakeis a private, three-part lake that connects to the community’s residential neighbourhoods. The lake itself spans 63 acres, while the combined size of lake and beachfront is 84 acres. This means Mahogany Lake will be the largest freshwater lake in Calgary and will boast more beach area than any other community in the city.
The main beach & recreation area are the centre of the community, with year round use in mind. Take advantage of skating and hockey on the outdoor rink in the winter, or enjoy swimming, canoeing, or kayaking during the summer months.
Tucked along the east side of the Bow River, McKenzie Lake is named after J. McKenzie, one of the area’s first settlers who came from Montreal in 1882. The McKenzie area was a prosperous pioneer farm region. After the area became part of the City of Calgary in 1970, the McKenzie Lake Community itself was built in 1982.
With its panoramic views of both the city and the mountains, McKenzie Lake Community is a perfect setting for all who love the outdoors. The community is well-known for its private lake and McKenzie Island. You will love the luxury homes along both the shore and above on the ridges that overlook the lake.
The 43-acre McKenzie Lake is managed separately by the McKenzie Lake Resident Association. Adjacent to the lake is a 20-acre park where you can venture for a picnic, play golf or tennis, hike, and more.
The Community Association for McKenzie Lake hosts a wide variety of programs, many geared for youth, including preschool and after school activities. The Community Association also hosts adult programs and activities such as dance, martial arts, exercise and basketball. In the winter you can attend the dances and holiday parties.
Students attend McKenzie Lake Elementary, Willow Park Elementary, R.T. Alderman Junior High, and Lord Beaverbrook High.
Close to shopping and with easy access to the city, McKenzie Lake Community is adjacent to Deerfoot Trail on the east, Marquis of Lorne Trail (Highway 22X) to the south, and the Bow River to the northwest.
One of the largest Lake Communities in Calgary, most of the residences are single family homes with some townhomes available. After you see the for sale listings here, let us personally show them to you.
MidnaporeLakeis a premier man-made lake with beautiful landscaping and beaches. You have your pick of water sports in the summer, and skating on the lake or tobogganing on the hills in the winter.
Midnapore itself was once a small town complete with a quaint train station. In 1961, the town finally became part of Calgary. Filled with historical sites, including two community churches, the Midnapore Lake Community was established as a neighbourhood in 1977. With beautiful upscale homes along the lake, its many afforable homes attract young families. Charming homes also border Fish Creek Provincial Park along the edge of the community. You can find many homes for sale in Midnapore.
This community is a perfect setting for those who love a country feel but wish to be connected to the city. Deer, foxes and coyotes are easy to spot. There are plenty of rabbits, squirrels and a variety of native birds, too.
Midnapore shares a huge Community Centre with its neighbouring community, Sundance. The Centre runs preschool activities and many programs for both children and adults. Town Hall meetings as well as many events and parties are hosted at the Centre. The Mid-Sun Community Association represents both Midnapore Lake and Sundance Communities.
Students attend Midnapore Elementary, Fish Creek Elementary or Mother Teresa of Calcutta Elementary, and Father James Whelihan Elementary and Junior High.
Bordered on the north and east by Fish Creek Provincial Park, the south by Sun Valley Boulevard and the west by Macleod Trail, Midnapore Lake is near Fish-Creek Lacombe station of the C-Train. With a nod to the history of the old town, the station is a reconstruction of the original train station, and is part of the LRT.
The community of Sundance surrounds the sparkling 33-acre Sundance Lake. There beside the lake, you will find Fish Creek Provincial Park. Both Sundance Lake and the 22-acre park are exclusively there for you and your guests to enjoy the waterfall and clean sandy beach.
You can host your own get-together at the Clubhouse in one of its large banquet rooms or three small meeting rooms. The pathways in Fish Creek Provincial Park link into the Bow River pathway system for great hiking and biking.
Since Sundance was established in 1982, activities have always kept residents busy, with everything from fishing to skating. When you live in this great Lake Community, you can enjoy the lake summer and winter. One of the more popular activities is the January Fishing Derby, but you can catch perch every season of the year. Ice fishing is also very popular.
Sundance shares its large community centre with the neighbouring community of Midnapore. The Mid-Sun Community Association offers both preschool and after school programs. You can participate in Tae Kwan Do, drama, badminton, yes, even break dancing. You’ll be able to attend Town hall meetings regularly at the centre, and enjoy a variety of special events. The Mid-Sun Community Association also addresses general concerns of the community.
Schools for the Sundance community include elementary schools Midnapore, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Fish Creek and Sundance. Father James Whelihan is a combination of Elementary and Junior High.
Check out some of the homes for sale, so you, too, can boat in the summer, clear the ice for hockey in the winter, and absolutely love your home and everything that surrounds it.
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