Winner: Lake Bonavista
Average Home Price: $715,308
Established in 1967, Lake Bonavista is Calgary’s original lake community, and, even though many have followed in its wake, it remains the gold standard. The obvious draw here is the expansive human-made lake, the well-built homes on large lots that continue to hold their value, beautiful landscaping and an active community association. Residents of Lake Bonavista can take advantage of programs, including Sunday Music at the Lake events, kayaking courses, standup paddleboarding lessons, and more.
Unique Feature: What’s lake life without a beautiful lakeside restaurant? Managed by venerable hospitality group Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts, The Lake House on Lake Bonavista is a longtime favourite of many Calgarians for special-occasion dining, or a peaceful mid-week escape. The upscale-rustic room with large lake-facing windows is a sought-after wedding venue. And, unlike the actual lake, you don’t have to be a community resident to enjoy it.
What the judges said: “What used to be prairies in the 1960s is now one of the most sought-after lake communities in Calgary.” -Dennis Plintz
Mahogany, Auburn Bay