BonaVista Pools wins coveted awards at the Landscape of Ontario Awards of Excellence

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BonaVista Pools wins coveted awards at the Landscape of Ontario Awards of Excellence

— Winners are: Project Doggie Tales and The Reflection Pool —


Toronto, (Ontario), January 11, 2018 ­ BonaVista Pools wins the coveted awards for their work on; Doggie Tales and Reflection Pool, at the Landscape Ontario Awards of Excellence, in the Landscape Construction category for top water feature. Both projects featured unique challenge, clients and a stunning end results!


Award #1 — Project Doggie Tales 

Designer’s Name: Mark Pettes, MDP Landscape Consultants


BonaVista Pools had the unique challenge of building a retreat for dogs. Project Doggie Tales includes a water feature for “The Doggie Tales Dog Rescue and Sanctuary” in King City. The non-traditional clientele; rescued dogs, had their unique challenges to create a water feature that was both welcoming to dogs and in keeping with the natural feel of the surrounding landscape. The pool surface is a colored concrete with beach pebbles in a brown/beige to match the natural surroundings. The beach pebbles and rocks were placed by hand while the concrete was being installed to provide a stream bed look in the pond. Unlike traditional pools this water is treated using an oxymatic system which creates the Hydroxyl ion to disinfect the pool water. This allows the dogs to splash in chlorine free, sanitized water. Watching the rescued dogs play, socialize, cool off, and simply enjoy this project is one of the most rewarding experiences which was complete in just three short weeks.


BonaVista Pools worked very closely with the property owner, the landscape designer, and the landscaper. Positioning on the property and water feature activity levels for the dogs was key in order to bring this water feature to life.


Award #2 — Reflection Pool

Designer’s Name: Vikas Tanwar, Paul Sangha Landscape Architecture


The Reflection Pool (aka a pool with undisturbed water which produces the reflective surface) measures 14 feet by 46 feet. This custom concrete pool has a rectangular full perimeter overflow, a full-length swim up bench, tiled overflow wall and tiled wrap around steps. The pool sits on a beautiful protected ravine making permitting a challenge. The pool was specifically designed to accommodate certain stone sizing and landscape features surrounding the pool. The pool <insert location> was constructed in January/February which made tenting and heating measures necessary due to the cold weather. It is the behind the scenes that makes this pool phenomenal: there is a subterranean overflow tank that enables the full perimeter overflow effect. BonaVista Pools managed to conceal this underneath the outdoor seating area.


BonaVista Pools is honoured to win these coveted awards together with our clients and trades people. “It is our clients that make the dreams come to life!  There is always a new challenge or unique request which we work hard to bring to life”, says Melissa Brown, P. Eng., President BonaVista Pools.


Ontario Award of Excellence

Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association holds an annual juried competition to recognize excellence among its members, provide opportunities and raise the bar for the industry. The program is open to Active and Interim members of the association. The Awards were created to recognize and inspire.  They also stir the competitive spirit and stimulate advancement, achievement and improvement.

Judges will be using the following criteria:


HARD LANDSCAPE TECHNIQUES (quality of workmanship, installation techniques, craftsmanship, quality of materials used, execution of construction details, overall appearance, installation challenges encountered, unique use of hard/soft materials, completeness of installation.


PLANT MATERIAL: Horticultural correctness, integration of materials, compatibility with environment, quality of materials used, seasonability, harmony, colour, unique use of plant material, proper installation techniques.


DESIGN: Originality, degree of difficulty, site problems solved, effectiveness and harmony of design elements, integration of plants, landscape, ornamentation, ease of maintenance.


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About BonaVista

BonaVista Pools is a family-owned and -operated business with over 50 years of experience in custom concrete water projects ­ from sporty indoor pools, chic backyard spas and Zenlike water features to tranquil lakeside landscapes.


BonaVista is Italian for “beautiful view”, which was the late Bob Brown’s dream and the mission statement for the company he created for his family: Melissa Brown, Jennifer Gannon and Peter Brown. Bob’s goals for BonaVista were to make clients’ dreams a reality. Melissa, Jennifer and Peter continue to follow in his footsteps.


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