And the winning suburb is...

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More than 600 people wrote-in to CBC sharing what they loved most about Silver Springs, with the Botanical Gardens (pictured above) being one of the top things.  (Jose Vazquez Diaz - image credit)
More than 600 people wrote-in to CBC sharing what they loved most about Silver Springs, with the Botanical Gardens (pictured above) being one of the top things. (Jose Vazquez Diaz - image credit)

After 37,764 votes, just 86 separated Lake Bonavista and Silver Springs in CBC Calgary's Battle of the Burbs, with Silver Springs taking the win.

"My whole family is excited. We rallied everyone." - Miceala Cummings

"We obviously are very passionate and love our community, but we are hopeful that everyone will be able to see how much we love it and see how wonderful it is and come and visit," resident Miceala Cummings told Angela Knight on the Calgary Eyeopener. "My whole family is excited. We rallied everyone."

Margaret Livingston
Margaret Livingston

As the competition wore on, Silver Springs and Lake Bonavista seemed destined to match up against each other. Both were consistently top vote grabbers, and each drew more than 500 online submissions (where people wrote-in to tell CBC where they live and why they love their community).

Margaret Livingston
Margaret Livingston

The two communities went back and forth all Friday and through Saturday in the online voting contest, with the northwest's Silver Springs building a lead of about 800 votes early Saturday evening — only to see the southeast's champ regain the lead with just two hours to go, nearly giving Lake Bonavista the win.

"They are such a fantastic community," said Silver Springs Community Association President Cydney Elofson about Lake Bonavista. "I really raise my hat to them."

But when the polls closed, it was Silver Springs taking the title as Calgary's best suburb. Located north of the Bow River and south of Crowchild Trail, the community of about 9,000 people rallied every vote it could.

"My 17-year-old old daughter was getting all of her teenage friends to vote no matter where they were on a busy Saturday night." - Cydney Elofson

"My 17-year-old old daughter was getting all of her teenage friends to vote no matter where they were on a busy Saturday night. And they supported us as well. They thought, 'Wow! What is your crazy mom up to?'" said Elofson with a laugh.

Up next, the Calgary Eyeopener will do a remote walking show radio broadcast from Silver Springs later this spring, and the BUMP Festival mural prize will be created as well.

By the numbers

Total votes in competition: 118,951

Total community submissions: 2,291

Total map views: 422,900

Communities in competition: 96

Closest battle: Woodbine loses by one vote to Signal Hill in round one

Want the details of how we got here? Visit cbc.ca/battleoftheburbs for a full breakdown and up-to-date details about the Calgary Eyeopener walking show and community mural.

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