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Battle of the Burbs: Which Calgary suburb is the best?

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Calgary’s suburbs are enjoying their day in the sun. With property assessments up by 10 per cent in the burbs compared to only three in the core, CBC Calgary wants to know why. And if you had to pick, which Calgary suburb is the best?

After more than 37,000 votes in the final round, Silver Springs takes the crown

Love 'em or hate 'em, Calgary's suburbs are enjoying their day in the sun. With property assessments up by 10 per cent in the 'burbs compared to only three in the core, CBC Calgary wants to know why. And if you had to pick, which Calgary suburb is the best? 

After more than 37,000 votes in the final round, just 86 votes separated the two finalists, Lake Bonavista and Silver Springs. Congratulations to Silver Springs who has been crowned as the winner of this year's Battle of the Burbs. Thank you to everyone for your dedication, enthusiasm and participation!

What will the best suburb win?

Not only will you win bragging rights, but you will also win a Calgary Eyeopener walking show in your community, highlighting the best of your 'burb, along with exclusive prizes revealed throughout the show such as baseball jerseys, dog bandanas, tote bags and more.

The Calgary Eyeopener will be in Silver Springs on Wednesday, June 15 from 6 to 8:30 a.m..

CBC Calgary and BUMP Festival are partnering to award the winning suburb a one of a kind mural in their community. The mural will be painted this summer and you can have your say on where it should go and your ideas of what makes your suburb special. (Boreal Collective)

The secret prize you've all been waiting for...

CBC Calgary and BUMP Festival are partnering to award the winning suburb a one of a kind mural in their community! We will be working with a local artist (TBC) to bring this one of a kind piece to life this summer. If your community has made it to the final round, we're open to suggestions of walls or spaces we can celebrate this victory. Get in touch with us at commscgy@cbc.ca.

How we got here

Tell us below for a chance to win prizes!


Have a photo you'd like to share of your 'burb? Share it with us at commscgy@cbc.ca

What is a suburb?

Technically, Calgary doesn't have a single suburb in it. It's all one city without distinct suburbs. But for the sake of this competition, CBC Calgary spoke with multiple sources including historians and researchers to define just what is a suburb in Calgary. We also consulted official lists from the city about what's suburban and what's inner city, as well historical maps. The end result is the 97 communities in the competition. Disagree with us? Let us know!


Do you live in a Calgary suburb? If so, what made you move and why did you choose that specific area? Email us at commscgy@cbc.ca or share a photo of your community with us on Instagram using #cbcbattleoftheburbs. We'd love to hear from you!

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