Destination Guide

Destination: Kitchener

Long a key business and industrial hub, Kitchener remains as important to the Ontario and wider Canadian economies as it has been since the country was in its infancy.

Back then, meat and liquor manufacturers primed the pump -- if you took a drink in a Prohibition speakeasy it may well have come from a plant in Kitchener -- but now the insurance industry and Research in Motion have a similar effect, though manufacturing still retains a strong presence.

The region has gained most of its attention in recent years because it is the seat of RIM and the BlackBerry device that revolutionized how the world stays connected. If you're more into sports, Kitchener is also the area that the NHL could be targeting for future expansion plans because it lies just outside the territorial exemption zone granted to both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres. But major junior hockey flourishes here as the Rangers are perhaps the most distinguished club in all of central Canada and have sent many eventual Hall of Famers to the pros.

The recreational sports culture in Kitchener is as strong as any community around and that is evident in how many Canadian Olympians and champions outside of hockey -- former world heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis being the best example -- hail from the area.

Perhaps the appeal of Kitchener lies in its sheer size and scope. If its twin city of Waterloo and the general "Tri-Cities" area are taken into account, the region has just a shade under 500,000 people. With that type of population base, the diversity of the area is quite extensive. There are two world-class universities in the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University and the largest Oktoberfest festival outside of Germany takes place in Kitchener, a nod to the Germanic presence that still pervades the area more than a century after immigrants came here. Another quirky feature of Kitchener lies just outside town where a thriving Mennonite community still lives in much the same way their forefathers did centuries ago. Outside of town also lies the pretty village of St. Jacob's, an arts and crafts mecca where locals and tourist flock to, particularly in the autumn. Elora Gorge is likely the area's most notable geographical landmark and a nice anecdote for outdoorsy types.

Golf has a long history in the area. The LPGA conducts the second of two Canadian stops on its schedule at Grey Silo in Waterloo not far from where the locals widely supported the now defunct Nationwide Tour stop at the private Whistle Bear Golf Club. Rebel Creek Golf Club in the tiny village of Petersburgh is a fun but plenty difficult setup. Though well outside of town and up to an hour away, Tarandowah Golfers Club, Otter Creek Golf Club and FireRock Golf Club (which is actually closer to London), combine to offer a varied, high-end golf experience but all are reasonably priced.

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Courses

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Rebel Creek Golf Club
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Petersburgh $41
Championship Course at Doon Valley Golf Club
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Kitchener $24
Forest City National Golf Club
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London $39.99
Quarry at Fanshawe Golf Course
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London $19
Oakwood Resort
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Grand Bend $19.99
Grey Silo Golf Course
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Waterloo $41
18-hole Course at Forest Golf & Country Hotel
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Forest $16
Ingersoll Golf & Country Club
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Ingersoll $19
River Road Golf Course
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London $14.99
East/West at Fergus Golf Club
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Fergus $15
River Valley Golf & Country Club St Marys $20 - $30
Woodlands Links Golf Course
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Clinton $14
Sand Hills Golf Resort
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Thedford $17
Greenhills Golf Club
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London $57.34
Victoria Park East Golf Club
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Guelph $24.25
Mount Elgin Golf Club Mount Elgin $12.83 - $28.76
Sawmill Creek Golf Resort & Spa Camlachie $25 - $37
Dorchester Golf Club
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Dorchester $25
Gold Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $24
Echo Valley Golf Club London $29.20 - $33.62
Willow's Golf & Country Club
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London $20
Crumlin Creek Golf Club
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London $10
Red Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $24
Ironwood Golf Club Exeter $28 - $38
Village/Moors at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $26
Short Course at Doon Valley Golf Club
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Kitchener $24
Westminster Trails Golf Club London $44
South Nine at Fergus Golf Club
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Fergus $15
Savannah Golf Links
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Cambridge $22.12
Creekside Golf Club Woodstock $26
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Lakes Nine
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Ariss $24
Beaverdale Golf Club
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Cambridge $22
Blackhorse Golf & Country Club Kincardine $30 - $52
Fox Golf Club
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Granton $25
Maitland Club
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Goderich $6.99
Blue Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $24
Championship at Goderich Sunset Golf Club Goderich $35 - $40
Guelph Country Club
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Guelph $12
Classic 18 at Thames Valley Golf Course
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London $16.99
RiverEdge Golf Club
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Kitchener $18
Burford Golf Links
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Burford $19
Mitchell Golf & Country Club West Perth $38 - $73
Goose Run/Moors at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $26
Seaforth Golf Club
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Seaforth $20
Hickory 9 at Thames Valley Golf Course
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London $9.99
Cedar Creek Golf Club
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Woodstock $17
Wingham Golf Club & Curling Club
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Wingham $15
The Oaks of St. George
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Paris $30
Cobble Hills Golf and Ski Club
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Thamesford $18
Tamarack Ridge Golf Club
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Putnam $17.7
Pine Knot Golf & Country Club
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Dorchester $14.99
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Heritage/Millennium Course Listowel $30 - $45
St. Marys Golf & Country Club
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St Marys $32
Brant Valley Golf Club
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St George $18
Tarandowah Golfers Club
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Avon $18.58
Cambridge Golf Club
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Cambridge $25
Rockway Golf Course
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Kitchener $24
Goose Run/Village at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $26
Dundee Country Club
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New Dundee $33
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Pines Nine
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Ariss $24
White Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $28
Blue Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $28
Waterloo Golf Academy
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Waterloo $15
Red Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $28
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Willows Nine
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Ariss $24
Hickory Ridge Golf & Country Club
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London $33
Traditional at Fanshawe Golf Course
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London $14.99
East Park Golf Gardens London $20 - $38
Wildwinds Golf Links
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Rockwood $22.12
Stratford Municipal Golf Course Stratford $20 - $32
Red/Blue at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Red/White at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Twin Streams Golf Course Delaware $19 - $40
Arkona Fairways Golf Course Arkona $25 - $40
Elmira Golf Club Elmira $52.99 - $68.98
Thompson at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club London $65 - $100
White/Blue at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Senjan Golf Club Elora N/A
Baby Boomer Par-3 at Goderich Sunset Golf Club Goderich $20 - $25
Oxbow Glen Golf & Country Club Komoka $28 - $42
Indian Hills Golf Club Lambton Shores $20 - $45
Caradoc Sands Golf Course Strathroy $30.53 - $58.85
White Squirrel Golf Club Zurich $35 - $50
Happy Hills Resort Embro $12 - $15
Bright's Grove Golf Club Brights Grove $10 - $32
FireRock Golf Club Komoka $49.00 - $70.80
Our Ponderosa RV & Golf Resort Forest $17
Cedarbrook Gardens Golf London $7
West Haven Golf & Country Club London N/A
Galt Country Club Cambridge N/A
Championship Links at Pike Lake Golf & Country Club Clifford $40 - $65
Craigowan Golf Club Woodstock $40 - $70
Innerkip Highlands Golf Club Innerkip $50
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Millennium/Vintage Course Listowel $30 - $45
Woodstock Meadows Golf Centre Woodstock $32 - $64
Westmount Golf & Country Club Kitchener N/A
Northridge Golf Course Brantford $30
Highland Country Club London N/A
Sally Creek Golf Club & Bistro Woodstock $20.13
9-hole Course at Forest Golf & Country Hotel Forest $10 - $20
Llyndinshire Golf & Country Club Middlesex Centre $24 - $48
Deer Ridge Golf Course Kitchener $60 - $120
Otter Creek Golf Club
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Otterville $35
Widder Station Golf & Country Club Thedford $30
Tavistock Golf Course Tavistock $27 - $49
Bear Creek Golf & Country Club Strathroy $30 - $40
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Vintage/Heritage Course Listowel $30 - $45
Pitch & Putt at Woodstock Meadows Golf Club Woodstock $7.50
Arrowdale Golf Course Brantford $16
Brantford Golf & Country Club Brantford N/A
Camlachie Golf & Country Club Camlachie $40
Whistle Bear Golf Club Cambridge $60 - $110
Short Lake at Pike Lake Golf & Country Club Clifford $23 - $33
Pitch & Putt Course at Doon Valley Golf Club Kitchener $8.50
Apollo Valley Golf Club Lynden $12 - $22
Bluewater Golf Course & Campground Bluewater $26 - $46
Glen Ridge Golf Kitchener $4 - $11
Greenwood Golf Club Sarnia $20 - $40
Guelph Lakes Golf & Country Club Guelph $49 - $65
Fescue’s Edge Golf Course Scotland $20 - $30
Stonehaven Golf Course Embro $17 - $35
Meadow Land Golf Club Orangeville $22
Maple Ridge Golf Club London $36
RiverBend Golf Club London $90
Springview Farm Golf Course Waterford $27.50 - $31.50
Parkside at Fanshawe Golf Course London $15 - $20
Huron Oaks Golf Course Bright's Grove $30 - $53
Puslinch Lake Golf Course Cambridge $35.00 - $64.00
Mount Forest Golf & Country Club Ayton $15.00 - $24.00
Stratford Country Club Stratford $40 - $50
Westhill Meadows Golf Course Waterloo $17.50
Robinson at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club London $65 - $100
Exeter Golf Club Exeter $17.70 - $25.00
Grand Valley Golf & Country Club Cambridge $10 - $59
Greystone Golf Course Sarnia N/A
London Hunt & Country Club London $75
Oaks Golf & Country Club Delaware $85 - $104
Cutten Fields Guelph $94 - $141
Science Hill Country Club St Marys $31
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