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