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