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