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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Grey Silo Golf Course
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Waterloo $41
Quarry at Fanshawe Golf Course
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London $19
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
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
Cedar Creek Golf Club
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Woodstock $17
Tamarack Ridge Golf Club
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Putnam $17.7
Red Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $28
River Valley Golf & Country Club St Marys $20 - $30
Sand Hills Golf Resort
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Thedford $17
Crumlin Creek Golf Club
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London $10
Brant Valley Golf Club
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St George $18
Guelph Country Club
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Guelph $12
Sawmill Creek Golf Resort & Spa Camlachie $25 - $37
Traditional at Fanshawe Golf Course
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London $14.99
Seaforth Golf Club
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Seaforth $20
Willow's Golf & Country Club
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London $20
Hickory 9 at Thames Valley Golf Course
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London $9.99
St. Marys Golf & Country Club
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St Marys $32
Dorchester Golf Club
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Dorchester $25
River Road Golf Course
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London $14.99
Hickory Ridge Golf & Country Club
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London $33
Blue Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $28
Ingersoll Golf & Country Club
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Ingersoll $19
Fox Golf Club
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Granton $25
Savannah Golf Links
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Cambridge $22.12
Red Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $24
Classic 18 at Thames Valley Golf Course
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London $16.99
Blue Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $24
Goose Run/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
Maitland Club
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Goderich $6.99
Victoria Park East Golf Club
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Guelph $24.25
Ironwood Golf Club Exeter $32.00 - $59.43
Dundee Country Club
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New Dundee $33
Beaverdale Golf Club
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Cambridge $22
Pine Knot Golf & Country Club
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Dorchester $14.99
Wildwinds Golf Links
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Rockwood $22.12
Gold Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $24
Greenhills Golf Club
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London $57.34
White Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $28
Championship at Goderich Sunset Golf Club Goderich $35 - $40
Tarandowah Golfers Club
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Avon $18.58
Burford Golf Links
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Burford $19
Echo Valley Golf Club London $29.20 - $33.62
Waterloo Golf Academy
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Waterloo $15
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Willows Nine
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Ariss $24
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Pines Nine
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Ariss $24
Mount Elgin Golf Club Mount Elgin $12.83 - $28.76
Wingham Golf Club & Curling Club
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Wingham $15
Blackhorse Golf & Country Club Kincardine $30 - $52
South Nine at Fergus Golf Club
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Fergus $15
RiverEdge Golf Club
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Kitchener $18
Goose Run/Village at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $26
Cobble Hills Golf and Ski Club
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Thamesford $18
East/West at Fergus Golf Club
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Fergus $15
Rockway Golf Course
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Kitchener $24
Village/Moors at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $26
Creekside Golf Club Woodstock $26
Cambridge Golf Club
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Cambridge $25
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Lakes Nine
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Ariss $24
Woodlands Links Golf Course
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Clinton $14
The Oaks of St. George
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Paris $30
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Heritage/Millennium Course Listowel $30 - $45
Mitchell Golf & Country Club West Perth $38 - $73
Woodstock Meadows Golf Centre Woodstock $32 - $64
Baby Boomer Par-3 at Goderich Sunset Golf Club Goderich $20 - $25
FireRock Golf Club Komoka $49.00 - $70.80
Pitch & Putt Course at Doon Valley Golf Club Kitchener $8.50
Twin Streams Golf Course Delaware $19 - $40
White/Blue at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Thompson at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club London $65 - $100
Oaks Golf & Country Club Delaware $85 - $104
Championship Links at Pike Lake Golf & Country Club Clifford $40 - $65
Greystone Golf Course Sarnia N/A
Sally Creek Golf Club & Bistro Woodstock $21.50 - $31.50
Arkona Fairways Golf Course Arkona $25 - $40
Llyndinshire Golf & Country Club Middlesex Centre $24 - $48
Stratford Country Club Stratford $40 - $50
Our Ponderosa RV & Golf Resort Forest $17
Brantford Golf & Country Club Brantford N/A
Bayview Golf Club Zurich $35 - $50
Red/White at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Camlachie Golf & Country Club Camlachie $40
Guelph Lakes Golf & Country Club Guelph $49 - $65
Deer Ridge Golf Course Kitchener $60 - $120
Pitch & Putt at Woodstock Meadows Golf Club Woodstock $7.50
Cutten Fields Guelph $94 - $141
Glen Ridge Golf Kitchener $4 - $11
Grand Valley Golf & Country Club Cambridge $10 - $59
Indian Hills Golf Club Lambton Shores $20 - $45
Highland Country Club London N/A
Oxbow Glen Golf & Country Club Komoka $28 - $42
Bear Creek Golf & Country Club Strathroy $30 - $40
Apollo Valley Golf Club Lynden $12 - $22
Innerkip Highlands Golf Club Innerkip $50
Exeter Golf Club Exeter $17.70 - $25.00
Puslinch Lake Golf Course Cambridge $35.00 - $64.00
Bluewater Golf Course & Campground Bluewater $26 - $46
Short Lake at Pike Lake Golf & Country Club Clifford $23 - $33
Northridge Golf Course Brantford $30
Otter Creek Golf Club
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Otterville $35
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Millennium/Vintage Course Listowel $30 - $45
Elmira Golf Club Elmira $52.99 - $68.98
Tavistock Golf Course Tavistock $27 - $49
Cedarbrook Gardens Golf London $7
RiverBend Golf Club London $90
Greenwood Golf Club Sarnia $20 - $40
Westminster Trails Golf Club London $25 - $30
Senjan Golf Club Elora N/A
Westmount Golf & Country Club Kitchener N/A
East Park Golf Gardens London $20 - $38
Maple Ridge Golf Club London $36
Stonehaven Golf Course Embro $17 - $35
Parkside at Fanshawe Golf Course London $15 - $20
Red/Blue at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Happy Hills Resort Embro $12 - $15
Craigowan Golf Club Woodstock $40 - $70
Caradoc Sands Golf Course Strathroy $30.53 - $58.85
Whistle Bear Golf Club Cambridge $60 - $110
Huron Oaks Golf Course Bright's Grove $30 - $53
London Hunt & Country Club London $75
Widder Station Golf & Country Club Thedford $30
Galt Country Club Cambridge N/A
Robinson at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club London $65 - $100
Fescue’s Edge Golf Course Scotland $20 - $30
Science Hill Country Club St Marys $31
Bright's Grove Golf Club Brights Grove $10 - $32
Stratford Municipal Golf Course Stratford $20 - $32
West Haven Golf & Country Club London N/A
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Vintage/Heritage Course Listowel $30 - $45
Westhill Meadows Golf Course Waterloo $17.50
Arrowdale Golf Course Brantford $16
9-hole Course at Forest Golf & Country Hotel Forest $10 - $20
Meadow Land Golf Club Orangeville $22
Mount Forest Golf & Country Club Ayton $15.00 - $24.00
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