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