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
Rebel Creek Golf Club
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Petersburgh $41
Oakwood Resort
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Grand Bend $19.99
Grey Silo Golf Course
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Waterloo $41
Quarry at Fanshawe Golf Course
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London $19
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
Goose Run/Moors at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $26
Sawmill Creek Golf Resort & Spa Camlachie $25 - $37
Hickory 9 at Thames Valley Golf Course
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London $9.99
Crumlin Creek Golf Club
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London $10
Sand Hills Golf Resort
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Thedford $17
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Willows Nine
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Ariss $24
Savannah Golf Links
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Cambridge $22.12
RiverEdge Golf Club
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Kitchener $18
East/West at Fergus Golf Club
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Fergus $15
Beaverdale Golf Club
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Cambridge $22
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Pines Nine
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Ariss $24
Dundee Country Club
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New Dundee $33
Wildwinds Golf Links
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Rockwood $22.12
Village/Moors at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $26
Fox Golf Club
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Granton $25
Championship at Goderich Sunset Golf Club Goderich $35 - $40
Wingham Golf Club & Curling Club
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Wingham $15
Guelph Country Club
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Guelph $12
Dorchester Golf Club
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Dorchester $25
Willow's Golf & Country Club
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London $20
Echo Valley Golf Club London $29.20 - $33.62
Red Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $28
Waterloo Golf Academy
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Waterloo $15
Blue Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $28
Tarandowah Golfers Club
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Avon $18.58
Classic 18 at Thames Valley Golf Course
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London $16.99
Victoria Park East Golf Club
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Guelph $24.25
Creekside Golf Club Woodstock $26
Seaforth Golf Club
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Seaforth $20
Ironwood Golf Club Exeter $32.00 - $59.43
Blue Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $24
Rockway Golf Course
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Kitchener $24
Brant Valley Golf Club
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St George $18
Blackhorse Golf & Country Club Kincardine $30 - $52
River Road Golf Course
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London $14.99
Cambridge Golf Club
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Cambridge $25
South Nine at Fergus Golf Club
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Fergus $15
White Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $28
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Lakes Nine
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Ariss $24
The Oaks of St. George
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Paris $30
St. Marys Golf & Country Club
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St Marys $32
Gold Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $24
Goose Run/Village at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $26
Traditional at Fanshawe Golf Course
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London $14.99
Mount Elgin Golf Club Mount Elgin $12.83 - $28.76
Tamarack Ridge Golf Club
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Putnam $17.7
Woodlands Links Golf Course
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Clinton $14
Hickory Ridge Golf & Country Club
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London $33
Greenhills Golf Club
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London $57.34
Burford Golf Links
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Burford $19
Ingersoll Golf & Country Club
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Ingersoll $19
Short Course at Doon Valley Golf Club
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Kitchener $24
Cedar Creek Golf Club
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Woodstock $17
Red Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $24
Maitland Club
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Goderich $6.99
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Heritage/Millennium Course Listowel $30 - $45
Cobble Hills Golf and Ski Club
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Thamesford $18
River Valley Golf & Country Club St Marys $20 - $30
Pine Knot Golf & Country Club
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Dorchester $14.99
9-hole Course at Forest Golf & Country Hotel Forest $10 - $20
West Haven Golf & Country Club London N/A
Elmira Golf Club Elmira $52.99 - $68.98
Robinson at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club London $65 - $100
Championship Links at Pike Lake Golf & Country Club Clifford $40 - $65
Pitch & Putt at Woodstock Meadows Golf Club Woodstock $7.50
Greenwood Golf Club Sarnia $20 - $40
Westminster Trails Golf Club London $25 - $30
Bear Creek Golf & Country Club Strathroy $30 - $40
Parkside at Fanshawe Golf Course London $15 - $20
Senjan Golf Club Elora N/A
Otter Creek Golf Club
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Otterville $35
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Millennium/Vintage Course Listowel $30 - $45
Innerkip Highlands Golf Club Innerkip $50
Tavistock Golf Course Tavistock $27 - $49
RiverBend Golf Club London $90
Thompson at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club London $65 - $100
Huron Oaks Golf Course Bright's Grove $30 - $53
Apollo Valley Golf Club Lynden $12 - $22
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Vintage/Heritage Course Listowel $30 - $45
Red/Blue at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Oaks Golf & Country Club Delaware $85 - $104
Maple Ridge Golf Club London $36
White/Blue at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Craigowan Golf Club Woodstock $40 - $70
London Hunt & Country Club London $75
Exeter Golf Club Exeter $17.70 - $25.00
Llyndinshire Golf & Country Club Middlesex Centre $24 - $48
Mount Forest Golf & Country Club Ayton $15.00 - $24.00
Science Hill Country Club St Marys $31
Pitch & Putt Course at Doon Valley Golf Club Kitchener $8.50
Mitchell Golf & Country Club West Perth $38 - $73
Fescue’s Edge Golf Course Scotland $20 - $30
Camlachie Golf & Country Club Camlachie $40
Highland Country Club London N/A
Stratford Country Club Stratford $40 - $50
Whistle Bear Golf Club Cambridge $60 - $110
Widder Station Golf & Country Club Thedford $30
Happy Hills Resort Embro $12 - $15
FireRock Golf Club Komoka $49.00 - $70.80
Cutten Fields Guelph $94 - $141
Bayview Golf Club Zurich $35 - $50
Northridge Golf Course Brantford $30
Deer Ridge Golf Course Kitchener $60 - $120
Stonehaven Golf Course Embro $17 - $35
Guelph Lakes Golf & Country Club Guelph $49 - $65
Red/White at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Caradoc Sands Golf Course Strathroy $30.53 - $58.85
Arrowdale Golf Course Brantford $16
Glen Ridge Golf Kitchener $4 - $11
Oxbow Glen Golf & Country Club Komoka $28 - $42
Meadow Land Golf Club Orangeville $22
Woodstock Meadows Golf Centre Woodstock $32 - $64
Westmount Golf & Country Club Kitchener N/A
Baby Boomer Par-3 at Goderich Sunset Golf Club Goderich $20 - $25
East Park Golf Gardens London $20 - $38
Sally Creek Golf Club & Bistro Woodstock $21.50 - $31.50
Twin Streams Golf Course Delaware $19 - $40
Westhill Meadows Golf Course Waterloo $17.50
Bright's Grove Golf Club Brights Grove $10 - $32
Galt Country Club Cambridge N/A
Bluewater Golf Course & Campground Bluewater $26 - $46
Grand Valley Golf & Country Club Cambridge $10 - $59
Arkona Fairways Golf Course Arkona $25 - $40
Cedarbrook Gardens Golf London $7
Stratford Municipal Golf Course Stratford $20 - $32
Our Ponderosa RV & Golf Resort Forest $17
Brantford Golf & Country Club Brantford N/A
Greystone Golf Course Sarnia N/A
Puslinch Lake Golf Course Cambridge $35.00 - $64.00
Short Lake at Pike Lake Golf & Country Club Clifford $23 - $33
Indian Hills Golf Club Lambton Shores $20 - $45
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