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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Forest City National Golf Club
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London $39.99
Grey Silo Golf Course
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Waterloo $41
Oakwood Resort
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Grand Bend $19.99
Quarry at Fanshawe Golf Course
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London $19
Rebel Creek Golf Club
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Petersburgh $41
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
Blackhorse Golf & Country Club Kincardine $30 - $52
Sand Hills Golf Resort
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Thedford $17
Dundee Country Club
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New Dundee $33
Creekside Golf Club Woodstock $26
Blue Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $28
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Lakes Nine
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Ariss $24
Wingham Golf Club & Curling Club
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Wingham $15
Ingersoll Golf & Country Club
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Ingersoll $19
Maitland Club
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Goderich $6.99
Mount Elgin Golf Club Mount Elgin $12.83 - $28.76
Willow's Golf & Country Club
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London $20
Waterloo Golf Academy
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Waterloo $15
Blue 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
Hickory 9 at Thames Valley Golf Course
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London $9.99
RiverEdge Golf Club
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Kitchener $18
Gold Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $24
White 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
Cedar Creek Golf Club
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Woodstock $17
Goose Run/Village at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $26
Pine Knot Golf & Country Club
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Dorchester $14.99
Rockway Golf Course
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Kitchener $24
Tamarack Ridge Golf Club
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Putnam $17.7
Victoria Park East Golf Club
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Guelph $24.25
Echo Valley Golf Club London $29.20 - $33.62
Ironwood Golf Club Exeter $32.00 - $59.43
Championship at Goderich Sunset Golf Club Goderich $35 - $40
Sawmill Creek Golf Resort & Spa Camlachie $25 - $37
Brant Valley Golf Club
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St George $18
Crumlin Creek Golf Club
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London $10
Burford Golf Links
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Burford $19
Beaverdale Golf Club
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Cambridge $22
Cambridge Golf Club
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Cambridge $25
Hickory Ridge Golf & Country Club
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London $33
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Heritage/Millennium Course Listowel $30 - $45
River Valley Golf & Country Club St Marys $20 - $30
Savannah Golf Links
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Cambridge $22.12
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Willows Nine
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Ariss $24
Cobble Hills Golf and Ski Club
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Thamesford $18
Wildwinds Golf Links
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Rockwood $22.12
River Road Golf Course
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London $14.99
Woodlands Links Golf Course
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Clinton $14
Seaforth Golf Club
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Seaforth $20
Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club - Pines Nine
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Ariss $24
Dorchester Golf Club
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Dorchester $25
Traditional at Fanshawe Golf Course
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London $14.99
South Nine at Fergus Golf Club
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Fergus $15
Village/Moors at Conestoga Golf & Country Club
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Conestogo $26
East/West at Fergus Golf Club
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Fergus $15
Greenhills Golf Club
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London $57.34
Short Course at Doon Valley Golf Club
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Kitchener $24
Red Course at Foxwood Golf Club
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Baden $28
Red Course at Brookfield Country Club
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Cambridge $24
The Oaks of St. George
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Paris $30
Guelph Country Club
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Guelph $12
Tarandowah Golfers Club
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Avon $18.58
Fox Golf Club
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Granton $25
St. Marys Golf & Country Club
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St Marys $32
East Park Golf Gardens London $20 - $38
Bayview Golf Club Zurich $35 - $50
Widder Station Golf & Country Club Thedford $30
Maple Ridge Golf Club London $36
Guelph Lakes Golf & Country Club Guelph $49 - $65
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Vintage/Heritage Course Listowel $30 - $45
Happy Hills Resort Embro $12 - $15
Innerkip Highlands Golf Club Innerkip $50
Indian Hills Golf Club Lambton Shores $20 - $45
Bear Creek Golf & Country Club Strathroy $30 - $40
Woodstock Meadows Golf Centre Woodstock $32 - $64
Oaks Golf & Country Club Delaware $85 - $104
Listowel Golf & Country Club - Millennium/Vintage Course Listowel $30 - $45
Mitchell Golf & Country Club West Perth $38 - $73
Puslinch Lake Golf Course Cambridge $35.00 - $64.00
Twin Streams Golf Course Delaware $19 - $40
Greystone Golf Course Sarnia N/A
Oxbow Glen Golf & Country Club Komoka $28 - $42
Greenwood Golf Club Sarnia $20 - $40
Red/White at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Galt Country Club Cambridge N/A
Apollo Valley Golf Club Lynden $12 - $22
Stratford Municipal Golf Course Stratford $20 - $32
Pitch & Putt Course at Doon Valley Golf Club Kitchener $8.50
Elmira Golf Club Elmira $52.99 - $68.98
Our Ponderosa RV & Golf Resort Forest $17
Parkside at Fanshawe Golf Course London $15 - $20
9-hole Course at Forest Golf & Country Hotel Forest $10 - $20
Science Hill Country Club St Marys $31
Camlachie Golf & Country Club Camlachie $40
Glen Ridge Golf Kitchener $4 - $11
Otter Creek Golf Club
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Otterville $35
Craigowan Golf Club Woodstock $40 - $70
Northridge Golf Course Brantford $30
Bright's Grove Golf Club Brights Grove $10 - $32
Whistle Bear Golf Club Cambridge $60 - $110
Highland Country Club London N/A
Brantford Golf & Country Club Brantford N/A
Tavistock Golf Course Tavistock $27 - $49
London Hunt & Country Club London $75
White/Blue at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Robinson at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club London $65 - $100
Baby Boomer Par-3 at Goderich Sunset Golf Club Goderich $20 - $25
RiverBend Golf Club London $90
Stonehaven Golf Course Embro $17 - $35
Cutten Fields Guelph $94 - $141
Caradoc Sands Golf Course Strathroy $30.53 - $58.85
Pitch & Putt at Woodstock Meadows Golf Club Woodstock $7.50
Senjan Golf Club Elora N/A
FireRock Golf Club Komoka $49.00 - $70.80
Arrowdale Golf Course Brantford $16
Meadow Land Golf Club Orangeville $22
Exeter Golf Club Exeter $17.70 - $25.00
Red/Blue at Merry-Hill Golf Club Breslau $21 - $49
Westhill Meadows Golf Course Waterloo $17.50
Fescue’s Edge Golf Course Scotland $20 - $30
Mount Forest Golf & Country Club Ayton $15.00 - $24.00
Championship Links at Pike Lake Golf & Country Club Clifford $40 - $65
Huron Oaks Golf Course Bright's Grove $30 - $53
Deer Ridge Golf Course Kitchener $60 - $120
Westminster Trails Golf Club London $25 - $30
Short Lake at Pike Lake Golf & Country Club Clifford $23 - $33
Cedarbrook Gardens Golf London $7
Grand Valley Golf & Country Club Cambridge $10 - $59
Stratford Country Club Stratford $40 - $50
West Haven Golf & Country Club London N/A
Bluewater Golf Course & Campground Bluewater $26 - $46
Sally Creek Golf Club & Bistro Woodstock $21.50 - $31.50
Westmount Golf & Country Club Kitchener N/A
Thompson at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club London $65 - $100
Llyndinshire Golf & Country Club Middlesex Centre $24 - $48
Arkona Fairways Golf Course Arkona $25 - $40
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