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