WHAT’S HAPPENING AT ELITE SPORTS TOURS: MARCH 2019
Elite Sports Tours had a great time in Montreal this past weekend for the Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens game at the Bell Centre. Passionate Leafs and Habs fans from across the province enjoyed the ultimate hockey road trip experience in La Belle Province for the 2018/19 regular season finale between two historic hockey rivals. As always, were very happy and fortunate enough to see some familiar faces on the trip, with fans who have traveled with Elite Sports Tours before on other trips.
Everyone enjoyed the bus ride up the 401 with some movies, trivia, prize giveaways and jersey raffles for an authentic Leafs and Canadiens jersey. Our guests spent two nights in downtown Montreal at either the beautiful Novotel Montreal, just a few blocks away from the Bell Centre, the home of the Montreal Canadiens.
On Friday night, our guests had the opportunity to take in the many sights and sounds of Montreal and enjoy many of the great resturants the city has to offer as we arrived to the Novotel on Friday at 3:30 p.m. Unfortunately for our Montreal Canadiens fans, they found out their beloved Habs were eliminated from playoff contention when the Columbus Blue Jackets knocked off the New York Rangers with a 3-2 shootout victory, locking up the second and final Eastern Conference wild-card spot.
Our first Pre-Game Party at Houston Avenue Bar and Grill Victoria Square in February was such a great success we headed back for round two! Our guests fuelled up for the big game with Happy Hour drink and appetizer specials. The entire bar was filled with Leafs and Habs fans, decked out in red, white and blue, ready to watch an Original Six showdown. We had a great time at Houston Avenue Bar and Grill Victoria Square with our Elite Sports Tours guests. Our group had a few hours before the big game between Toronto and Montreal to eat some delicious food and have some beverages, while mingling with their friends and making some newo ones. It was great to see so many people from the bus tour show up in their Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens gear, ready for the final regular season game of the 2018/19 campaign.
Once everyone was filled up and ready to go, it was time to head to the Bell Centre! Fans could not have asked for a more entertaining game between these two storied hockey franchises. For the second straight meeting between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens, 60 minutes was not enough to decide a winner. After already scoring a hat trick in his first NHL game, Ryan Poehling beat Frederick Andersen in a shootout to give the Montreal Canadiens a 6-5 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
We can’t wait to be back at the Bell Centre next year for another Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens Bus Trip! If you want to join us in the future, sign up for the newsletter to be notified on the release of all our ultimate sports road trips!
TOP EDMONTON RESTAURANTS
As we travel all over to watch sporting events around the world, we are on a constant adventure to not only cross stadiums from our bucket list, but to indulge in the culture. That includes the unique food and eating at the top Edmonton restaurants that the city has to offer. Sports Travel is definitely Elite Sports Tours strong point, however we also have a ton of experience and knowledge of the top Edmonton restaurants and things to do when traveling to visit an unfamiliar city. Edmonton is a popular travel destination for hockey fans, as they are home to one of the best players in the NHL, Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers. With a brand new arena built in 2016, Rogers Place is one of the newest hockey arenas in the NHL.
The Elite Sports Tours team traveled to Edmonton, Alberta to watch the Toronto Maple Leafs at Edmonton Oilers in some Saturday night hockey in Canada. But first we had to make a stop at Meat For Dinner - YEG - Located in Old Strathacona just on the other side of the North Saskatchewan River.
Top Edmonton Restaurants - Meat For Dinner Address: 8216 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4E5
The restaurant is a smokehouse featuring an array of different BBQ during dinner service, which starts at 4:00 pm daily. The Menu features the classic Brisket, Chicken, Ribs, Sausage and Pulled Pork. There are also daily features, when we had dinner they featured Smoked Turkey and Burnt Beef Ends which were unbelievable. The entire dinner platter was so delicious, we had to come back the next morning to brunch!
Top Edmonton Restaurants - BBQ Sauces
Known for their different BBQ Sauces which you can actually buy as a gift to take home, Meat is definitely a restaurant you will want to stop by when you travel to watch an Oilers game. Be sure to come hungry, if you arrive before 4:00 pm for dinner service, they do have sandwhiches which you are more than welcome to order. They also have a bar and serve some delicious cocktails which you can always enjoy while you wait for the dinner service to try the smoked meats.
Top Edmonton Restaurants - BBQ Platter
Here's a peak at some of the top Meat For Brunch menu items that the Elite Sports Tours team got the pleasure of tasting!
Top Edmonton Restaurants - Meat YEG: Fried Chicken & Waffles - Belgian Waffles, Rosemary Maple Syrup, Butter + Caesar.
Top Edmonton Restaurants- Meat YEG: The Breakfast Sandwhich - Fried Egg, House-Smoked Bacon, Gouda Cheese, Arugula, Tomato, Mayo.
Top Edmonton Restaurants - Meat YEG: Pickleback Shot
Before we left one of the Top Edmonton Restaurants we had to try the signature Pickleback Shot (Shot of Bourbon + Shot of Pickle Brine). It was actually a lot better than anticipated! We would definitely do another Pickleback.
We would highly recommend stopping in for dinner or brunch when you travel to Edmonton. Our team had a great time and that makes one of our top Edmonton restaurants. We will be sure to stop by again when we travel to Edmonton.
TOP EDMONTON RESTAURANTS RATING
FOOD: 7.7 / 10
SERVICE: 7.4 / 10
DRINKS: 8.0 / 10
OVERALL RATING - 7.7
Meat For Dinner doesn't take reservations which makes it difficult before Oilers games, however it is worth the wait if you aren't going to miss the big game. We would recommend making the stop at Meat when you travel. The food and service was great. Worth trying for Dinner or Brunch and for that reason Meat made our list of Top Edmonton Restaurants.
Elite Sports Tours had a unbelievable time in Detroit this past weekend for the Toronto Raptors at Detroit Pistons Bus Tour down to Detroit, at Little Caesars Arena. We had multiple bus loads of passionate Toronto Raptors fans enjoy the ultimate basketball bus trip experience in Motor City. It's always great to see some familiar faces on the trip, with fans who have traveled with Elite Sports Tours before on other bus trips.
Everyone enjoyed the bus ride down the 401 with some movies, trivia, prize giveaways and jersey raffles for a throwback Toronto Raptors Vince Carter or Tracy McGrady jersey. We had bus pick up locations all across the GTA in Whitby, Toronto, Burlington, Kitchener and London.
One the bus tour arrived in Detroit, we headed to Buffalo Wild Wings for our official Elite Sports Tours Pre-Game Party from 3-5 PM. Our guests fuelled up for the big game with tasty appitizers, delicious wings and ice cold beverages. BWW was gracious enough to host our pre-game party in the upper level private room to give our guests a better chance to meet and mingle with other die hard Raptors fans.
Once everyone was filled up, it was time or the buses head to the arena! Some lucky fans had an opportunity of a lifetime with a true "Elite Experience". 20 of our guests we're able to head down on to the court and give their beloved Toronto Raptors high fives before taking on the Detroit Pistons.
The only thing that could have capped off a perfect day was a Toronto Raptors win, but unfortunately for the North faithful, the Detroit Pisonts came out victorious with a 112-107 overtime win. Despite the loss, all the fans were treated to a fantastic basketball game with both teams putting on a great show at Little Caesars Arena.
The night wasn't over once the buzzer sounded at the end of the game as our guest had the opportunity to head down to the after court and take a free throw. We couldn't think of a better way to finish off such an amazing day in Detroit!
We can’t wait to be back at the Little Caesars Arena for the next Toronto Raptors at Detroit Pistons Bus Trip on March 17th 2019! We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate St.Patrick's Day! If you want to join us in the future, sign up for the newsletter to be notified on the release of all our ultimate sports road trips!
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT ELITE SPORTS TOURS: MARCH 2019
After a busy month of hockey road trips in Februrary, Elite Sports Tours and many passionate basketball fans are heading down the 401 to Little Caesars Arena for two Toronto Raptors at Detroit Piston Bus Trips on March 3rd and 17th. Always one of our favourite Toronto Raptors Bus Trips to put together, as we send several buses and take over Detroit. It basically becomes a Toronto Raptors home game on the road, something we feel gives them an advantage. So be sure to show your support and join us on one of our popular Toronto Raptors Bus Trips in the future!
Elite Sports Tours was just in the Motor City at Little Caesars Arena a few weeks ago for a Toronto Maple Leafs at Detroit Red Wings Road Trip on February 1st and we could not be more excied to go back to see a basketball game in one the newest and nicest arena's in North American professional sports. One of the best parts of traveling with Elite Sports Tours on our Toronto Raptors Road Trips is meeting other fans like yourself and cheering on the squad. It becomes a lot more than a simple ticket and bus ride, it's an experience like none other. From the momment you wake up in the morning and throw on your favourite Toronto Raptors Jersey and head to the pick up location where you meet up with other Toronto Raptors fans to board the bus, Elite Sports Tours takes care of everything else. Once we head down the 401 and finish picking up other die hard Toronto Raptors fans along the way, we cross over into Michigan to grab some food and drinks before the game. After all we are going to need our energy, because we have 4 quarters of "Let's Go Raptors!" chants to belt out at the top of our lungs. Elite Sports Tours has setup a Pre-Party at Buffalo Wild Wings for all the Toronto Raptors fans to interact, mingle, play some games, win some prizes and of course enjoy some food and beverages before the game.
Some lucky Toronto Raptors fans will have the chance to be a part of the 'high five tunnel' before the game on March 3rd as the Toronto Raptors run onto the court. An Elite experience for our fans that goes beyond driving down yourself and buying a ticket. The opportunity to be a part of something bigger. Cheering on your favourite team with other fans, making new friends, traveling to new cities all for the same reason, to cheer the Toronto Raptors on. Elite Sports Tours makes it easy for you and your friends. Everyone who travels with Elite Sports Tours on the Toronto Raptors at Detroit Pistons Bus Trip will get the opportunity to take a 'free throw' on the court after the game at Little Caesars Arena. These two trips are sure to create some memories of a lifetime for Toronto Raptors fans and some new members of the Raptors Road Crew.
Packages include round trip bus ride with pick up locations in Whitby, Toronto, Burlington, Kitchener and London, 100 or 200 level game ticket and an pre-game party at Buffalo Wild Wing in Downtown Detroit. Basketball fans from across the country will have an opportunity to mingle and get ready for the big Toronto Raptors vs. Detroit Pistons game while enjoying some great food and old beverages.
Next week we will be announcing our winner of the Labbatt's Elite Experience for an upcoming Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game! This will include seats against the glass, access to the Labatt's box, which includes all you can eat and drink! Someone from our Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens road trips will be be selected as a winner in a draw for the Elite Experience. If you don't already, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram to stay tuned for the big announcement !
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We head back for the last game of the season on April 5-7 2019 Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens Bus Trip!
Elite Sports Tours had a great time in Montreal this past weekend for the Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens game at the Bell Centre. We had over 200 passionate Leafs and Habs fans enjoy the ultimate hockey road trip experience in La Belle Province. We were lucky enough to see some familiar faces on the trip, with fans who have traveled with Elite Sports Tours before on other trips.
Everyone enjoyed the bus ride up the 401 with some movies, trivia, prize giveaways and jersey raffles for an authentic Leafs and Canadiens jersey. Our guests spent two nights in downtown Montreal at either the Intercontinental Montreal or the Novotel Montreal. Both hotels are located in the heart of downtown, close to the Bell Centre.
On Friday night, Elite Sports Tours hosted a "Montreal Kick-Off Party" at Somwhr Liquor Lounge to start the weekend off with some celebratory drinks with some of our travel guests.
On Saturday, Houston Avenue Bar and Grill Victoria Square graciously hosted the Elite Sports Tours Pre-Game Party from 4-6 PM. Our guests fuelled up for the big game with Happy Hour drink and appetizer specials. The entire bar was filled with Leafs and Habs fans, decked out in red, white and blue, ready to watch an Original Six showdown.
We had a great time filling up Houston Avenue Bar and Grill Victoria Square amongst fans traveling with Elite Sports Tours. Our group had a few hours before the big game between Toronto and Montreal to eat some delicious food and have some beverages, while making some new friends. It was great to see so many people from the bus tour show up in their Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens hockey gear, or hockey sweaters as they call them.
Once everyone was filled up, it was time to head to the rink! Fans could not have asked for a better game between the two storied franchises. After 60 minutes of back and forth hockey, the game went into overtime with a score of 3-3. After successfully killing off a penalty in the extra frame, John Tavares potted the winner by beating Carey Price with a back-hand beauty after taking a slick feed from Mitch Marner, giving the Maple Leafs the 3-2 overtime win.
We can’t wait to be back at the Bell Centre for the next Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens Bus Trip on April 5-7 2019! If you want to join us in the future, sign up for the newsletter to be notified on the release of all our ultimate sports road trips!
Another awesome trip to Detroit is in the books! Elite Sports Tours headed down to the Motor City for an Original Six showdown on Friday between the Toronto Maple Leafs vs Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena.
It was an amazing group of passionate hockey fans enjoyed the bus ride down to Detroit with some movies, trivia, prize giveaways and a jersey raffle for an Auston Matthews jersey. We arrived to Detroit four hours before puck drop which allowed everyone to enjoy a pre-game meal and take in the sights and sounds of Motown.
Fans were in for a nice surprise before puck drop, as the Detroit Red Wings honoured legend Red Kelly by retiring his #4 jersey, becoming just the eighth number to hang in the rafters in Red Wings history.
It was an electric atmosphere at the LCA with close to half of the arena being filled with Maple Leafs fans. Danny Dekeyser found the back of the net 2:40 in overtime to secure the victory for the Detroit Red Wings.
Take a look at our full photo album here on our Facebook page! We can’t wait to be back at Little Caesars Arena for the Toronto Raptors at Detroit Pistons Road Trip on March 3rd and 17th 2019! If you want to join us in the future, sign up for the newsletter to be notified on the release of road trips.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT ELITE SPORTS TOURS: FEBRUARY 2019
For the second consecutive year, Elite Sports Tours is heading to Little Caesars Arena to see the Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Detroit Red Wings on Friday, February 1st.
Leafs and Wings fans from across the province are headed down the 401 and across the the Gordie Howe International Bridge into downtown Detroit for an Original Six showdown. It should be a closely contested battle as the Leafs currently lead the season series 2-1 with two of those games being decided in overtime.
On February 8th, over 200 hockey fans will head out on a bus road trip to Montreal to see one of the oldest rivalries in all of sports. There are still some spots remaining for the Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens road trip on February 8-10, but they're are booking up fast!
Elite Sports Tours will be back in MTL for the Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens road trip on April 5-7 for the last game of the season for a game which could have major playoff implications.
Elite Sports Tours had a great time visiting Florida for 4 nights and two hockey games. We had a great group from all across Canada, who traveled to Florida to be part of our hockey road trip experience. Some Toronto Maple Leafs fans flew in from New Foundland, Alberta, Nova Scotia and all across Ontario. We were lucky enough to see some familiar faces on the trip, with fans who have traveled with Elite Sports Tours before on other trips.
A beautiful week in sunny Florida watching the Leafs!
SHERATON TAMPA RIVERWALK HOTEL (DOWNTOWN TAMPA)
We spent two nights in Florida at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk downtown Tampa. The hotel is located in a great location right on the riverwalk and features a beautiful pool and full service bar. We had beautiful weather while our group visited Florida. Our hotel location allowed the group to take a short walk down the river walk directly to Amalie Arena. On Thursday night we watched the Toronto Maple Leafs vs Tampa Bay Lightning in the first of two games on the trip.
Toronto defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first game. Some of the group went out to a local restaurant and ran into several Toronto Maple Leafs players during their visit in Tampa. Fans on the trip managed to get a photo with Auston Matthews, Patrick Marleau and Connor Brown, which made the trip priceless for those fans on their trip.
BUS RIDE FROM TAMPA TO SUNRISE FLORIDA
The next morning our group boarded the bus from the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk for a short bus ride to Sunrise Florida for the second game on the back to back. The team traveled the night before and stayed at the DoubleTree by Hilton Sawgrass Mills, where we were headed for the next two nights! On the bus we did some trivia, prize giveaways and a jersey raffle for an Auston Matthews jersey. When we arrived at the hotel the guests ran into the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Hotel Lobby as they headed over to BB&T Center to prepare for the game in a few hours.
JOHN TAVARES AND WILLIAM NYLANDER WITH TOUR GUESTS
The Toronto Maple Leafs didn't fair so well in the second game, falling to the Florida Panthers 3-1. After the game our group got the opportunity to go on the ice and take some photos, thank to the Florida Panthers. If running into the players on the trip wasn't an amazing experience, we got the chance to go on the ice!
We had such a fun time on this road trip! We look forward to hosting it again next hockey season. If you want to join us on future road trips, sign up for the newsletter to be notified on the release of future road trips.