Arkells Rally – Your Hamilton Guide

Calling all Arkells fans. This summer’s Rally at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field on June 23 is going to be epic.

Already have your tix? Congrats! Now it’s time to start planning your visit to the city Arkells love to call home!

Tourism Hamilton has your guide on how to get here, where to stay, getting around, where to eat and all the fun things to do.

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Getting Here:

Whether you’re travelling by car or public transit, getting to Hamilton is a breeze.

Getting Around:

Hamilton is compact and easy to navigate. If you’re without a car, there’s plenty of ways to get around.

By Bike:

Explore like a local on two wheels with Hamilton’s signature blue and white bikeshare SoBi bicycles, available at easy to spot bike stands across the city. Just ask the Arkells – who traveled to the 2015 JUNO Awards in Hamilton on their own fleet of SoBi bikes:

By Bus:

Hamilton’s bus service – HSR or Hamilton Street Railway – offers a quick and easy way to get around.

By Cab:

Hamilton Taxis are waiting to chauffeur you to your destination and back via  either Hamilton Cab or Blue Line.

Where to Stay

Want to turn your concert experience into an epic weekend getaway? You’ll need somewhere to crash. Tourism Hamilton’s accommodations listings have you covered.  If you don’t have a car, staying downtown is your best bet. Downtown hotels include: Sheraton Hamilton, Homewood and Staybridge Suites (both with in-room kitchenettes), Hamilton Plaza and more.  Plenty of beautiful B&B’s, many in historic homes, are available across the city as well.


What to Eat

Great food and drink are a big part of a memorable trip. You’ll have no problems feeding your hunger in a city that’s been making headlines for its exciting food and drink scene.

Check out our Hamilton Foodie Guide – Where to Eat from Brunch options, Breweries, Coffee Shops, and everything in between!

Salty Espresso brunch

Max Kerman highly recommends the sweet potato and avocado toast at his neighbourhood coffee shop Salty Espresso.

What to Do

We’re home to a vibrant arts scene, great shopping and unexpectedly stunning nature – all within minutes of the city’s historic downtown core. Why not stay a while and explore? Find out where to what all the buzz is for yourself.

Don’t miss our What to Do in Hamilton guide

Fun Facts

  • The band is named after Arkell Street in the Westdale neighbourhood of Hamilton where they went to McMaster University
  • Arkells’ debut album Jackson Square is named after a mall in downtown Hamilton
  • The Arkells Rally will be Hamilton’s largest outdoor stadium concert in decades. (The largest was in 1975 when more than 50,000 Pink Floyd fans filled Ivor Wynne Stadium)

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