Travel is fun. Roaming fees, not so much. Fortunately, Montréal is a destination with plenty of Wi-Fi options. This means that in various corners of the city, visitors can access wireless networks — most of them free — to send an email, post a picture or even capture that darn elusive Pokémon.
Here are some of our favourite Wi-Fi options in Montréal.
Old Montréal. Launched last year as part of the Montréal’s Smart and Digital City Plan, the majority of Old Montréal is now a Wi-Fi zone. Simply select MtlWifi on your wireless device and start surfing — no hoops to jump through! While you’re wandering through Old Montréal, use the network to view the Cité Mémoire exposition, the largest outdoor video-projection installation in the world.
The Montréal-Trudeau International Airport. After your flight lands in Montréal, you might have a few moments of wait time for your luggage. Use the airport’s free Wi-Fi to post an official “I’m in Montréal” selfie! (Just don’t forget to tag it #MTLmoments.)
The Entertainment District. The Quartier des spectacles (as it’s formally known en français) is the cultural heart of Montréal. Throughout the year, the district is home to massive outdoor live performances during such events as the Montréal International Jazz Festival and MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. Use the free Wi-Fi network to share some live video on Facebook!
The Village. The gay village is not only a place to connect with handsome lesbians and fellas with cute French accents — it’s also a place where you can connect to the information superhighway, so get your Tinder profiles open and be prepared to swipe right. The service is provided by a company called Île sans fil, who offer Wi-Fi hotspots in various places across Montréal. Learn more here.
Shopping districts. The majority of Montréal shopping malls, such as the very-popular Centre Eaton and the Centre Montréal Trust, offer free Wi-Fi to visitors. Which is perfect, as you’re going to want to post an Instagram selfie of the hot new outfit you found.
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Indie cafés. While some Montréal cafés are deliberately not offering Wi-Fi (to create calm, offline gathering spaces), the majority of independently-owned cafés do have free Wi-Fi networks. See our roundup of must-try indie cafés right here…
Corporate restaurants and cafés. Montréal has a host of American-style quick service restaurants (read: McDonald’s) and cafés (read: Starbucks) that have complimentary Wi-Fi. Locations throughout the city.
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