Last updated July 28, 2015
This page lists Montreal-related mobile apps with a bit of description and information for each one. Most are free, some are a buck or two.
If you would like your pay app reviewed on this page, you can select "Gift this app" from the little drop-down arrow next to the price on the iTunes store, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please explain in the "personal message" field what your connection is with the app and briefly describe what it does. But remember, this page only reviews apps with significant Montreal-specific content or usefulness. At the moment we're only able to review apps for iPhone and iPad.
Recent listing of ten apps for summertime from ZTélé.
Transit and commute
The STM also offers SMT Merci which offers occasional deals to transit users.
Prkng helps you find free or open parking spaces. Seems to be Apple-only.
Bixi is Montreal's public bike-sharing program which closes at the end of November and reopens after the snow disappears in mid-April-ish. Bixi has spawned a mobile information category all by itself.
Bixi is the native app for Bixi services in Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa/Gatineau.
Bixou, Spotcycle, Biximo, Montreal Bikes, iFindBikes
All these apps show how many Bixi bikes are available nearby and how many slots are open, in real time. Most cover other cities as well as Montreal. It's mostly a question of figuring out which features and aesthetics you prefer.
Real-time tracking of the progress of Montreal snow clearance after big storms. As of January 2015 it's operating in Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Côte-des-Neiges-NDG, Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Villeray-St-Michel-Park-Ex and Ville-Marie, and is expected to be extended to other boroughs after this beta rollout. Also available for Android.
Parkings Gratuits Montréal Deneigement
After snowstorms, the city of Montreal provides some free parking spots so streets can be cleared faster. This app locates them for you.
Tourism and culture info
Mont-Royal is an app by Les Amis du Mont-Royal about Mount Royal, its features and points of interest. Last updated in 2011.
Montreal Museums displays local museums by name or proximity, suggests what's hot, proposes cultural walks, and allows you to select permanent or temporary exhibits. The Museum of Fine Arts has its own app as well.McCord Museum functions as a guide to the history museum on Sherbrooke Street. Flip between English and French. The museum has another app called Montreal Urban Museum that lets you see how various locations throughout downtown and Old Montreal looked in archival photos. There's also Montreal Then and Now City Guide which offers a similar function. Montréal Avant is yet another in the category.
Poynt is not limited to Montreal, but will use your location to suggest movies, restaurants and other businesses and seems to have a decent database of Montreal information. Yelp is perhaps a better known app of the same type. There's also Around Me.
Old Montreal guide
Guide to the museums, attractions, restaurants, shops and bars of Old Montreal.
Montreal Map and Walks
Nine detailed walks and other information. $4.99.
Lots of information about NHL hockey, not just the Canadiens. Live box scores, standings and other data, but also McDonalds ads not shown on the official screenshots.
La Presse's hockey content, game results and so forth.
App for fans of the August tennis event. FREE.
Mobile version of Montreal's daily La Presse In French. Very good interface: headlines, news categories and mobile-formatted news articles. If you can read French you should have this app, although the iPad version of LaPresse+ is significantly more immersive.
Mobile version of the free newspaper Metro available at metro entrances and elsewhere around town.
Mobile version of the city's only English-language daily.
The Journal de Montréal recently launched the Journal de Montréal Edition E, also for Android, which is a downloadable format. The iPhone version places newspapers in the Newsstand app, but it seems they're several days out of date unless you're a paid subscriber. You're better off having the canoe.ca app instead, which gives you more QMI and Quebecor content. (Also for Android.) The same chain also offers 24H Montréal. (Also for Android.)
La Vitrine is a cultural calendar that claims to have the most complete entertainment listings, and direct links to buy tickets. In French. FREE.
Wenite proposes nightlife options, crowdsourcing venues by general ambiance, male/female radio, seduction potential and more. Not updated since 2011.
Urbania is an app from the magazine of the same name, offering a mixture of video content, map-tagged information, and TV listings (one of the sponsors is TV5). You're invited to create an account and contribute content of your own.
Video clips, photos and blog entries covering Quebec vedettes and comic incidents.
Radio-Canada TV app lets you catch up on shows you like and easily chat about them on social networks. French.
More than 2500 National Film Board films are available free via this player.
Piknic Electronik's app gives you a complete schedule for the summer season of the Sunday afternoon island raves. I'm assuming it will be back for 2014.
Show times for all the films at the Guzzo chain.
Streaming thirteen radio stations in Quebec including CKOI, 98,5 Montréal and 92.5 The Beat
Gathers together 20 radio streams from Montreal radio stations. Hasn't been updated since 2010.
Sélection radio du Québec
Player for Quebec radio stations. Hasn't been updated since 2010.
CBC content live or on demand, choose your city. English.
La Radio de Radio-Canada
Radio-Canada content, live or on demand. French.
Virgin Radio – Canada
Mobile player for Virgin Radio station.
Classical music station 24/7. French commentary. Hasn't been updated since 2011.
More English-language mainstream radio.
Gets its data from Environment Canada and will display it in English or French, Fahrenheit, Celsius or Kelvin. Will display information from any Environment Canada location. Despite being free, there are no ads. Nicely done. The same people offer Atmosphérique Pro at $2.99 with additional features like weather alerts and warnings, historical weather data, and more detail generally.
Locates ATMs in the Montreal area.
Rockland gives you an index of what's available at Rockland Shopping Centre. Not updated since February 2012.
uMontréal helps Université de Montréal students stay in touch with news, information and maps.
Festivals and events
Apps are often connected with specific festivals and events in Montreal and are reissued fresh each year. For example the FrancoFolies 2015, the Jazz Festival (also on Android), Osheaga 2015 and Complètement Cirque 2015 had apps this year and will have apps again.