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 montrealcom@gmail.com. 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.

Connectivity

Get a free wi-fi
Locate free wi-fi signal hotspots around town. It may be helpful to to create a free account with Île sans fil first for access to some of them.

Transit and commute

STM
Montreal transit commission's own app with schedule information plus Bixi and Communauto locations. Sends alerts in cases of metro outages. Also available for Android.

The STM also offers SMT Merci which offers occasional deals to transit users.

Transit app
Covers not only Montreal and its suburbs but a host of other city transit systems. Maps, nearby buses and departures. Now integrates Uber taxis. Also available for Android.

MonRésoVélo
Records bike trips using your smart phone's GPS, provides a map of bike paths and, a recent addition, shows which bike paths have been cleared of snow for winter. Also for Android.

AMT Chrono
Schedules for the Montreal-area commuter train system. Also available for Android.

Traffic Montreal
Bridge traffic. Also for Android.

Quebec 511
Highways app from the Quebec ministry of transport. Also for Android.

STL Synchro
Bus times for the Laval transit system. A different app is available for Android: STL Laval Transit.

Diamond Taxi (also for Android) and Taxi Coop (also for Android) both have apps.

Uber for iPhone, Uber for Android.

Prkng helps you find free or open parking spaces. Seems to be Apple-only.

Bixi

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.

MonRésoVélo is a guide to bike paths. Also for Android.

Winter

INFO-Neige MTL
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.

SkiQc
Snow conditions at ski hills around Quebec. Also for Android.

Medical assistance

Doctr is a new app helping you find the closest emergency room or the one with the shortest wait time, and – if you're in less of an emergency – clinics local to you. Also on Android.

Tourism and culture info

Musées e Montréal and Montreal Museums have info about the many local museums and their offerings.

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.

Parcours riverain shows everything about river accesses around Montreal – walks, parks, historic sites. Also on Android. Seems to be only in French.

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.

Sports

Canadiens de Montréal also for Android
Real-time updates on the Sainte-Flanelle plus social media features and more.

CBC Hockey
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.

LP Hockey
La Presse's hockey content, game results and so forth.

Impact de Montréal follows Montreal's soccer team. Also for Android.

Montreal Alouettes follows Montreal's CFL team. Also for Android.

Rogers Cup
App for fans of the August tennis event. FREE.

News

LP Mobile
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.

Journal Métro
Mobile version of the free newspaper Metro available at metro entrances and elsewhere around town.

Montreal Gazette
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.)

CBC News
Nicely designed news vehicle with text, on-demand audio and video, local news options. English. Also for Android.

Radio-Canada is the equivalent news vehicle in French. Also for Android.

Entertainment

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.

bombe.tv
Video clips, photos and blog entries covering Quebec vedettes and comic incidents.

ICI Tou.tv
Radio-Canada TV app lets you catch up on shows you like and easily chat about them on social networks. French.

NFB Films
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.

Cinemas Guzzo
Show times for all the films at the Guzzo chain.

Radio

Cogeco Radio
Streaming thirteen radio stations in Quebec including CKOI, 98,5 Montréal and 92.5 The Beat

Montreal Radios
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 Radio
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.

Radio-Classique Montréal
Classical music station 24/7. French commentary. Hasn't been updated since 2011.

Astral Radio
More English-language mainstream radio.

Weather

Atmosphérique
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.

Banking

Guichetier
Locates ATMs in the Montreal area.

Shopping

Poynt and Yelp, both listed above under Tourism, include lots of shopping recommendations and information.

Rockland gives you an index of what's available at Rockland Shopping Centre. Not updated since February 2012.

Tuango discounts.

Education

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.