Vancouver finally gets free public WiFi internet

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Brace yourselves, Vancouver, we’re finally getting free public wifi.

TELUS has been working with the city to launch the Van Wifi program, which will start with six locations and expand into 37 more throughout the city in the coming months.

The first six locations will be:

  • Mount Pleasant Community Centre
  • Champlain Heights Community Centre
  • Coal Harbour Community Centre
  • Roundhouse Community Centre
  • Langara Golf Course Club House
  • Fraserview Golf Course Club House

Other sites TELUS is working on installing free public wifi in include the Creekside Community Recreation Centre, the Gathering Place, Trout Lake Community Centre, and the McCleery Golf Course Club House.

The 43 locations include 27 community centres, four outdoor pools, four civic facilities, three golf courses, three theatres and two marinas.

The free wifi is part of the city’s digital strategy, which calls for “expanded digital access throughout the city.”

To log on, select the “VanWiFi” network, and then open your browser on your tablet, phone, or laptop. Users will be redirected to the Van Wifi homepage and will be automatically connected to the internet.

The City of Vancouver installed free public wifi in all Vancouver Public Library locations in 2007. They’ve more recently added it to City Hall, Development Services and the Parks Board Office.

Where would you like to see free public wifi in Vancouver? Tell us in the comments below.

Here’s a map of all the free wifi locations in Vancouver:

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