We went there last summer for a vacation, and it was excellent. We didn't want any craziness or crowds on vacation, we just needed to get out of the Armpit of Ontario. We did lots of wandering around in the mornings, then hit the beach in the afternoon, plus the concert on Thursday, and driving around the square over and over again. We had the best possible weather, not even a hint of rain except on our last day, when it sputtered a little.
They were working hard all over to put in the new Fiber Optic system, where every house will have access to it. I think that they are positioning themselves, and really, I think it would be an excellent place to set up a computer programming business, especially with the possibilities of real High Speed. They also did their HotSpot right, with coverage for the whole downtown area, so one can have a coffee and WiFi, or sit across the street under the trees in front of the courthouse, or wherever.
Places like Hamilton are just so retrograde. We are stuck with fake High Speed, and in my neighbourhood, it is completely unavailable because of a feud over who owns the poles. And even if they did have High Speed, it would be pathetically slow like Sympatico, that is capped, throttled and made completely useless. No company that requires computing or being online or having telecommuting would bother to locate in this dump, it would cost them far too much to set all their employees up with satellite internet. The only advantage is that it is only a 45 minute drive to the nearest computer shop in Toronto... And the poor WiFi coverage is an example, since only a small handful of libraries even have it, though they keep promising more. WiFi is also hampered because the high speed service is so slow, that it is a rare day that I can even use a quarter of the capability of "B" speeds, even if they are using "G" or "N"...
The College has high speed - swank high speed they bring in themselves, but they don't have WiFi...
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I forgot about the Safeway store! I don't know if they all do, but the Safeway that I shop at has free wifi and it seems to be high-speed. It doesn't work in the back of the store, but it does reach as far as the benches out in the mall in front of the store.
Most of these responses assume that the OP is in the greater Toronto area. Most of Canada - which the original poster asked about - is not anywhere near Toronto. A lot of the coffee outlets that have been mentioned don't exist in our part of Canada. Just saying.
Thanks for all the responses. I guess my question was a bit too open ended. I'm in central Ontario and I know there are a few places around here with WIFI, but most require you to be a customer/client. However, I'm more concerned about getting access to WIFI when I'm travelling, which is why I asked about hotspots across Canada. I'm mainly interested in Ontario and Alberta right now, but I also hope to travel to BC and the Maritimes in the next year or so.
Also, by "free" I didn't mean open or unsecured networks, which I think I would only use very cautiously. I really meant passworded networks that you can use without being charged a fee or with a small fee, like the Starbucks example described above.
Anyway, all these comments have been very useful. Thanks
"Originally Posted by imageinnovation
I'm curious about the hotel lobbies. Don't you generally have to be a guest to use their networks? Or can you walk in off the street into their lobby and get on their net?
Depends. The more corporate ones tend to have a simple password that only guests receive. Some are just wide open."
I guess I'll have to wander into a few lobbies when I get my Touch and see what happens. :-)