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How to watch US Netflix in Canada - VPN Guide

VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, are traditionally used to shield Internet users from itinerant web trackers and other snooping technology. By diverting traffic through one or more servers, often locate in different cities or countries, users shield their locations and, in most cases, cut off access to their devices by hackers.

But VPNs have a side benefit, too: by routing traffic through other countries, users can often trick services like Netflix into thinking that they are presently located far away, opening up a wealth of content that may not be otherwise available. Netflix recently said that it was cracking down on VPN usage to circumvent its thin geographic walls, but there are still some great options out there for iOS users who want to protect themselves, or watch a great movie — or both.

Tunnelbear

A simple, one-tap VPN with extensive platform support, Tunnelbear is as effective as it is adorable. The Canadian company offers secure links to over a dozen countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, and Spain, with an easy-to-understand iOS app that can be enabled without leaving the app at all. Tunnelbear can be slow at times, especially on the free tier, but I never had problem streaming over the connection.

Tunnelbear offers 500MB of free data per month, with up to 1GB of extra data every 30 days for Tweeting about its greatness. Plans start at $5.49 per month or $39.99 per year for iOS-only connectivity (which is fine for Netflix, which is compatible with AirPlay and Chromecast), or $9.99 per month and $69.99 per year for all platforms, up to five devices total. (All prices in Canadian Dollars.)

Hide My Ass

One of the oldest players in the VPN market, Hide My Ass, or VPN HMA! as it's known on iOS, is one of the most comprehensive.

Compatible with nearly every platform, VPN HMA! for iOS has no free functionality, but offers affordable monthly or yearly packages that allow users to connect to 932 VPN servers in 352 locations in over 190 countries, according to the company's support page. While its massive size has often prompted criticism for its slow or inconsistent customer service, HMA is a great choice for someone looking to connect to one of over 12,000 IP addresses from around the world. HMA is also really fast, and can be configured to find servers in a given country filtered by latency and speed — a huge benefit for streaming users.

Prices begin at $11.52 USD (around $15.50 CAD) for a one-month subscription, and drops to $6.55 USD per month ($9 CAD) for a 12-month subscription.

SurfEasy

Another Toronto-based VPN service, SurfEasy is likely the best overall service I've used. It is always fast, and has a fantastic, easy-to-understand interface that fits between the simplicity of Tunnelbear and the heavy user profile of HMA.

Recently acquired by Norway's Opera, the company behind the popular browser, SurfEasy has only improved in quality and performance since its corporate expansion. With the recently-released version 4.0, SurfEasy is now now only easier to use, but comes with a useful iOS Widget.

Prices start at $4.99 USD ($6.70 CAD) per month, billed monthly, or $3.99 USD ($5.40 CAD) billed annually.

VyprVPN

Another great choice for VPN users, Golden Frog's VyprVPN claims to be the world's fastest, with over 700 servers in 50 countries.

VyprVPN's iOS app is slick and easy to use, allowing users to easily change to any of the countries on the extensive list. Better yet, it offers ping times numerically and in easy-to-understand "green/yellow/red" tiles. For customers connecting to servers in the US, for example, it's easy to distinguish between fast and slow options.

Unlike the other options, a subscription to VyprVPN also provides access to VyprDNS, which claims "defeat censorship" in countries that often engage in man-in-the-middle attacks.

Moreover, VyprVPN offers 500MB of data for free each month, or premium subscriptions starting at $8.33 USD ($11.20 CAD) per month billed annually, or $14.99 USD ($20.10 CAD) per month, billed monthly.

Your turn!

Did we miss one of your favourite VPN services on iOS? Let us know in the comments below!

We test and review VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:

1. Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service).

2. Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroad.

We do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing.

Daniel Bader is a Senior Editor at iMore, offering his Canadian analysis on Apple and its awesome products. In addition to writing and producing, Daniel regularly appears on Canadian networks CBC and CTV as a technology analyst.

20 Comments
  • Freedome is a great VPN too! :) Sent from the iMore App
  • Freedome stopped working with netflix a few weeks ago :(
  • Got GetFlix of of StackSocial a while back and I find it works great. I've been checking weekly and it still works fine.
  • I don't watch Netflix (or any form of TV aside from the news and sport channels), so can't really comment on what VPN's the best for that particular use case, but for "general" VPN use on iOS, I use Cloak. I like how you can set it to automatically connect/disconnect the VPN connection based on the Wi-Fi network you're connected to.
  • I found Private Internet Access to perform very well when streaming Netflix content form other countries. It has easy to setup clients for most operating systems, and a great iOS app. Its also about the same price as other options listed here: $6.95 a month or $40 if bought yearly.
  • I second this!!
  • I third this! Not only does it perform well but the service does not keeps logs like other companies (*cough* VyperVPN).
  • I fourth this!! It is pretty fast and you can use it on all your devices (Apple, Android or Windows) with just one subscription!
  • I prefer PrivateTunnel. Been using it for years. Found it to be one of the faster services and works best within most wifi networks ;-)
  • One of my favs is SecureLine VPN from the makers of Avast! Anti-Virus software. It's fast enough for me, works great with Netflix, offers a free 7-day trial, no data limits, affordable plans and even a widget!
  • Is there any way to know what is not available for us in Canada compared to us list? I am still at my 30 free trial but I am wondering if some series or movies will disappear from the list once I pay w/o using vpn
  • PIA all the way ! https://privateinternetaccess.com/offer/furmponle_jjlhsyu9c?aff_sub=UUim...
  • I use PIA and I can't see content from the BBC iPlayer no more when I'm abroad. I have to find an other VPN provider. Bummer is that I just renewed my subscription.
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  • Even tho this service is a DNS redirect, works great for my Netflix & Hulu needs.
    https://adfreetime.com
  • If only I could figure something out like this for mlb.tv....
  • You don't need VPN for Netflix just DNS. Sent from the iMore App
  • I use Cloak, very good rates and very free service. Right now because of a bug in iOS the most basic plan gives 1TB per month because of the bug. Sent from the iMore App
  • PureVPN has made me happy for the last 3 months. Netflix connection is great too (once Netflix played a trick on them, but they were able to provide me with a new VPN server to watch Netflix) Support is impeccable and fast. Watch for their life subscribtion at 69.99$, unlimited data, 30Mbits download.
  • What do you guys recommend for a VPN that can be used with the newest AppleTV?
  • I have used Proxpn with with great success and performance. It is pairs but very well worth it. Sent from the iMore App