Fortunately, most of the people working in the museums, stores and other businesses were bilingual enough to make transactions. They have an interesting French accent in Canada that seems to take a bit of the music out of the language.
We spent most of our time in Old Montreal and the area around the Museum of Fine Art. The area around the museum was a vibrant area with lots of foot traffic and many outdoor cafes. This area was populated by the locals and not just tourists.
I had a solo show of my artwork in Montreal a few years ago so it was fun to see that location since I missed the opening.
The museum was in three separate buildings with connections underground. We found it a bit confusing and could not find our way out even when the guards gave us directions twice. This was the third museum in which we got lost, but that seems to part of our experience.