Originally Posted by Jamaican-Phoenix
Actually, since Montreal is more or less 50/50 French/English, people (especially tourists) can often get by with only English.
Actually, according to Stat Can
, Montreal is 67,8% French, 16,5% English, 15,7% other languages (or a mix of all of the above).
Some people who hang out stricly in the city center or anywhere in the western quadrant of the city might get the impression that English is more prevalent, but the north, east and south part of the city are much, much more French.
Not that it should be of concern for JBinCalgary, as most of the people a tourist will encounter or need to deal with while in Montreal are likely
to be bilingual (but not always), anywhere in the city.
JBinCalgary, I know you have asked for activities to do around the Queen Elizabeth hotel, but please, do not limit yourself to the city centre. Montreal is a big city and tons of interesting stuff is located in other neighbourhoods. The Métro (that's how we call our subway) will take you quickly anywhere you'd want to go, like the Biodome, Mont-Royal, the Plateau Mont-Royal, Sainte-Hélène Island.
Eustache and Rico have already provided excellent recommendations, but I stongly suggest you also take a look at Tourism Montreal'
s great site, where you can search for activities by date, or by neighbourhood. In both languages, or course!
It will give more ideas of things to do / visit.