Per some discussion last year, I was looking at doing a DC area meet sometime in the spring, focusing on the ICC, with some of it open to traffic and the rest under construction.
Yes, this! Mike Pruett and I have been discussing hosting a meet at this exact time of year with this exact intention! It's as if we subconsciously read your mind.
As for Montreal...I visited the city four years ago while I was on a snowboarding trip to Mt. Tremblant, Quebec, and what I found is that how you say hello to someone clues them in to what language is your native. When I would go around saying just "Bonjour!" they assumed that I was a native French speaker! I then learned to say "Bonjour! Hello! Je parle francais but I speak English better."
I do actually know some French, so I would do my best to speak solely in French. The locals got a huge kick out of this and would help me out! They would critique me (positively) and teach me new words. We typically talked in a mix of French and English (mostly english) and it was fun, because I was able to help them practice their English, too. It was super fun. I don't know if this is the typical experience, or if they were just ultra nice because I was a 19 year old girl at the time