Verdun is a borough (arrondissement) of the City of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is situated along the St. Lawrence River. Verdun has the distinction of being one of Canada's oldest cities, as it was founded in 1671. The Canal de l'Aqueduc seperates Verdun from downtown Montreal, making the Champlain Bridge the main bridge from Montreal to the suburbs on the South Shore of the St. Lawrence River. Verdun is a predominantly French-speaking, middle-working-class neighbourbood, although at one point, English was the main language being spoke by its residence. Although Montreal is nationally infamous for its redlight district and bars, Verdun is one of the very few areas to ban bars within its borders, although restaurants with bars are allowed.