Quebec is the Algonquin word for “where the river narrows” Approaching the city, once you see the river’s day-tour boats and ferries on your left, turning your head to the right reveals a scene from 18th century Quebec – the lower old town. This is Quebec City’s historical center of trade and commerce. Here Samuel de Champlain erected the city’s first wooden building and wood stockade in 1608. The defensive advantages of the promontory and the strategic narrowing of the river were obvious to Champlain who wrote to the king of France, “I searched for a place suitable for our settlement, but I could find none more convenient or better situated than the point of Quebec”. This is where you begin your journey to understand the soul of the French of Quebec.