Historically, the Vassé Canal was dug from nearby Lake Annecy to supply water for the moat around the Medieval town. Today, it flows a short distance from the lake and takes a turn into this inlet where row boats are docked. On the left is the tree-lined Promenade Jacquet. In the middle are Quai Jules Philippe and the Hôtel de Ville. On the right is Quai Eustache Chappuis. This is a main artery for cars coming into the Old Town district.