David Mendel studied at York University in Toronto, and at the University of Paris La Sorbonne, before moving to Quebec City in 1976. After completing a master thesis in art history and undertaking doctoral studies at Laval University, he became co-founder of Mendel Tours (formerly Canadian Cultural Landscapes) in 1984.
Today he is president of this company, which organizes cultural journeys across Canada for museum groups and alumni organizations. He is often called upon to give talks about the history of Quebec at international conferences and has given numerous tours of the city for visiting dignitaries.
A resident of Quebec’s historic district since 1976, he is very involved in preservation issues. He is President of the Foundation of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity - the first Anglican Cathedral to have been built outside the British Isles – and a member of the Consulting Committee for Religious Architecture of the City of Quebec.
David is the author of a best-selling series of guide books devoted to Quebec City and its surrounding region. The first volume, Quebec, World Heritage City, was published in 2009. The second volume, Quebec, Birthplace of New France, was launched on May 2012.
BARRY LANE (Vice-President)
Barry Lane was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and studied history at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. He later served as a Captain in the United Nations Emergency Force, Sinai, at its headquarters on the Suez Canal in Egypt.
After working in historical interpretation with Parks Canada, Barry became co-founder and Vice-President of Mendel Tours in 1984. Barry’s special interests are British colonial and maritime history. He has lectured extensively to cruise ship passengers sailing along the St. Lawrence, in the Canadian Maritimes, along the American Atlantic coast and in the Caribbean.
In Paris, in 1991, he was awarded the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry prize for his book, "Ce jour-là en Nouvelle-France". This award is given to the author of the best children’s book published in the French language, outside of France.
He is presently working on a book dedicated to the golden age of travel from 1880 to 1939. Among many other captivating topics, this book will retrace the story of Canadian Pacific Railway, which became, during this period, the largest transportation company in the world. Together with this project, Barry continues to help visitors discover the wonders of Western Canada and Quebec City.
Guides and Naturalists
Over many years we have built up a highly qualified team of guides and naturalists. Many are retired professionals who are experts in their fields.