Books & Guides

The Mendel Guides: 4 volumes devoted to the history and the architecture of Quebec City

David Mendel, president of Mendel Tours, is writing a series of guide books devoted to the history and cultural heritage of Quebec City. Published in 2009 by Les Éditions Sylvain Harvey, in collaboration with La Commission de la Capitale Nationale du Québec, the first volume Quebec, World Heritage City, is now on its second printing, with 7000 copies already sold. Reprinted in English in 2010, the French-language version was reprinted in 2012.

Explore the remarkable heritage of Quebec City with this in-depth, guide book, richly illustrated with historic images and superb photographs by Luc-Antoine Couturier. Overall, the book offers a wonderful account of the cultural influences – French, English and American – which have marked the evolution of the city since it was founded in 1608.

These beautifully illustrated volumes are in a practical compact format, including a map to orient readers as they explore the city. The first volume has proven to be of great interest for visitors and residents of Quebec City alike, offering a new and inspiring way to discover the heart of the historic district.

The next volume in the series, Quebec, Birthplace of New France, was launched in May 2012 and highlights Place Royale, Quebec’s Lower Town and the crucial role they played in the development of New France.



Quebec, World Heritage City
This first volume in the series takes you into the heart of the old city, exploring many of the most important sites, institutions and monuments of the upper town, including the Ursuline Convent, founded in 1639, the Seminary, established in 1663, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity – the first Anglican Cathedral built outside the British Isles – and Quebec’s castle on a cliff, the internationally renowned Chateau Frontenac Hotel.

Quebec, World Heritage City is available in book stores in Quebec City, and at a number of historic sites and museums. You can also order online.
COST: 19.95 $CAD


Quebec, Birthplace of New France
In this second volume of the Mendel Guides, we descend the Côte de la Montagne to the lower town to discover a wealth of history, architecture and art. Richly illustrated with historic and contemporary images, the book takes readers into the interiors of significant buildings and provides spectacular views of the city and the St. Lawrence River, often from angles that have never been photographed before. Discover the site of the first habitation of Samuel de Champlain, Place Royale, Notre-Dame des Victoires, the Musée de la Civilisation and the Auberge St-Antoine, a remarkable hotel/museum that is also an important archaeological site.

Quebec, Birthplace of New France. is available in book stores in Quebec City, and at a number of historic sites and museums. You can also order online.
COST: 19.95 $CAD


Co-edited by Les Éditions Sylvain Harvey and La Commission de la Capitale Nationale du Québec.Other Mendel Guides on Quebec City to be published over the next few years will include:
Quebec, the Fortress City
Quebec, Beyond the Walls