Books & Guides


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.


Quebec, World Heritage City

128 pages
19,95 $CAD

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.


Quebec, Birthplace of New France

144 pages
19,95 $CAD

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.



In addition to the Mendel Guides series, David Mendel has begun to write books devoted to specific institutions and historic sites. In 2013, to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Seminary of Quebec, he wrote two books: The Seminary of Quebec, a Living Heritage and The Seminary of Quebec, Souvenir Guide. His next book, The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity will be launched in 2015. These books are produced with the same talented team that created the Mendel Guides: photographer Luc-Antoine Couturier, designer André Durocher and publisher Sylvain Harvey.


The Seminary of Quebec, A Living Heritage

160 pages
19,95 $CAD

In 1663, François de Laval founded the Seminary of Quebec, a community of diocesan priests who would help him establish a new Church in North America. For 350 years, inspired by the foresight and vision of their founder, the priests of the Seminary have adapted to changing circumstances, taken on new tasks, and at times faced disasters that threatened the very survival of their institution.

Over the centuries, the Seminary of Quebec has maintained and preserved an exceptional architectural and natural heritage, both in the city and in the countryside. This book presents a visual history of the Seminary, with a special focus on its historic buildings and properties. The legacy of the Seminary of Quebec – its role in the establishment of the Catholic Church, in founding important educational institutions, and in the development of French culture in North America – is nothing less than remarkable.

The Seminary of Quebec – A Living Heritage is available in book stores in Quebec City, and at a number of historic sites and museums. You can also order online.


Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

56 pages

The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, constructed between 1800 and 1804, was the first Anglican Cathedral to be built outside the British Isles. With superb stained glass windows made by British craftsmen, magnificent Communion silver given by King George III, and monuments worthy of Westminster Abbey, it is a quintessentially English church in the heart of French-speaking Quebec.