David Mendel

Historian, Author, Speaker, Guide

Discover the history, art and architecture of Quebec City

David Mendel studied at York University in Toronto and at the University of Paris, before moving to Quebec City in 1976.  After completing a Master’s thesis in art history and undertaking doctoral studies at Laval University, he became co-founder of Mendel Tours (formerly Canadian Cultural Landscapes) in 1984. 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. He is the author of a best-selling series of guide books devoted to Quebec City and its surrounding region: Quebec, World Heritage City (2009); Quebec, Birthplace of New France (2012); The Seminary of Quebec, A Living Heritage (2013); Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (2015); Charlevoix, a Tradition of Hospitality (2018); Le Château Frontenac, in the Heart of Old Quebec (2018).

After 35 successful years in the travel business, David Mendel has retired as president of Mendel Tours to concentrate on the activities that he enjoys most: giving talks and tours in Quebec City, and writing books.

Honors and Awards

  • In 2014, David Mendel was honoured as Tourism Personality of the Year at the annual awards gala of the Quebec City Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
  • In 2015, he was awarded the Medal of the Historical Society of Quebec.
  • In 2016, his book, Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, was awarded the Mise en valeur prize of the Conseil du patrimoine religieux.

He serves on the Board of Directors of:

  • The Foundation of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
  • The Museum of Civilization
  • The Jeffery Hale Foundation
  • Le Pôle culturel des Ursulines