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NewPages Guide to
Indie Bookstores in Canada

The best list of independent Canadian bookstores

 

  • City Title Alberta - Calgary
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  • Address 1 1135 Kensington Rd. NW
  • Phone (403) 283-6655
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Children's, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines Artwork, Greeting Cards/Postcards
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
Located in the heart of the Kensington Village shopping and entertainment district, Pages is Calgary's literary meeting place. We offer over 10,000 titles in stock and, through our special order service, we can access most North American titles in print. Our booksellers are all avid readers - they can help you track down that volume you need, suggest a book for your child's birthday present, suggest titles for your book club, or simply get you a great book to read on a quiet Sunday afternoon. Our reading series goes year-round, offering the latest Calgary writers, as well as those from across Canada and around the world. Check out our upcoming events calendar to keep on top of what's happening "upstairs at the bookstore."
  • City Title Alberta - Calgary
  • Address 1 100, 1302 - 4th St. SW
  • Phone (403) 265-1033
  • Type New books
  • City Title Alberta - Canmore
  • Address 1 100-826 Main St.
  • Phone (403) 678-0908
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Regional
Locally owned and proudly independent. We sell new and used books, local art, and Canadian made gifts.
  • City Title Alberta - Edmonton
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  • Address 1 10702 Jasper Ave
  • Phone (780) 423-3487 or (800) 661-3649
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Regional
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
Established 1975, we are the sole remaining full-service independent bookstore in our city. We offer a special order service and out-of-print search service. Our longevity is thanks to our excellent staff. Our strength is in children's books, toys, games, puzzles and other gift items, but we maintain a good general interest adult assortment as well. We support professional conferences, conventions and meetings with custom book displays. Audrey's sales to schools and libraries in the area is growing steadily, in part as a result of our excellent School Book Fair assortments.
Wendel's nourishes hungry minds and bodies as an independent bookstore and fresh-food café.
Your community-minded, globally-connected bookstore. Growing readers since 1997.
  • City Title British Columbia - Kelowna
  • Address 1 411 Bernard Ave.
  • Phone (250) 763-4418
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
Mosaic Books is the Okanagan Valley's largest independent bookstore. We pride ourselves on not only our great customer service, but also the huge selection of titles we carry in stock. Order online at our website.
  • City Title British Columbia - Maple Ridge
  • Address 1 141-11900 Haney Pl.
  • Phone (604) 463-8624
  • Type New books
  • City Title British Columbia - Mission
  • Address 1 344-32555 London Ave.
  • Phone (604) 814-2650
  • Type New books
  • City Title British Columbia - New Westminster
  • Address 1 102-610 Sixth St.
  • Phone (604) 528-6226
  • Type New books
  • City Title British Columbia - North Vancouver
  • Address 1 3040 Edgemont Blvd.
  • Phone (604) 986-6190
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Children's
  • City Title British Columbia - Parksville
  • Address 1 1254 Fair Rd.
  • Phone (250) 248-5484
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Metaphysical/New Age, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Buckshot Books has been in business carrying used books, new books and gifts since November 1995. Although most of our book selection consists of gently used books, we do have two small new book sections. In our used books, you’ll find a great selection of cookbooks, self-help, health, travel, sports, business, humor, and many more both fiction and nonfiction genres in great condition. Can’t seem to find the book you’re looking for? Let Carol know and she’ll put you on the list for next time it comes in.
We are a full service independent bookstore in two locations, Parksville and Qualicum Beach. We offer a wide selection of books, excellent customer service, special orders, tickets to local events, instore author events and much more!
And yes, we love books!
  • City Title British Columbia - Penticton
  • Address 1 242 Main St.
  • Phone (877) 550-6661
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
Books & Company, ArtSpace and Café Voltaire  A refuge for book lovers, coffee consumers, music fans, and people who just want a nice place to spend an hour, or two, or three.
  • City Title British Columbia - Surrey
  • Address 1 234 Central City Mall
  • Phone (604) 583-1282
  • Type New books
  • City Title British Columbia - Surrey
  • Address 1 1-15562-24th Ave.
  • Phone (604) 536-4444
  • Type New books
  • City Title British Columbia - Terrace
  • Address 1 103-4710 Lazelle Ave.
  • Phone (250) 635-4428
  • Type New books
Serving Terrace and area for over 20 years!
  • City Title British Columbia - Vancouver
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  • Address 1

    3608 W 4th Ave

  • Phone (604) 732-7912
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty Metaphysical/New Age
  • Sidelines Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
  • Events Author Signings, Readings

Since 1970, Banyen has been Canada's most comprehensive spiritual and healing bookstore. In addition to over 22,000 books, we carry audio, video, Tarot and oracles, altar and meditation supplies, yoga tools, crystals, incense & smudges, natural fibre clothing and textiles, and much more. We sponsor lots of events, too.

  • City Title British Columbia - Vancouver
  • Address 1 1740 W. 2nd Ave.
  • Phone (604) 688-6755
  • Type New books
  • City Title British Columbia - Vancouver
  • Address 1 3083 W. Broadway
  • Phone (604) 738-5335
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Children's
  • City Title British Columbia - Vancouver
  • Address 1 1391 Commercial Dr.
  • Phone (604) 253-6442
  • Type New books
Started in 1945, the People's Co-op Bookstore is a great little bookstore with an amazing selection of kids books, fiction, and current events.
  • City Title British Columbia - Victoria
  • Address 1 111-1644 Hillside Ave.
  • Phone (250) 595-4232
  • Type New books

Munro’s Books has been described by noted columnist and author Allan Fotheringham as "the most magnificent bookstore in Canada, possibly in North America." We offer a wide range of books from Canada, the U.S., and Britain, including an extensive selection of children’s titles. Browse our shelves online or in person. We think you’ll like what you find.

Sorensen Books sells new, used, and rare books as well as old photos, postcards, and ephemera. An open to the public shop with a strong focus on history and art. Located at 1027 Cook street just off of Fort Street.
  • City Title British Columbia - Whistler
  • Address 1 4205 Village Square
  • Phone (604) 932-5557 or (800) 659-1531
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Regional
Welcome to Armchair Books, if you're planning a trip to Whistler, then our friendly bookstore in the mountains is your source for all the regional guides, maps and nature books for your recreational adventure, plus the latest fiction, cookbooks, current affairs, greeting cards, and more.
  • City Title British Columbia - White Rock
  • Address 1 134-1711 152nd St.
  • Phone (604) 536-3336
  • Type New books
Our remarkable little metaphysical store opened in May, 1989. We offer books that support healthy lifestyles and spiritual living and contentment of the Soul. With the introduction of our new global shopping experience online, you will find a wide range of books, gifts, music, and spiritual & metaphysical tools that reflect our same in-store commitment of personal growth and connection to spirit
  • City Title Manitoba - Saskatoon
  • Address 1 3130 8th St. E
  • Phone (306) 955-3599 or (877) 506-7456
  • Type New books
McNally Robinson is an independent bookseller: family-oriented, committed to the values of community bookselling, and determined to present an alternative to corporate-chain bookstores. Our focus is on Canada, and we work closely with authors and publishers to reach Canadians with their own stories.
  • City Title Nova Scotia - Halifax
  • Address 1 6350 Coburg Rd.
  • Phone (902) 422-1271
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
One of the only campus bookstores in the world which is owned and operated by students! We have fiction, politics, history, philosophy, classics, religion, graphic novels, food/drink and reference books. Jonesin' for King's merch? We have that too!
As a general trade bookstore, the Box of Delights carries a wide range of genres with a special focus on children's books and local interest, as well as providing a wide selection of book-themed clothing, stationery, and calendars. Come on in to find out what's new in the shop, what's going on around town, or just to have a chat about the book world. You're always welcome!
  • City Title Ontario - Alliston
  • Address 1 106 Victoria St. W.
  • Phone (705) 435-1517
  • Type New books
  • City Title Ontario - Bolton
  • Address 1 266 Queen St. South, Unit 2
  • Phone (905) 951-1501
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
Forster's Book Garden is an independent bookstore serving the Bolton/Caledon area since 1998. We carry books of interest to all age levels, from blockbusters to more obscure literary titles. With over 15,000 titles in stock, every member of the family will find something for each. For adults, there is fiction, biographies, science and history. For children, there are picture books, novels, graphic novels and curriculum materials. We have unique giftware, games and puzzles and are always willing to talk books. Special orders are welcome. We also rent the most current and popular videos. Come in for a quiet browse.

Knowledge Bookstore is an independent Afrocentric bookstore located in Brampton Ontario that sells African Canadian, African American, Caribbean and children's books. We also offer Black dolls, greeting cards, DVDs, beauty products, and gift items not readily available in mainstream stores. Knowledge Bookstore is a community space as well as the go to source for parents, writers, poets, artists, and the Black community.

Our friendly, knowledgeable staff are just waiting to help you find your next favourite author. We have thousands of book in stock, but we love to special order if we do not have the one you would like. Check out our website or facebook page for upcoming events. Or join our email newsletter to keep up on book and event news.
  • City Title Ontario - Guelph
  • Address 1 41 Quebec St.
  • Phone (519) 821-3311
  • Type New books
We are an independent bookstore, cinema, restaurant, and bar in Guelph, Ontario.
  • City Title Ontario - Hamilton
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  • Address 1 1060 King St. W
  • Phone (905) 528-4508 or (800) 867-0090
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Children's, Literary, Mystery
  • Events Readings

Hamilton's independent bookstore since 1989. Knowledgeable staff, personal service, community engagement. All the books in our store are handpicked to ensure quality, selection and variety.

  • City Title Ontario - London
  • Address 1 240 Dundas St.
  • Phone (519) 432-7277
  • Type Used books

City Lights Bookshop is located in the heart of Downtown London, Ontario. We’ve been serving the fine people of the city since 1975. We specialize in a wide range of used books, vinyl, movies, & music. We carry all manner of cultural detritus such as turn of the century sheet music, retro & modern adult magazines, postcards, antique books, memorabilia from various decades, and much more. We are a living collage, crossed with a circus that was frightened by a Dadaist.

A General Bookstore founded in 1948 with Greeting Cards , Topgraphical Maps, Nautical Charts and Office and Home Stationery
  • City Title Ontario - London
  • Address 1 University Community Ctr.
  • Phone (519) 661-3520
  • Type New books
Here at Chat Noir Books we strive to be more than just a “top 10” store. We are readers and book lovers. We carry a varied selection of fiction and nonfiction, as well as a small selection of books in french. We have over 8,500 titles in stock everyday, and we also carry a selection of local and regional books and provide a special order service.
  • City Title Ontario - Niagra Falls
  • Address 1 4400 Queen St. Unit 2
  • Phone 289-969-7890
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea
  • Events Author Signings, Readings

Located in the heart of the beautifully revitalized downtown Niagra Falls, R&B Novel-Teas is a truly unique experience you won't want to miss. Come in and browse our shelves while sipping a cup of tea. Sit at our café and enjoy a tea while you read your favourite book, or enjoy the peaceful Library atmosphere of “The Novel Place,” a room filled with books just waiting to be read.

Allison the Bookman’s mission is "To provide a pleasant, rewarding experience in a family friendly atmosphere wherein our vast selections of books are the keys that open the doors of imagination, knowledge, and understanding to all who enter."
BookLore is for people who take life literally! We're proud to be a Canadian independent bookstore located in Orangeville, Ontario.
The Agora Bookstore was established in 1999 and is owned by the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa. We are a student-owned, independent organization dedicated to meeting the needs of the University of Ottawa community at the best affordable price for our customers.

Ottawa's newest bookstore, specializing in academic nonfiction. Buy and sell used books of merit.

Ottawa's radical bookstore since 1969.
  • City Title Ontario - Ottawa
  • Address 1 251 Bank St.
  • Phone (613) 688-0752
  • Type New books
The Book Keeper is a fabulous indie bookstore centrally located in Sarnia's Northgate Plaza.
  • City Title Ontario - Thunder Bay
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  • Address 1 65 S. Court St.
  • Phone (807) 344-7979
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Alternative/Political, Feminist
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
  • Events Author Signings, Readings

The Northern Woman's Bookstore is a feminist-run bookstore in Thunder Bay, Ontario, comprised of excellent literature, good company, and first-rate service. The books we carry include woman-centered, First Nations and Metis, local writers, and those addressing social, economic, and political justice. Book launches, music events, book clubs, writer's circles, art installations, and workshops are hosted regularly by the Northern Woman's Bookstore.

Bakka first opened its doors in 1972. The name, Bakka, was taken from Frank Herbert's DUNE, and means "the weeper who mourns for all mankind." Since then, the store has changed owners, locations, and even its name (slightly). But what hasn't changed is our knowledge of, commitment to, and sheer darned enjoyment of science fiction and fantasy. We host tons of author appearances, readings, panels, and offsite events of all kinds. We're Canada's oldest SF&F bookstore, and we're proud to be part of the greater community.

Book City is privileged to serve the neighbourhoods of Toronto. With our attentive staff, 10% discount on all hardcover titles, a great selection of imported bargain books, and the best Loyalty Card in the business, we hope to stay your neighbourdhood bookstore for many generations to come.
Book City is privileged to serve the neighbourhoods of Toronto. With our attentive staff, 10% discount on all hardcover titles, a great selection of imported bargain books, and the best Loyalty Card in the business, we hope to stay your neighbourdhood bookstore for many generations to come.
Book City is privileged to serve the neighbourhoods of Toronto. With our attentive staff, 10% discount on all hardcover titles, a great selection of imported bargain books, and the best Loyalty Card in the business, we hope to stay your neighbourdhood bookstore for many generations to come.
Glad Day Bookshop is the first Canadian and the longest surviving lesbian and gay bookstore worldwide. Serving the queer community since 1970, we specialize in offering the widest possible selection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans literature, both in and out of print, as well as DVD, magazines, and novelties.
  • City Title Ontario - Toronto
  • Address 1 267 Augusta Ave.
  • Phone (416) 593-4663
  • Type New books
Mabel's Fables is the little bookstore for BIG readers. Since 1988 we have been bringing our readers and great books togetherbecause we're big readers too!
  • City Title Ontario - Toronto
  • Address 1 907 Millwood Rd.
  • Phone (416) 483-3111
  • Type New books
Old and unusual books and curiosities.
Type Books sells great books of all kinds in two very different Toronto neighborhoods. A space for selling books and one for celebrating with authors and readers, Type hosts regular in-store events, including book launches, storytime for pre-schoolers, and two not-for-profit reading-enjoyment programs for school groups: Word-Play and Write-On!.
Type Books sells great books of all kinds in two very different Toronto neighborhoods. A space for selling books and one for celebrating with authors and readers, Type hosts regular in-store events, including book launches, storytime for pre-schoolers, and two not-for-profit reading-enjoyment programs for school groups: Word-Play and Write-On!.
  • City Title Ontario - Toronto
  • Address 1 25 Baldwin St.
  • Phone (416) 323-3131 or (800) 329-0757
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Metaphysical/New Age
Established in 1990 on Harbord Street, WonderWorks offers an eclectic, yet inter-related collection of books, CDs, natural remedies, crystals, jewelry, icons, herbs, incense, candles, journals, tarot and oracle decks, and other creative spiritual tools and gifts that support healing, personal growth, and well-being.
An independent bookstore is the heart and soul of a community. Blue Heron Books has been proudly serving the community of Uxbridge since 1989.
Your local independent bookstore since 1984. Located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
  • City Title Quebec - Montréal
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  • Address 1 1915 Ste Catherine W.
  • Phone (514) 931-3442
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Alternative/Political, Feminist, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea, Curiosities, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
Established in 1966, Argo Bookshop is Montreal's oldest independent Anglophone retail bookstore. With only 200 square feet to stock 6000 titles, the Argo takes great care in keeping a choice selection with a mandate of quality over quantity. Its specializations include literature and philosophy with authors from around the world. This shop also hosts a monthly Open Mic series and Featured Reader series, giving both established and emerging authors from Montreal and beyond a place to present their work. Vive les livres!
Librairie D+Q, 211 Bernard Ouest, Montreal. Publisher of the world's best comics; proprietor of the world's best books.
With thousands of books to inspire all cooks, we are Montreal's ultimate destination for cookbooks, cooking classes, and author events!
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