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Indie Bookstores in Canada

The best list of independent Canadian bookstores

We are a family-owned business in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with two well-organized and clean locations in the city.

Fair’s Fair is a family owned business in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We have two well-organized and clean locations in the city.

The Next Page
  • The Next Page
  • 1217A 9 Ave. SE
  • City: Calgary
  • Suburb of: Inglewood
  • Phone: (403) 452-6550
  • Type: New books, Used books, Rare books
  • Specialty: Alternative/Political, Children's, Feminist, Literary, Science Fiction/Fantasy
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Owl's Nest Books

Owl’s Nest Books is Calgary’s oldest independent book store. We’ve been recommending books to Calgary readers for 40 years.

Pages on Kensington
  • Pages on Kensington
  • 1135 Kensington Rd. NW
  • City: Calgary
  • Phone: (403) 283-6655
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Art, Children's, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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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 a volume, suggest a book for a gift, suggest titles for your book club, or simply get you a great read on a quiet Sunday afternoon.

Shelf Life Books
  • Shelf Life Books
  • 100, 1302 - 4th St. SW
  • City: Calgary
  • Phone: (403) 265-1033
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Art, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines: Curiosities, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines, Stationery, Toys/Games
  • Events: Book Clubs, Readings
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Shelf Life Books is an independent bookstore specializing in high quality literature, Canadian authors, small presses, children’s books, and diverse voices across all genres. It is locally owned, dog friendly, and open 7 days a week.

  • Café Books
  • 100-826 Main St.
  • City: Canmore
  • Phone: (403) 678-0908
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Regional
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Gifts
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Locally owned and proudly independent. We sell new and used books, local art, and Canadian made gifts.

Ascendant Books opened its doors in 1983 and has evolved into one of Western Canada’s largest metaphysical supply stores. Books, crystals, and much more! 

Audreys Books
  • Audreys Books
  • 10702 Jasper Ave
  • City: Edmonton
  • Phone: (780) 423-3487 or (800) 661-3649
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Crime/Mystery, Regional
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Newspapers
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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.

We started with Alberta’s 1st bookshop on wheels. Now we have a beautiful bookstore in High Street! Offering new & previously owned books in a bright, fresh space, Daisy Chain Book Co. is dedicated to creating a community of readers of all ages.

Glass Bookshop

Glass Bookshop is a new space in Edmonton, Alberta, that focuses on Canadian writing with special attention paid to LGBTQ2SIA and IBPOC writers, as well as the independent publishers who help to produce their work.

We buy, sell, and trade the finest books, movies, and music. Open every day with two convenient locations in Edmonton.

Lethbridge’s independent community bookstore, offering new books, stationary, and gifts for book lovers.

Used bookstore and cat adoption centre.

Our charming store stocks a great variety for all ages.

Family owned/operated and serving Central Alberta since 1997. Located just west of downtown Red Deer with over 40,000 titles in 4,000+ sq ft.

  • Three Hills Books
  • 405 Main St.
  • City: Three Hills
  • Phone: (403) 443-2689
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Newspapers
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We carry a large selection of new books including children’s, cooking, crafts, popular fiction, and christian. We also have a great selection of used and out of print books of local interest. We have a HUGE selection of toys including Melissa & Doug, Schylling, Schleich, Folkmanis, Outset Media,Playmobil, and more.