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Independent Bookstores in British Columbia

NewPages.com guide to the best British Columbia indie bookstores

Independent bookstores in British Columbia are sorted by City as you scroll through. If your favorite indie bookstore is missing, please contact us.

  • Nuthatch Books
  • 1 -104 Birch Ave.
  • City: 100 Mile House
  • Phone: (250) 395-3195
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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  • The Book Man
  • #5 - 2630 Bourquin Crescent W.
  • City: Abbotsford
  • Phone: (989) 853-7323
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Are you in a book club? We have hundreds of new and used current book club favorites. Save more money and bring in good recent titles for trade. Big Box stores can’t match that!

  • Phoenix on Bowen
  • 992 Dorman Rd # 209
  • City: Bowen Island
  • Phone: (604) 947-2793
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: Children's
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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Your stop for books, toys, gifts, party supplies, cards, and fun!

  • Coho Books
  • 2092-I S. Island Hwy.
  • City: Campbell River
  • Phone: (250) 923-5121
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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Campbell River’s independent bookstore. New books for all ages and interests. Cards, journals and giftware.

  • Books4Brains
  • 17a-215 Port Augusta St.
  • City: Comox
  • Phone: (250) 792-2798
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: Children's
  • Sidelines: Toys/Games
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Independent Children’s Bookstore in Comox, BC. Family curated books for children to young adults.

Welcome to our locally owned and operated independent bookstore. Pulling together charm from the past, choices from the present and knowledge of books to come, Laughing Oyster Bookshop provides a pleasant and stimulating shopping experience. Whether you want a light read or a challenge, a cookbook or a children’s story, you will be delighted by our extensive selection.

Huckleberry Books
  • Huckleberry Books
  • 16 - 9th Ave. S.
  • City: Cranbrook
  • Phone: (250) 426-3415
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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Your community bookstore! Books, cards, gifts, maps, tickets, and works by local artists and artisans: we have something for everyone! Online sales and special orders welcome.

Funky cool shop with the best coffee in Creston!

Locally owned bookstore with a wide selection of books and gifts. We do special orders at no extra charge! Come in and see our friendly staff.

  • Abraxas Books
  • 1071 Northwest Rd.
  • City: Denman Island
  • Phone: (250) 335-2731
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Volume One opened its doors in 1972 and has been a focal point of downtown Duncan ever since. Now under the ownership of Sonia Ottosen, our bookstore continues to offer a wide selection of new and bargain books as well as an extensive children’s section. We love to unite the right book with the right person so feel free to ask our knowledgeable staff for assistance.

Polar Peek Books and Treasures, Fernie’s independent book store has been a part of Fernie since 1993. You will find a unique selection of books, gifts, award-winning toys, guide books & maps, stationary and special treasures. We welcome special order requests. Phone, email, or visit our website to place your special order.

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.

Buying and selling books and records in Gibsons, BC.

A super quirky, creaky, eclectic bookstore with books you’d never imagine you’d find. We’ve got a sweet cafe nestled amongst our thousands of books so you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

  • Mosaic Books
  • 411 Bernard Ave.
  • City: Kelowna
  • Phone: (250) 763-4418
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
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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.

A children’s bookstore at 2795 Tutt Street, across from Raymer Elementary. We want to serve our community through our love of kid lit! We carry toys, games, puzzles, and art kits, and are happy to make recommendations to help you find that perfect gift.

Our Ladner location of the independent Black Bonds Bookstore family.

  • Salamander Books
  • 535 First Ave.
  • City: Ladysmith
  • Phone: (250) 245-4726
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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Salamander Books is an independent bookstore located in Ladysmith that has new and used books, CD’s, and art cards.

Coyote Indie Books is a locally and independently owned bookstore in Lake Country BC.

Welcome to Totally BOOK-ish, where your next book adventure begins! Find the latest goodreads books, bestsellers, new releases, classics, and kids books.

Strong Nations: We Bring Indigenous Books Into Your Lives

A locally owned independent bookstore, we feature a great selection of local interest as well as the best books from around the globe.

  • Kinder Books
  • 101-810 Quayside Dr.
  • City: New Westminster
  • Phone: (604) 616-2653
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: Children's
  • Sidelines: Toys/Games
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Kinder Books is an independent children’s book store offering quality books for children focusing on cultural diversity and the natural world.

Our Mission is to provide quality used books to book lovers, casual readers, and collectors in New Westminster and the surrounding area.

32 Books & Gallery

We read the books we sell! We also have a great selection of greeting cards, art, jewellery, gifts, journals, games, and puzzles.

  • Kidsbooks
  • 3040 Edgemont Blvd.
  • City: North Vancouver
  • Phone: (604) 986-6190
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: Children's
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Come visit us at Edgemont for the best books, games, and more for the child or teen in your world. Our entire Kidsbook team is eager to help you find the perfect book for any occasion!

  • Fireside Books
  • 114 Middleton Ave.
  • City: Parksville
  • Phone: (250) 248-1234
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Toys/Games
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Fireside Books has over 100,000 used and new books in-store. We carry Cobble Hill Puzzles, games, and gifts. Open seven days a week.

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!

  • Talisman Books & Gallery
  • 4-4605 Bedwell Harbour Rd.
  • City: Pender Island
  • Phone: (250) 629-6944
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Gifts
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Pender Island’s source for new and used books, pottery, gifts, and original fine art.

  • The Book Shop
  • 242 Main St.
  • City: Penticton
  • Phone: (877) 550-6661
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Located in British Columbia’s beautiful Okanagan Valley, The Book Shop is one of Canada’s largest used book stores. Over 5,000 square feet of floor space provides for the display of thousands of new, used and out-of-print books covering almost every subject imaginable.

  • Tomes & Tales Used Books
  • 103 - 19141 Ford Rd.
  • City: Pitt Meadows
  • Phone: (604) 459-5000
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Coffee/Tea
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Used/new books and tea shop.

Western Sky Books

Western Sky Books sells a wide and eclectic range of used and new books and is an exciting and celebratory literary hub in the Tri-Cities.

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.

  • Eddie's News
  • 611 2nd Ave. W.
  • City: Prince Rupert
  • Phone: (250) 624-4134
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts
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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!

Books & Company

Books & Company and Granville’s Coffee, both under one roof!

New, used, and kids books, espresso, coffee, and tea, located in Historic Steveston Village – A Novel Bookstore!

  • Gold Rush Bookstore
  • 2063 Washington St.
  • City: Rossland
  • Phone: (250) 362-5454
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Coffee/Tea, Gifts
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Inspired by the Rossland Gold Rush of 1890, this establishment is a Golden Nugget of a bookstore with a Mine of Unique Gifts & DAVIDsTEA by the cup.

Welcome to Bookingham Palace Bookstore, here for all your book needs!

Books for everyone. We carry thousands of magazines, art supplies, stationary, gifts and much more!

  • Tanner's Books
  • 2436 Beacon Ave.
  • City: Sidney
  • Phone: (250) 656-2345
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
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Tanner’s Books is a bookstore and more! It has grown into a large full-service bookstore with new releases, bestsellers, and new books in over 50 fiction and nonfiction categories. Come in and browse the largest newsstand on Vancouver Island – over 2000 magazines and 40 newspapers from Canada, The United States, and Great Britain. Enter the Travel and Nautical Room with over 500 maps and nautical charts, along with travel, and nautical reference and writing books. And don’t miss the games puzzles, calendars, souvenirs, greeting cards, and more!

  • Mountain Eagle Books
  • 3775 3rd Ave.
  • City: Smithers
  • Phone: (250) 847-5245
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Coffee/Tea
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We are a used bookstore and cappuccino bar. Lose yourself in the stacks while searching for a good book waiting to be found. Sit and enjoy some of our delicious home brewed chai, heavenly pastries, and hearty vegan soups all made in-house. Disappear in a good book or enjoy some lively conversation.

Serving Terrace and area for over 20 years!

Mermaid Tales is a unique bookstore at the end of the road in Tofino, B.C. We offer a wide selection of outstanding books that have been thoughtfully selected. We also have great kids toys both educational and always fun, as well as a wonderful selection of kites to suit anyone from beginner to advanced.

Find amazing deals, superior customer service and competitive prices at the West Kootenays’ premier independent bookstore.

  • Albion Books
  • 523 Richards St.
  • City: Vancouver
  • Phone: (604) 662-3113
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Banyen Books & Sound
  • Banyen Books & Sound
  • 3608 W. 4th Ave.
  • City: Vancouver
  • Phone: (604) 732-7912
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: Metaphysical/New Age
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
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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 and smudges, natural fibre clothing and textiles, and much more. We sponsor lots of events, too.

Book Warehouse is a local, independent discount bookstore which is now part of the Black Bond Books family.

Opened on May 2, 2014, the Book Warehouse on Main St. is part of the Black Bond Books & Book Warehouse family. Your local, independent bookstore.

  • Carson Books
  • 4340 Main St.
  • City: Vancouver
  • Phone: (604) 222-8787
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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  • Hager Books
  • 2176 W. 41 Ave.
  • City: Vancouver
  • Phone: (604) 263-9412
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's
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Beautiful books & gifts for children and discerning adults.

Independent bookstore selling used, new, and remaindered books. Find our booktruck roaming to various events around the lower mainland, or visit our immobile shop at 2671 E Hastings St!

Over twenty years ago, kidsbooks started as a small idea and has grown over the past decades to be a thriving, exciting environment for children and adults who love reading and great books.

  • MacLeod's Books
  • 455 W Pender St.
  • City: Vancouver
  • Phone: (604) 681-7654
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Used and rare books bought, sold, and appraised.

Massy Books
  • Massy Books
  • 229 E. Georgia St.
  • City: Vancouver
  • Phone: (604) 721-4405
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Sidelines: Artwork
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Massy Books specializes in buying and selling books in a wide range of genres. We carry a wonderful inventory of unique and hard to find books.

Odin Books is an independently-owned, specialty bookstore. We provide mental health, education, autism, special needs, FASD, and psychology-based resources to professionals, parents, and those interested in these topics.

Or Bookstore, formerly Motto Vancouver, specializes in artists’ publishing. We carry a range of books and printed matter including editions, artists’ books, monographs, local publishing, criticism and theory, and journals and magazines.

The Paper Hound Bookshop

A new addition to Vancouver’s Book Row, The Paper Hound stocks new and used books of all kinds (but only the ones made of paper).

The People's Co-op Bookstore

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.

Vancouver’s legendary independent bookstore. Established June 2000.

  • Pulpfiction Books East
  • 1830 Commercial Dr
  • City: Vancouver
  • Phone: (604) 241-4311
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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  • Pulpfiction Books West
  • 2754 W Broadway
  • City: Vancouver
  • Phone: (604) 873-4311
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Award-winning bookstore inside The Libby Leshgold Gallery.

Since 1973, Spartacus Books is a nonprofit, volunteer-run bookstore and resource centre. The store has been run collectively for over 40 years.

Tanglewood Books is a quality used bookstore located on Broadway and Vine. We buy and sell used books as well as trade them.

  • Upstart & Crow
  • 1387 Railspur Alley, Granville Island
  • City: Vancouver
  • Phone: (604) 558-1124
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Located in historic Bastion Square, tucked down Commercial Alley, Bastion Books is proud to be one of Victoria’s few remaining used bookstores. We stock both vintage and contemporary books, across a wide variety of genres.

Bolen Books

Victoria’s community bookstore for over 40 years!

Camas Books & Infoshop is a community run, all volunteer bookstore with new and used books on a variety of subjects, both fiction and nonfiction. We also carry zines, patches, stickers, and a range of t-shirts and other artisan-produced items.

  • Ivy's Bookshop
  • 2188 Oak Bay Ave.
  • City: Victoria
  • Phone: (250) 598-2713
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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James Bay Coffee and Books is a funky independent cafe offering used books vinyl & CDs, live music and an open stage, vintage collectibles, and community.

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.

Russell Books offers Canada’s largest selection of new and used books: 13,000 sq.ft filled with everything from vintage to today’s best sellers! 

Sorensen Books

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.

  • Armchair Books
  • 4205 Village Square
  • City: Whistler
  • Phone: (604) 932-5557
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: Regional
  • Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards
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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.

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 and metaphysical tools that reflect our same in-store commitment of personal growth and connection to spirit.

  • The Open Book
  • 247 Oliver St.
  • City: Williams Lake
  • Phone: (250) 392-2665
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Toys/Games
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Located in the heart of Downtown Williams Lake, The Open Book has been family owned and operated since 1983. Over 16,000 titles in stock!