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NewPages Guide to
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.

  • Address 1 113, 2215 - 33rd Ave SW
  • Phone (403) 240-1723
  • Specialty Children's

Monkeyshines Children's Books has been a fixture in Calgary's Marda Loop district since 1998, and specializes in offering a wide variety of good quality reads for today's kids, as well as the classics.

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

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  • Address 1 1135 Kensington Rd. NW
  • Phone (403) 283-6655
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Children's, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines Artwork, Greeting Cards/Postcards

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. 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."

An independent bookstore in Calgary's Beltline district.

  • City Title Alberta - Canmore
  • Address 1 100-826 Main St.
  • Phone (403) 678-0908
  • Specialty General Interest, Regional
  • Sidelines Artwork, Gifts

Locally owned and proudly independent. We sell new and used books, local art, and Canadian made gifts.

  • City Title Alberta - Edmonton
  • Address 1 #105, 10310-124 St
  • Phone (780) 452-5372
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Metaphysical/New Age

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! 

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  • Address 1 10702 Jasper Ave
  • Phone (780) 423-3487 or (800) 661-3649
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Regional
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

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.

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.

  • Address 1 10332 Jasper Ave. NW.
  • Phone (780) 423-1434
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • City Title Alberta - Red Deer
  • Address 1 #1 4936 53 Ave.
  • Phone (403) 340-0072
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

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.

  • City Title Alberta - Three Hills
  • Address 1 405 Main St.
  • Phone (403) 443-2689
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

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.

  • City Title British Columbia - Abbotsford
  • Address 1 #5 - 2630 Bourquin Crescent W.
  • Phone (989) 853-7323
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

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!

  • City Title British Columbia - Bowen Island
  • Address 1 992 Dorman Rd # 209
  • Phone (604) 947-2793
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

Your stop for books, toys, gifts, party supplies, cards, and fun!

  • City Title British Columbia - Campbell River
  • Address 1 1066 Shoppers Row
  • Phone (250) 287-2336
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Campbell River's independent bookstore. New books for all ages and interests. Cards, journals and giftware.

  • Address 1 2092 Island Hwy. S. Unit I
  • Phone (250) 923-5121
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Established in 1991. We sell new and used books, gift merchandise, and greeting cards and provide public fax and photocopy services. We also do special orders for new and/or used books too.

  • City Title British Columbia - Chilliwack
  • Address 1 45939 Wellington Ave.
  • Phone (604) 792-4595
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • City Title British Columbia - Comox
  • Address 1 17a-215 Port Augusta St.
  • Phone (250) 792-2798
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

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.

  • City Title British Columbia - Cranbrook
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  • Address 1 16 - 9th Ave. S.
  • Phone (250) 426-3415
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

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.

  • City Title British Columbia - Delta
  • Address 1 123 - 1315 56th St.
  • Phone (604) 943-2293
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards

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.

  • City Title British Columbia - Duncan
  • Address 1 149 Kenneth St.
  • Phone (250) 748-1533
  • Specialty General Interest

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.

  • City Title British Columbia - Fort Langley
  • Address 1 103-9233 Glover Rd.
  • Phone (604) 513-2238
  • Type New books

Wendel's nourishes hungry minds and bodies as an independent bookstore and fresh-food café.

  • City Title British Columbia - Galiano Island
  • Address 1 76 Madrona Dr.
  • Phone (250) 539-3340
  • Specialty General Interest, Regional

Your community-minded, globally-connected bookstore. Growing readers since 1997.

  • City Title British Columbia - Kelowna
  • Address 1 411 Bernard Ave.
  • Phone (250) 763-4418
  • 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.

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.

  • City Title British Columbia - Ladner
  • Address 1 5251 Ladner Trunk Rd
  • Phone (604) 946-6677
  • Specialty General Interest

Our Ladner location of the independent Black Bonds Bookstore family.

  • City Title British Columbia - Maple Ridge
  • Address 1 250 22709 Lougheed Hwy.
  • Phone (604) 463-8624
  • Specialty General Interest
  • City Title British Columbia - Mission
  • Address 1 #344 32555 London Ave.
  • Phone (604) 814-2650
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

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

  • City Title British Columbia - Nanaimo
  • Address 1 Ste 1-1970 Island Diesel Way
  • Phone (250) 758-4287

Strong Nations: We Bring Indigenous Books Into Your Lives

  • City Title British Columbia - Nelson
  • Address 1 398 Baker St.
  • Phone (250) 352-3434
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

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

  • City Title British Columbia - New Westminster
  • Address 1 101-810 Quayside Dr.
  • Phone (604) 616-2653
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

Kinder Books is an independent children’s book store offering quality books for children focusing on cultural diversity and the natural world.

British Columbia - New Westminster

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

  • City Title British Columbia - North Vancouver
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  • Address 1 3185 Edgemont Blvd
  • Phone (604) 980-9032
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

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

  • Address 1 3040 Edgemont Blvd.
  • Phone (604) 986-6190
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Children's

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!

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 - Pender Island
  • Address 1 4-4605 Bedwell Harbour Rd.
  • Phone (250) 629-6944
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Artwork, Gifts

Pender Island's source for new and used books, pottery, gifts, and original fine art.

  • City Title British Columbia - Penticton
  • Address 1 242 Main St.
  • Phone (877) 550-6661
  • Specialty General Interest

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.

  • City Title British Columbia - Port Coquitlam
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  • Address 1 2132-2850 Shaughnessy St
  • Phone (604) 461-5602
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

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.

  • City Title British Columbia - Prince George
  • Address 1 1685 3rd Ave.
  • Phone (250) 563-6637
  • Type New 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.

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!

  • City Title British Columbia - Quesnel
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  • Address 1 371 Reid St.
  • Phone (236) 424-4444
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea

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

  • City Title British Columbia - Richmond
  • Address 1 #130 12031 First Ave
  • Phone (604) 272-6601
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea

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

  • City Title British Columbia - Rossland
  • Address 1 2063 Washington St.
  • Phone (250) 362-5454
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea, Gifts

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.

  • City Title British Columbia - Salmon Arm
  • Address 1 225 1151 10 Ave. SW
  • Phone (250) 832-3948
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

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

  • Address 1 170 Lakeshore Dr.
  • Phone (250) 804-0392
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Metaphysical/New Age
  • Sidelines Curiosities, Gifts

Spirit Quest Books is located in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. We are an independent store providing knowledge, a quiet space, and healing. Our three main products are books, crystals, and giftware, all leaning toward "new age" thinking. For books, we have more width and depth than the "big box" bookstores, and also to provide a venue where customers could explore spirituality and philosophy on a variety of related topics, including meditation.

  • City Title British Columbia - Salt Spring Island
  • Address 1 104 McPhillips Ave.
  • Phone (250) 537-2812
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts

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

  • City Title British Columbia - Sechelt
  • Address 1 5494 Trail Ave.
  • Phone (604) 885-2527
  • Specialty General Interest
  • City Title British Columbia - Sidney
  • Address 1 2436 Beacon Ave.
  • Phone (250) 656-2345
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games

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!

  • City Title British Columbia - St. Albert
  • Address 1 7 Perron St.
  • Phone (780) 459-2525
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

Serving Terrace and area for over 20 years!

  • City Title British Columbia - Tofino
  • Address 1 455 Campbell St.
  • Phone (250) 725-2125
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

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.

  • City Title British Columbia - Trail
  • Address 1 109 8100 Rock Island Hwy.
  • Phone (250) 364-1123
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

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

  • City Title British Columbia - Vancouver
  • Address 1 523 Richards St.
  • Phone (604) 662-3113
  • Specialty General Interest
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  • Address 1 3608 W. 4th Ave.
  • Phone (604) 732-7912
  • Specialty Metaphysical/New Age
  • Sidelines Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers

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.

  • Address 1 4340 Main St.
  • Phone (604) 222-8787
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Address 1 2176 W. 41 Ave.
  • Phone (604) 263-9412
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

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!

  • Address 1 2557 W. Broadway
  • Phone (604) 738-5335
  • Specialty Children's

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.

  • Address 1 455 W Pender St.
  • Phone (604) 681-7654
  • Specialty General Interest

Used and rare books bought, sold, and appraised.

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  • Address 1 229 E. Georgia St.
  • Phone (604) 721-4405
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Sidelines Artwork

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.

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).

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.

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.

  • Address 1 1387 Railspur Alley, Granville Island
  • Phone (604) 558-1124
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • City Title British Columbia - Victoria
  • Address 1 14 Bastion Square
  • Phone (250) 385-8786
  • Specialty General Interest

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.

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  • Address 1 111-1644 Hillside Ave.
  • Phone (250) 595-4232
  • Specialty General Interest

Victoria's community bookstore for over 40 years!

  • Address 1 2620 Quadra St.
  • Phone (250) 381-0585
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts

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.

  • Address 1 2188 Oak Bay Ave.
  • Phone (250) 598-2713
  • Specialty General Interest

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.

  • Address 1 100-747 Fort St.
  • Phone (250) 361-4447
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest

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 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
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Regional
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards

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.

  • City Title British Columbia - Williams Lake
  • Address 1 247 Oliver St.
  • Phone (250) 392-2665
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

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!

  • City Title Manitoba - Onanole
  • Address 1 322 Hwy. 10
  • Phone (204) 848-0336
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Magazines/Newspapers

A fine selection of used books and vinyl. Art by Manitoba artists, global crafts, and home decor. Really good coffee, delicious desserts, and light lunches.

McNally Robinson Booksellers is a large, prairie-owned independent bookstore that hosts hundreds of author events every year.

  • City Title Manitoba - Winnipeg
  • Address 1 424 Graham Ave.
  • Phone (204) 947-5931

Eclectic selection of 25,000 hand-selected antiquarian and secondhand books, well-organized by our friendly staff.

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.


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