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NewPages Guide to
Indie Bookstores in Canada

The best list of independent Canadian bookstores


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.

McNally Robinson is an independent, local, and eventful bookstore committed to the values of community bookselling.

  • Address 1 92 Arthur St.
  • Phone (204) 943-9788
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

Something for everyone. A huge selection of used books, videos, vinyl, music, and games. Probably the cheapest prices of new and collectors comics in town.

Open for business since 1994, WHODUNIT was bought in 2007 by loyal customers Jack and Wendy Bumsted. WHODUNIT is Winnipeg's specialty mystery bookstore, offering a full range of crime fiction, with UK and Canadian authors prominently featured.

Our charming store stocks a great variety for all ages.

  • City Title New Brunswick - Fredericton
  • Address 1 88 York St.
  • Phone (506) 454-1442
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

Located in beautiful downtown Fredericton New Brunswick, we have been selling books for over 35 years. Indies do it better.

  • City Title New Brunswick - Riverview
  • Address 1 630 Pinewood Rd
  • Phone (506) 856-6835
  • Specialty General Interest

Cover To Cover Books is located in Findlay Place in Riverview, New Brunswick. We carry previously enjoyed books, mostly mass-market fiction, general interest nonfiction, and biographies. We also carry a limited amount of new books, including special orders.

  • City Title New Brunswick - Sackville
  • Address 1 13 Bridge St.
  • Phone (506) 536-0404
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

Tidewater Books has been in operation since 1995. Locally-owned and operated, we are Southeastern New Brunswick’s only general trade independent bookseller.

We specialize in rare hardcovers, primarily nonfiction. Classic literature, religion, local history, children's series, maritime, and militaria.

We're a small but mighty independent book store in Yellowknife, NWT, with plenty of great books to snuggle up with over our long winters.

  • City Title Nova Scotia - Dartmouth
  • Address 1 114 Woodlawn Rd. Unit 38
  • Phone (902) 463-5551
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

Tattletales is an independent, family owned children’s bookstore that has been serving the Maritimes since 1995. We specialize in books for infants, toddlers, children, and young adults. Our mission is to find the perfect book for every child.

  • City Title Nova Scotia - Halifax
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  • Address 1 5686 Spring Garden Rd
  • Phone (902) 423-0419
  • Specialty General Interest

The best selection of new books for adults in Downtown Halifax where special orders arrive so quickly, we're after Newton for a new law.

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!

  • Address 1 1533 Birmingham St.
  • Phone (902) 423-7626
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

A place for and about children.

  • City Title Nova Scotia - La Have
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  • Address 1 3421 Hwy 331
  • Phone (902) 688-1855

Located at the LaHave Bakery, wharfside, we offer a diverse selection of books for readers of all ages. An inviting space to browse and read.

  • City Title Nova Scotia - Lunenburg
  • Address 1 125 Montague St.
  • Phone (902) 634-4015
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

Hand-picked new books for young and old. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young adult, children's books, and more, all with a strong focus on quality.

  • Address 1 139 Montague St.
  • Phone (902) 634-3235
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • City Title Nova Scotia - River John
  • Address 1 286 Allen Rd.
  • Phone (902) 351-3285
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

A seasonal bookshoppe and destination featuring Atlantic Canadian and Canadian literature for all ages.

  • City Title Nova Scotia - Upper Tantallon
  • Address 1 5209 St. Margaret's Bay Rd.
  • Phone (902) 826-1823
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

The best used bookstore in Halifax region. Laughing Whale Coffee, children's programs, writing program, book clubs, Spanish lessons. Come hang out.

  • City Title Wolfville
  • Address 1 112 Front #118
  • Phone (902) 542-9491
  • Type Used books

The Odd Book has been buying and selling rare and second hand books in the university town of Wolfville Nova Scotia since 1977. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Canada.

  • City Title Ontario - Almonte
  • Address 1 52 Mill St.
  • Phone (613) 256-9090
  • Specialty General Interest

Welcome to Mill Street Books in downtown Almonte. We are a small independent community bookstore. Check out our website.

  • City Title Ontario - Amherstburg
  • Address 1 67 Richmond St.
  • Phone (226) 906-8311
  • Specialty General Interest

A shop that is grounded in our community but open to the world. River Bookshop is a community hub, a “Third Place” where people gather and will feel comfortable spending time.

Formerly The Arnprior Bookshop, we are a unique and independent bookstore. In recent years we have expanded, and are now both a general bookstore and children's boutique carrying ethically sourced and sustainable children's clothing, newborn to size 10.

  • City Title Ontario - Bancroft
  • Address 1 65 Hastings St. N.
  • Phone (613) 332-2946
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • City Title Ontario - Bath
  • Address 1 368 Main St.
  • Phone (613) 881-0346
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

We are a locally owned independent bookstore located in Bath's historic downtown. We offer new books, bargain books, board and card games, as well as local artisan products. Check out our book clubs, game nights, and other events!

  • City Title Ontario - Bayfield
  • Address 1 24 Main St. N.
  • Phone (519) 565-5600
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

An independent bookstore located in the heritage village of Bayfield, Ontario. Canadian authors, new releases, bestsellers, children's, local interest.

  • City Title Ontario - Bolton
  • Address 1 266 Queen St. South, Unit 2
  • Phone (905) 951-1501
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

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.

  • City Title Ontario - Brampton
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  • Address 1 177 Queen St W
  • Phone (905) 459-9875
  • Specialty Children's, African American
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

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.

  • City Title Ontario - Brighton
  • Address 1 65 Main St.
  • Phone (613) 475-1269
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

Established 1995-offering general, best sellers, nature, local, and children's books. Specializing in Canadian authors. Special orders welcomed.

Bookstore in Burlington - Librairies à Burlington

  • City Title Ontario - Campbellford
  • Address 1 39 Bridge St. E.
  • Phone (705) 653-4335
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games
  • City Title Ontario - Cobourg
  • Address 1 25 King St. E.
  • Phone (289) 252-2214
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

Let's Talk Books specializes in new release books, comic books, magazines, greeting cards, and gifts. Special orders welcome. Watch for book clubs and author events.

Curiosity House Bookstore & Gallery is an independent bookstore with an emphasis on quality literature for adults and children, programming and author events.

  • City Title Ontario - Dryden
  • Address 1 34 A King St.
  • Phone (807) 223-3479
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games
  • City Title Ontario - Durham
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  • Address 1 144 Garafraxa St. S.
  • Phone (519) 369-2974
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty Children's, Literary, Metaphysical/New Age, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts

Used & rare books, collectibles, old comics, memorabilia, new & vintage treasures. The Bookstore in Durham may look small on the outside . . . but on the inside definitely not! The books are divided by genres and listed alphabetically. You'll want to have at least a couple of hours to spend browsing!

  • City Title Ontario - Elora
  • Address 1 62 Metcalfe St.
  • Phone (226) 369-0189
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Address 1 153 Geddes St.
  • Phone (226) 383-3855
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

Our new space is stocked with new books for readers of all ages. Shop in person or place an order at our website. We offer free delivery anywhere in Centre Wellington and often beyond!

  • Address 1 62 Metcalfe St.
  • Phone (226) 369-0189
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

We're an independent bookshop located in Toronto's west end (Humbertown Shopping Centre, to be exact). We'll help you find your next great read!

  • City Title Ontario - Fort Erie
  • Address 1 16 Jarvis St.
  • Phone (905) 871-8484
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

A vast stock of used and antiquarian books, records, curios and vintage role playing games.

  • City Title Ontario - Gananoque
  • Address 1 126 King St. E.
  • Phone (613) 463-8998
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts

Beggars Banquet Books is your independent bookshop in the 1000 Islands, Gananoque, ON with150,000 new and preloved books. We carry fiction and nonfiction for all ages, and are also home to Dragon Records for vintage vinyl & CDs.

  • City Title Ontario - Goderich
  • Address 1 16 Courthouse Square
  • Phone (519) 524-6901
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games
  • City Title Ontario - Guelph
  • Address 1 41 Quebec St.
  • Phone (519) 821-3311
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food

We are an independent bookstore, cinema, restaurant, and bar in Guelph, Ontario.

  • City Title Ontario - Haliburton
  • Address 1 195 Highland St.
  • Phone (705) 457-2223
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Situated in The Village Barn in Haliiburton, Ontario, Master's is a bookstore that caters to a community that goes well beyond the borders of the Haliburton Highlands. With a large mainstream inventory that includes bestsellers, children's books, cookbooks, hobby, home improvement and gardening books, stationery, cards, maps and gifts, Master's truly does have something for everyone.

  • Address 1 226 Locke St. S.
  • Phone (905) 525-6538
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

An independent bookstore for the whole family, centrally located on Locke South.

Selling quality new and used books in the International Village, Downtown Hamilton, Ontario.

Family run book shop located in Westdale Village, Hamilton. Brought to you by the folks behind Mixed Media. Beautiful books and ideas.

  • City Title Ontario - Kemptville
  • Address 1 144 Prescott St.
  • Phone (613) 258-5509
  • Specialty General Interest
  • City Title Ontario - Kincardine
  • Address 1 816 Queen St.
  • Phone (519) 396-7012
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games
  • City Title Ontario - Kingston
  • Address 1 156 Princess St.
  • Phone (613) 546-9799
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers

Kingston's independent bookstore since 1988. Fiction and nonfiction books, including hard-to-find titles by local authors. Also calendars, agendas and day planners, greeting cards and postcards, journals and paper products, magazines and literary periodicals.

Happenstance Books and Yarns offers a unique combination of fiction and nonfiction books for all ages, and the finest in knitting and crochet yarns.

  • City Title Ontario - Lindsay
  • Address 1 15 William St. N. Unit 1
  • Phone (705) 328-1600
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts

New and used books in downtown Lindsay. Independent and family owned since 1993.

  • City Title Ontario - London
  • Address 1 240 Dundas St.
  • Phone (519) 432-7277
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards

Attic Books is one of Canada's largest antiquarian and second-hand bookstores. We have three floors of books, maps, prints, paper collectibles, such as ephemera and postcards, and eccentric antiques that appeal to readers, scholars and seasoned collectors alike.

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.

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  • Address 1 262 Piccadilly St.
  • Phone (519) 438-8336
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Artwork, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

A General Bookstore founded in 1948 with greeting cards, topographical maps, nautical charts, and office and home stationery.

We are a new book store in downtown Midland. Stop in and let us help you find your next great read!

  • City Title Ontario - Mississauga
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  • Address 1 223 Queen St. S.
  • Phone (905) 997-2400
  • Specialty General Interest

We are an independent bookstore that offers a curated selection of fiction, nonfiction, children's books, young adult reads, cookbooks, health, self-help, and art & photography tomes in a cozy, airy, and pristine-bright sanctuary for inspiration and relaxation.

  • City Title Ontario - Mount Brydges
  • Address 1 22541 Adelaide Rd.
  • Phone (519) 264-2665
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

Bookmarks the Spot opened on November 1, 2006. It is owned and operated by Kristen and Travis Adams. We offer all categories of new books for people of all ages. Special orders are always welcome.

  • City Title Ontario - Nepean
  • Address 1 1534 Merivale Rd.
  • Phone (613) 226-3672
  • Specialty General Interest

The Book Market is Canada's largest used bookstore!

  • City Title Ontario - New Liskeard
  • Address 1 57 Whitewood Ave.
  • Phone (705) 647-8215
  • Specialty General Interest

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 - North Bay
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  • Address 1 342 Main St. E.
  • Phone (705) 476-1450
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Regional

Since 1973, three generations of Allison's have been welcoming browsers from all over the world! We are a full service bookstore in Northern Ontario that loves providing the love of reading with good old-fashioned customer service. With over 200,000 books in stock you're bound to find your "novel adventure" and if you can't find it, ask us how we can help with special ordering it for you—new or used!

  • City Title Ontario - Orangeville
  • Address 1 121 First St.
  • Phone (519) 942-3830

BookLore is for people who take life literally! We're proud to be a Canadian independent bookstore located in Orangeville, Ontario.

  • City Title Ontario - Orillia
  • Address 1 103 Mississaga St E
  • Phone (705) 326-7776
  • Specialty General Interest

Manticore has an amazing atmosphere and a sophisticated selection.

  • City Title Ontario - Orleans
  • Address 1 1675 10th Line Rd.
  • Phone (613) 824-3198
  • City Title Ontario - Ottawa
  • Address 1 327 Rideau St.
  • Phone (613) 789-9544
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Address 1 122 Osgoode St.
  • Phone (613) 232-7495
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Educational

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

Specializing in used, rare, and antiquarian books, we have the largest collection of second-hand books in Ottawa. International shipping available!

Ottawa's radical bookstore since 1969.

Collectible, rare, and antiquarian books.

We are a fiercely independent bookstore that opened in 1995 in this location. We specialize in knowledgeable staff, quick ordering potential, and a wonderful selection. We love books and you will notice that the first time you walk in. Welcome!

  • City Title Ontario - Owen Sound
  • Address 1 848 Second Ave. E.
  • Phone (519) 376-4233
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Regional
  • City Title Ontario - Parry Sound
  • Address 1 41 Church St.
  • Phone (705) 746-7625
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

Proud to be your community book shop in Parry Sound since 1988.

New, independent bookstore in Peterborough, Ontario.

A classic, secondhand bookstore with lots to look through and look at.


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