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Indie Bookstores in Canada

The best list of independent Canadian bookstores

 

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

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 - Gananoque
  • Address 1 126 King St. E.
  • Phone (613) 463-8998
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • 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 - Guelph
  • Address 1 41 Quebec St.
  • Phone (519) 821-3311
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food

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

  • City Title Ontario - Hamilton
  • 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.

  • Address 1 1060 King St. W.
  • Phone (905) 527-2442
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Regional

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
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

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

Located inside DNA, a privately owned commercial art gallery based in London, Ontario. 

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  • Address 1 262 Piccadilly St.
  • Phone (519) 438-8336
  • Type New books
  • 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.

  • City Title Ontario - Midland
  • Address 1 247 King St.
  • Phone (705) 526-4750
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Artwork

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
  • Type New books
  • 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 - Nepean
  • Address 1 1534 Merivale Rd.
  • Phone (613) 226-3672
  • Type Used books
  • 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
  • Type New books
  • 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
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • 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
  • Type New books

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
  • Type New books
  • 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
  • Type Used books
  • City Title Ontario - Ottawa
  • Address 1 327 Rideau St.
  • Phone (613) 789-9544
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Address 1 1073 Bank St.
  • Phone (613) 422-9050
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Coffee/Tea

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

  • Address 1 417 Bank St.
  • Phone (613) 233-4380
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

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.

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 - Peterborough
  • Address 1 164 Hunter St Unit #3
  • Phone (705) 400-8229
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

New, independent bookstore in Peterborough, Ontario.

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

Established in 1988, we are used bookstore in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

  • City Title Ontario - Picton
  • Address 1 289 Main St
  • Phone (613) 476-3037
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest

Bookstore and hub of the County. Books; new and old, rare and ubiquitous. A place to wander around and find a few treasures.

  • City Title Ontario - Port Hope
  • Address 1 65 Walton St.
  • Phone (905) 885-7296
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

A local bookstore at the heart of historic Port Hope.

  • City Title Ontario - Sarnia
  • Address 1 Northgate Plaza, 500 Exmouth St.
  • Phone (519) 337-3171
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

The Book Keeper is a fabulous indie bookstore centrally located in Sarnia's Northgate Plaza.

  • City Title Ontario - St. Catharines
  • Address 1 21 King St. Unit B
  • Phone (905) 641-7575
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • City Title Ontario - Stayner
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  • Address 1 7323 Hwy 26
  • Phone (705) 988-3239
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Artwork, Gifts, Toys/Games

At Torn Pages, we sell a variety of second hand books. We have all major genres such as fiction, romance, fantasy, science fiction, history, war, children, pre-teen, biographies, western, and many more. For any inquires, feel free to check us out and like us on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

  • City Title Ontario - Toronto
  • Address 1 128 Sterling Rd Lower Level
  • Phone (416) 363-4343
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

The Anansi Bookshop is home to House of Anansi Press titles, as well as children’s and young adult titles by Groundwood Books.

Another Story Bookshop is a progressive bookstore with a comprehensive selection of books for children and adults, all with an emphasis on social justice, equity and diversity.

We are a privately owned and operated business that has been selling, buying, and trading used and new books for over 20 years. We specialize in history, military history, arts, biographies, and the social sciences. We also offer a wide selection of literary works that range from Shakespearian tragedies through classic Victorian novels to modern day teen fiction. Most of our selection of over 50,000 books consists of quality academic and scholarly works, and many are rare, collectible, or specialty items.

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  • Address 1 84 Harbord St.
  • Phone (416) 963-9993
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty Science Fiction/Fantasy

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.

  • Address 1 468 College St.
  • Phone (416) 531-9911
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Art

Curated selection of art books, photography books, graphic novels, cook books, drama, poetry, crime and mystery fiction. All astonishingly priced in impeccable condition.

Ben McNally Books is a general interest bookstore specialising in history, biography, fiction, poetry, and special orders.

  • Address 1 471 Bloor St. W.
  • Phone (416) 967-5757
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Address 1 10 Edward St.
  • Phone (416) 977-3087
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Address 1 2289 Yonge St.
  • Phone (416) 482-6002
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Address 1 2354 Bloor St. W.
  • Phone (416) 961-4496
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

In 1976 Book City opened its doors to the people of Toronto and has been treating its customers to an eclectic range of books ever since. Toronto bibliophiles must have liked us, or our books at any rate, because thirty-eight years on we have four store locations across 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 neighbourhood bookstore for many generations to come.

  • Address 1 348 Danforth Ave.
  • Phone (416) 469-9997
  • Type New books

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.

  • Address 1 1950 Queen St. East
  • Phone (416) 698-1444
  • Type New books

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.

  • Address 1 401 Richmond St. W. Ste. 350
  • Phone (416) 703-0201
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Art

Featuring over 2000 plays by Canadian playwrights, the Canadian Play Outlet has been carefully designed keeping in mind passionate theatre lovers, theatre professionals, students, emerging playwrights and those who are new to the vastly diverse and imaginative world of Canadian plays.

Caversham Booksellers is an independent specialised bookshop dealing in mental health: psychology, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, counseling, social work and more.

Your friendly neighbourhood second-hand bookstore on the Bluffs. We have a large selection of fiction, nonfiction, and antiquarian books.

  • Address 1 491 Davenport Rd
  • Phone (416) 322-0777
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

From First Canadians to African-Canadians, from the Caribbean to Asia, from Adults' books to Children’s books, we open the door to literary gems from the Canadian Cultural Mosaic.

Ella Minnow Children's Bookstore—great books for kids, birth to teen, and all who love them!

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  • Address 1 499 Church St.
  • Phone (416) 901-6600
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty LGBT
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Coffee/Tea

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.

All poetry! Shelves specializing in small press books & chapbooks and hard to find new and used poetry books. Site of poetry readings, launches, and events!

  • Address 1 662 Mount Pleasant Rd.
  • Phone (416) 322-0438
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

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!

  • Address 1 1067 Bloor St W
  • Phone (416) 531-2123
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Curiosities

Unusual 20th-century printed matter, with special emphasis on visual culture; obsolete opinions and technologies; earnest works on highly specific topics; books as artifacts; and pop detritus.

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  • Address 1 914 Queen St E.
  • Phone (416) 778-5053
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Feminist, LGBT, Literary
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games

Queen Books is a general interest community bookshop. We focus on having an inclusive, interesting, and highly curated selection of books for both adults and children. We host all kinds of events from launches to story-times to panel discussions to book clubs. Queen Books strives to be a safe and welcoming space for all book lovers.

  • Address 1 548 Danforth Ave
  • Phone (647) 347-8733
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

Re: Reading is a used book and DVD store which was founded in 2009.

  • Address 1 2036 Queen St E
  • Phone (647) 348-8733
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

This is our second Re: Reading location. We sell used books of all kinds, as well as DVDs.

An independent bookstore, specializing in crime fiction. Selling crime since 1979.

We're an independent book shop featuring a great selection of design books and cool objects.

  • Address 1 883 Queen St. W.
  • Phone (416) 366-8973
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

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!.

An independent bookstore with three Ontario locations.

  • Address 1 496 College St.
  • Phone (416) 323-3131
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Metaphysical/New Age
  • Sidelines Curiosities, Gifts

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.

Toronto record store and bookstore combo on Bloor Street.

  • City Title Ontario - Uxbridge
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  • Address 1 62 Brock St. W.
  • Phone (905) 852-4282
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

An independent bookstore is the heart and soul of a community. Blue Heron Books has been proudly serving the community of Uxbridge since 1989.

  • City Title Ontario - Waterloo
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  • Address 1 96 King St. S
  • Phone (519) 884-2665 or (888) 241-7546
  • Type New books

Your local independent bookstore since 1984. Located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

  • City Title Ontario - Watertown
  • Address 1 325 Dundas St. E.
  • Phone (905) 690-0632
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest

Pickwick Books is an independent bookstore located in the Victorian village of Waterdown Ontario. Find rare, antiquarian, gently used, and new books. We offer credit for your gently used books.

  • City Title Ontario - Weston
  • Address 1 1974 Weston Rd.
  • Phone (416) 241-5801
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

Traditional stationery and bookstore specializing in educational materials including curriculum texts.

  • City Title Ontario - Windsor
  • Address 1 1990 Ottawa St.
  • Phone (519) 258-4111
  • Type Primarily used with some new books

Windsor, Ontario's one and only "house of books."

  • City Title Prince Edward Island - Charlottetown
  • Address 1 172 Queen St
  • Phone (902) 566-4888
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

Charlottetown's independent bookstore since 1972. Come visit us! We'd love to see you!

Mom and Pop local bookstore in the little village of Knowlton. Small but full of activity.

  • 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

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!

  • Address 1 12 rue Maguire
  • Phone (514) 495-7880
  • Type New books
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Coffee/Tea

Librairie D+Q, 211 Bernard Ouest, Montreal. Publisher of the world's best comics; proprietor of the world's best books.

Community Book and Record Store in Montreal, Quebec!

Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore has been a cornerstone of Montréal's literary scene since it opened in 1981. We are a general interest bookstore with a wide in-store selection, specializing in academic titles.

The Word is an independent secondhand bookstore, open since 1975. We offer a wide selection of literature, philosophy, and poetry. The Word also features an assortment of books in the fields of drama, history, political science, religion and more.

  • City Title Quebec - Pointe-Claire
  • Address 1 Ste 6 46 rue Ste-Anne
  • Phone (514) 694-0380
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games
  • City Title Quebec - Sherbrooke
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  • Address 1 168 E. Queen
  • Phone (819) 346-1786
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts

Black Cat Books is a small town, small time bookseller that focuses on linking the right person with the right book. We are the only English bookseller for miles around, so English language books are our in-store specialty. We do try to cover as broad a subject/genre selection as possible, both in-store and online. Our shop is managed by a professional librarian; the shop is clean and well-organized, and our books are of a high quality.

With thousands of books to inspire all cooks, we are Montreal's ultimate destination for cookbooks, cooking classes, and author events!

  • City Title Yukon - Whitehouse
  • Address 1 203 Main St.
  • Phone (867) 668-2434
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games

Mac's Fireweed Books is an independently owned bookstore that carries books, magazines, topo maps, puzzles, souvenirs, t-shirts & so much more.

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