NewPages.com is news, information, and guides to literary magazines, independent publishers, creative writing programs, alternative periodicals, indie bookstores, writing contests, and more.

NewPages Guide to
Indie Bookstores in Canada

The best list of independent Canadian bookstores

 

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.

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
  • 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.

A diverse selection of books with fantastic prices. Come visit us!

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

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!

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
  • 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.

  • Address 1 335 Jane St.
  • Phone (416) 901-0832
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

Moonbeam Books is the destination for the best books and gifts for kids and teens in Toronto's west end.

  • Address 1 121 Harbord St.
  • Phone (416) 537-8334
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Children's, Educational
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

Parentbooks' selection of resources for parents and professionals serving the everyday and special needs of families is unequalled.

  • Image Image
  • Address 1 914 Queen St E.
  • Phone (416) 778-5053
  • 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
  • Specialty General Interest

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

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
  • 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
  • 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.

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
  • Image Image
  • Address 1 96 King St. S
  • Phone (519) 884-2665 or (888) 241-7546

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
  • 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.

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

  • City Title Ontario - Windsor
  • Address 1 1520 Wyandotte Ave. E.
  • Phone (519) 968-2206
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

Biblioasis is a literary press and book shop based in Windsor, Ontario.

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
  • Image Image
  • Address 1 1915 Ste Catherine W.
  • Phone (514) 931-3442
  • 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
  • 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!

Independant and bilingual Bookstore located in Old-Montreal.

For over sixty years Bonder Bookstore has been supplying reading material to book lovers everywhere. Bonder's online service makes ordering fast and easy. Whether it's a best seller or a hard to find edition, a quick order to Bonder is all it takes.

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.

  • Address 1 225 St. Viateur Ouest
  • Phone (514) 848-9358
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

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 1 245-N St Jean
  • Phone (514) 695-5557
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Librairie Clio is an independent accredited English language bookstore located on Montreal’s west island. We stock a large selection of new fiction, nonfiction, classics, and children's books as well as an eclectic back-list from various publishers. We also offer a lovely selection of greeting cards, stationery, and gifts for both adults and children.

  • 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 - Québec
  • Address 1 164-2600 Blvd. Laurier
  • Phone (418) 654-9523
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

English and spanish bookstore in Quebec city for more than 30 years.

  • City Title Quebec - Sherbrooke
  • Image Image
  • Address 1 168 E. Queen
  • Phone (819) 346-1786
  • 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!

We are Saskatoon's independent, alternative bookstore. We offer books, magazines, video rentals, and other products focused on making the world a better place.

  • City Title Yukon - Whitehouse
  • Address 1 203 Main St.
  • Phone (867) 668-2434
  • 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.

  • Address 1 4137 4th Ave.
  • Phone (867) 393-2987
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

Well-Read Books is a clean, bright, well-organized store with a spacious and comfortable reading lounge. Customers are encouraged to take their time browsing our collection of 10,000+ books in a variety of different genres. Our inviting, well-organized children's area features child-size seating and hundreds of titles from board books to novels for young adults. Come on in and check it out!

newpages-footer-logo

We welcome any/all Feedback.