BC Independent Bookstores
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3608 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Focuses on spiritual traditions and alternative health. A gathering space and springboard for spiritual events and musical performances.
1740 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Extensive selection of cookbooks and books about food. Features an in- store kitchen where visiting chefs demonstrate their craft.
302 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Film industry literature ranging from film and theatre texts, television books, screenplays, videos, accent tapes, and resources to help with budgeting, screenwriting, and scheduling.
Net Loft Building Unit 3, 1666 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Longtime Granville Island shop carries a strong selection of fiction, particularly Canadian fiction, local interest titles, cookbooks, and children's books.
682 West Broadway, Vancouver
Seven locations in Vancouver focus on a wide range of new releases at discount prices, as well as magazines and remaindered books. Sells online.
4333 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
A crime and mystery specialty store, with a rare titles and audio books, true crime, and non-fiction works about the mystery field.
Hagar Books 2176 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Humpty Dumpty Books and Music 1496 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
Children's bookstore in the Kids Only Market on Granville Island.
3642 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
New, used, out-of-print, rare, fine, first edition books bought and sold.
Vancouver location: 3083 West Broadway
Three locations in Vancouver focus on a wide range of new releases at discount prices, as well as magazines and remaindered books. Sells online.
1238 Davie Street, Vancouver
Comprehensive stock of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trangender-related books. Active in fighting against censorship and discrimination. Sells online.
1110 West Broadway, Vancouver
Training and resources materials that have practical applications in the educational, workplace, or mental health setting.
1522 West Broadway, Vancouver
1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
2422 Main Street and 3133 West Broadway, Vancouver
604-876-4311 (Main Street); firstname.lastname@example.org
604-873-4311 (West Broadway); email@example.com
Hybrid new/used bookstore with good selection of books in all genres, often with discounts.
Sitka Books and ArtScheduled to open August 2010.
684 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
A non-profit, volunteer-run bookstore and resource centre featuring new and used books, zines, comics, audio and visual materials, t-shirts, buttons, and posters. In business since 1973.
Tanglewood Books 1553 West Broadway, Vancouver
An extensive selection of new releases from all genres.
3065 West Broadway, Vancouver
Features of travel book titles and a wide range of maps, luggage, and travel accessories.
6200 University Boulevard, Vancouver
3715 West 10th Avenue
Science fiction and fantasy specialty bookstore.
North Shore, Sechelt, Whistler
3185 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver
4205 Village Square, Whistler
Regional guides, maps, and nature books for recreational adventurers. Also features a full selection of fiction and non-fiction titles.
c/o 4437 Rondeview Road, Madeira Park
Publishes and promotes new poetry and fiction by Canadian writers, fostering a community of Canadian writers and readers. Sells online.
Talewind Books 5494 Trail Avenue, PO Box 919, Sechelt
Delta, Richmond, Surrey
1240 56th Street, Delta
Contemporary literature, bestsellers, children's literature, travel books.
Heritage Distribution: 108-17665 66A Ave, Surrey
A division of Heritage Distribution, BC Books offers a wide range of regional books from British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.
Features a range of fiction genres, with a number of stores across the Lower Mainland. Sells online.
22540 Gilley Road, Richmond
Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster
1306-6th Avenue, New Westminster
Science fiction, horror, cartoon, fishing, Canadiana, and more. Sells online, new and used.
Burnaby Campus Store: 8888 University Drive
Langley and Chilliwack
103-9233 Glover Road, Fort Langley
45939 Wellington Avenue, Chilliwack
Abe is a Victoria-based company and is the largest online marketplace for books, with over 13,000 international booksellers on its online database.
111-1644 Hillside Avenue, Victoria
Special order service, special events and author signings, and extensive selection, including computer and children's books.
3840B Cadboro Bay Road, Victoria
2436 Beacon Avenue, Sidney
A wide selection of new releases for children and young adults.
514 Government Street, Victoria
Government publications and BC specialty literature.
Dark Horse Books 623 Johnson Street, Victoria
An electic inventory ranging from 1960s counterculture writing to theatre, modern firsts, and science fiction.
1027 Cook Street, Victoria
New, local books, with a small second-hand collection.
Ivy's Bookshop 2188 Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria
Larkeybooks 3861 Rowland Avenue, Victoria
2741 Asquith Street, Victoria
The owners started as collectors of illustrated and children's books, which remain a specialty, along with mystery and detective fiction, Canadian literature, and general illustrated books.
1108 Government Street, Victoria
North American and British titles, and an extensive children's literature section.
14 Bastion Street, Victoria
Poetry, art, natural history, signed books, and specialty items.
675 Bellville Street, Victoria
734 Fort Street, Victoria
Family-owned and -operated since 1962, located in Victoria's downtown core. Sells new, used, and remainder titles in all categories.
2436 Beacon Avenue, Sidney
100B-2244 Sooke Road, Victoria
Showcases regional writers and the works of local artists.
3800 Finnerty Road, Victoria
Waldo's Books 4077 Tuxedo Drive, Victoria
Blue Heron Books 1775 Comox Avenue, Comox
Book Masters 202 City Centre, Kitimat
Castro & Cowan Booksellers 2645 Ritten Road, Nanaimo
4841 Johnston Road, Port Alberni
New and used books.
Falconer Books#77, 6505 S. Terminal Avenue, Nanaimo
Mulberry Bush bookstore 130 2nd Avenue, Qualicum Beach
Mulberry Bush has a sister store to its Qualicum Beach location, in Parksvilles’ Thrifty Foods Centre.
286 5th Street, Courtenay
Looking Glass Books 3550 Johnston Road, Port Alberni
13387 Code Road, Ladysmith
Rare non-fiction titles and collectible literature.
Rainy Day Books 1181 Cumberland Road, Courtenay
Volume One Bookstore Limited 149 Kenneth Street, Duncan
Wildside Booksellers and Espresso Bar 320 Main Street, Tofino
Ringside Market, Hornby Island
Abraxas Books PO Box 47, 1071 Northwest Road, Denman Island
76 Madrona, Galiano Island
3101-115 Fulford-Ganges Road, Salt Spring Island
Fine contemporary and antiquarian books, including an eclectic collection of children's literature, African texts, and maritime books.
5275 Jerow Road, Dunlop Point 1-3, Hornby Island
Dectective fiction, fantasy, science fiction, modern first editions, and more. Comprehensive online inventory.
1156 Main Street, Smithers
Carries mostly new books with a special used historical section.
#103-4710 Lazelle Avenue, Terrace
100 First Avenue West, PO Box 669, Prince Rupert
250-624-3207 ext 26
Northwest coast history, art, culture, and nature. Also features cookbooks, children's literature, and natural history.
PO Box 670, 720 Highway 33, Queen Charlotte City
Over 2000 titles, in and out of print. Possibly the largest collection of Northwest Coast Native literature for sale in the world! Carries a comprehensive selection of literature on Haida Gwaii/the Queen Charlotte Islands, BC history, and indigenous peoples of North America.
Central and Northern Interior
#2 700 Tranquille Road, Kamloops
Grizzly Book & Serendipity Shop 208 Mackenzie Avenue, PO Box 1670 Revelstoke
The Open Book 247 Oliver Street, Williams Lake
3333 University Way, Prince George
Bookland#100-3400 30th Avenue, Vernon
411 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna
Okanagan Valley's largest independent bookstore, featuring new and bargain books, magazines, maps, cards, and ephemera. An in-store coffee shop is the icing on the cake.
Boundary and Kootenay
1013 Canyon Street, Creston
109 - 1800 Rock Island Highway, Trail
Dave's Book Bar 1046 7th Avenue, Invermere
Cafe Books PO Box 820 2063 Washington Street, Rossland
PO Box 8, Winlaw
Winlaw's oldest bookstore boasts a comprehensive selection of material from a range of genres.
Katrina's Books 301-535 Victoria Avenue North, Cranbrook
L & J Books Ltd. 1369 Cedar Avenue, Trail
33-10th Avenue South, Cranbrook
398 Baker Street, Nelson
PO Box 1589, 592 2nd Avenue, Fernie
Thimble Mountain Books & Music 334 Market Avenue, Grand Forks
A selection of new books, print music, music equipment, and recordings.
BC Comic and Graphic Novel Retailers
631 Johnson Street, Victoria
Country Club Centre 6 - 3200 Island Highway, Nanaimo
West 4th Avenue at Arbutus, Vancouver
33780 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford
2418 Main Street, Vancouver
3972 Main Street, Vancouver