BC Independent Book Stores

BC Independent Bookstores


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  • Vancouver

  • Banyen Books

    3608 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
    604-732-7912
    Focuses on spiritual traditions and alternative health. A gathering space and springboard for spiritual events and musical performances.
  • Barbara Jo's Books to Cooks

    1740 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
    604-688-6755
    Extensive selection of cookbooks and books about food. Features an in- store kitchen where visiting chefs demonstrate their craft.
  • Biz Books

    302 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
    604-669-6431
    Film industry literature ranging from film and theatre texts, television books, screenplays, videos, accent tapes, and resources to help with budgeting, screenwriting, and scheduling.
  • Blackberry Books

    Net Loft Building Unit 3, 1666 Johnston Street, Vancouver
    604-685-6188
    Longtime Granville Island shop carries a strong selection of fiction, particularly Canadian fiction, local interest titles, cookbooks, and children's books.
  • Book Warehouse

    682 West Broadway or 4118 Main Street, Vancouver
    604-872-5711
    (Now part of Black Bond Books independent chain.) Two locations in Vancouver focus on a wide range of new releases at discount prices, as well as magazines and remaindered books. Sells online.
  • Dead Write Books

    4333 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
    604-228-8221
    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
    604-263-9412
  • Humpty Dumpty Books and Music

    1496 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
    604-683-7009
    Children's bookstore in the Kids Only Market on Granville Island.
  • Kestrel Books

    3642 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
    604-872-2939
    New, used, out-of-print, rare, fine, first edition books bought and sold.
  • Kidsbooks

    Vancouver location: 3083 West Broadway
    604-738-5335
    Three locations in Vancouver focus on a wide range of new releases at discount prices, as well as magazines and remaindered books. Sells online.
  • Little Sisters Book & Art Emporium

    1238 Davie Street, Vancouver
    1-800-567-1662
    Comprehensive stock of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trangender-related books. Active in fighting against censorship and discrimination. Sells online.
  • Odin Books

    1110 West Broadway, Vancouver
    604-739-8804
    Training and resources materials that have practical applications in the educational, workplace, or mental health setting.
  • Oscar's Art Books

    1522 West Broadway, Vancouver
    604-731-0553
    oscarsbooks@shaw.ca
  • People's Coorporative Bookstore

    1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
    604-253-6442
  • Pulp Fiction Books

    2422 Main Street and 3133 West Broadway, Vancouver
    604-876-4311 (Main Street); pulpbook@telus.com
    604-873-4311 (West Broadway); pulpkits@telus.com
    Hybrid new/used bookstore with good selection of books in all genres, often with discounts.
  • Sitka Books and Art

    Scheduled to open August 2010.
  • Spartacus Books

    3378 Findlay Street, Vancouver
    info@spartacusbooks.net
    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
    604-736-8876
    An extensive selection of new releases from all genres.
  • Travel Bug Books

    3065 West Broadway, Vancouver
    604-737-1122
    Features of travel book titles and a wide range of maps, luggage, and travel accessories.
  • University of British Columbia Bookstore

    6200 University Boulevard, Vancouver
    604-UBC-BOOK
  • White Dwarf Books

    3715 West 10th Avenue
    604-228-8223
    Science fiction and fantasy specialty bookstore.
  • North Shore, Sechelt, Whistler

  • 32 Books Company

    3185 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver
    604-980-9032
  • Armchair Books

    4205 Village Square, Whistler
    604-932-5557
    armchair@whistlerbooks.com
    Regional guides, maps, and nature books for recreational adventurers. Also features a full selection of fiction and non-fiction titles.
  • Black Bond Books, Lynn Valley

    125-1199 Lynn Valley Rd., North Vancouver
    604-981-9611
    lynnvalleybbb@hotmail.com
    Regional guides, maps, and nature books for recreational adventurers. Also features a full selection of fiction and non-fiction titles.
  • Nightwood Editions

    c/o 4437 Rondeview Road, Madeira Park
    info@nightwoodeditions.com
    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
    604-885-2527
  • Delta, Richmond, Surrey

  • Albany Books

    1240 56th Street, Delta
    604-943-2293
    Contemporary literature, bestsellers, children's literature, travel books.
  • BC Books

    Heritage Distribution: 108-17665 66A Ave, Surrey
    604-574-7067
    A division of Heritage Distribution, BC Books offers a wide range of regional books from British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.
  • Black Bond Books

    various locations
    604-536-4444
    Features a range of fiction genres, with a number of stores across the Lower Mainland. Sells online.
  • Carol's Books

    22540 Gilley Road, Richmond
    604-526-1987
    azein@hotmail.com
  • Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster

  • Charles McKee Books

    1306-6th Avenue, New Westminster
    order@charlesmckeebooks.com
    Science fiction, horror, cartoon, fishing, Canadiana, and more. Sells online, new and used.
  • Simon Fraser University Bookstore

    Burnaby Campus Store: 8888 University Drive
    604-291-3656
  • Victoria

  • Advanced Book Exchange (Abe Books)

    Abe is a Victoria-based company and is the largest online marketplace for books, with over 13,000 international booksellers on its online database.
  • Bolen Books

    111-1644 Hillside Avenue, Victoria
    250-595-4232
    Special order service, special events and author signings, and extensive selection, including computer and children's books.
  • Cadboro Bay Book Company

    3840B Cadboro Bay Road, Victoria
    250-477-1421
  • The Children's Bookshop

    2436 Beacon Avenue, Sidney
    250-656-4449
    childrens@tannersbooks.com
    A wide selection of new releases for children and young adults.
  • Crown Publications

    514 Government Street, Victoria
    250-356-6778
    bookstore@gov.bc.ca
    Government publications and BC specialty literature.
  • Dark Horse Books

    623 Johnson Street, Victoria
    drkhors@home.com
    An electic inventory ranging from 1960s counterculture writing to theatre, modern firsts, and science fiction.
  • Sorensen Books

    1027 Cook Street, Victoria
    250-383-3215
    info@sorensenbooks.ca
    New, local books, with a small second-hand collection.
  • Ivy's Bookshop

    2188 Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria
    250-598-2713
  • Larkeybooks

    3861 Rowland Avenue, Victoria
    250-479-8348
    larkey@telus.net
  • Neil Williams, Bookseller

    2741 Asquith Street, Victoria
    1-877-805-5925
    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.
  • Munro's Books

    1108 Government Street, Victoria
    250-382-2464
    North American and British titles, and an extensive children's literature section.
  • Renaissance Books

    14 Bastion Street, Victoria
    250-381-6469
    pgraybooks@shaw.ca
    Poetry, art, natural history, signed books, and specialty items.
  • Royal BC Museum Shop

    675 Bellville Street, Victoria
    250-387-2361
  • Russell Books

    734 Fort Street, Victoria
    rusbooks@islandnet.com
    Family-owned and -operated since 1962, located in Victoria's downtown core. Sells new, used, and remainder titles in all categories.
  • Tanners: A Bookstore and More

    2436 Beacon Avenue, Sidney
    250-656-2345
    service@tannerbooks.com
  • Timeless Books

    100B-2244 Sooke Road, Victoria
    250-474-5276
    Showcases regional writers and the works of local artists.
  • UVic University of Victoria Bookstore

    3800 Finnerty Road, Victoria
    250-721-8311
  • Waldo's Books

    4077 Tuxedo Drive, Victoria
    250-479-9938
    waldo_wstadnyk@yahoo.com
  • Vancouver Island

  • Blue Heron Books

    1775 Comox Avenue, Comox
    250-339-6111
    scotlord@mars.ark.com
  • Book Masters

    202 City Centre, Kitimat
    250-632-7323
    bookmasters@telus.net
  • Castro & Cowan Booksellers

    2645 Ritten Road, Nanaimo
    castrocowan@direct.ca
  • Curious Coho Books

    4841 Johnston Road, Port Alberni
    250-724-1455
    New and used books.
  • Falconer Books

    #77, 6505 S. Terminal Avenue, Nanaimo
    250-754-6111
  • Mulberry Bush bookstore

    130 2nd Avenue, Qualicum Beach
    250-752-9722
    mulberry@island.net
    Mulberry Bush has a sister store to its Qualicum Beach location, in Parksvilles’ Thrifty Foods Centre.
  • Laughing Oyster Books

    286 5th Street, Courtenay
    250-334-2511
    jennylob@telus.net
  • Looking Glass Books

    3550 Johnston Road, Port Alberni
    250-724-5433
  • Rare Nonfiction

    13387 Code Road, Ladysmith
    250-245-8959
    Rare non-fiction titles and collectible literature.
  • Rainy Day Books

    1181 Cumberland Road, Courtenay
    1-888-281-9646
    Ruth_dilts@hotmail.com
  • Volume One Bookstore Limited

    149 Kenneth Street, Duncan
    250-748-1533
  • Wildside Booksellers and Espresso Bar

    320 Main Street, Tofino
    250-725-2070
  • Gulf Islands

  • 32 Books Company

    Ringside Market, Hornby Island
    250-335-9030
  • Abraxas Books

    PO Box 47, 1071 Northwest Road, Denman Island
    250-335-2731
    inthewoods@telus.net
  • Galiano Island Books

    76 Madrona, Galiano Island
    250-539-3340
    galianoislandbooks@cablelan.net
  • Sabine's Fine Used Books

    3101-115 Fulford-Ganges Road, Salt Spring Island
    250-538-0025
    sabinesbooks@saltspring.co
    Fine contemporary and antiquarian books, including an eclectic collection of children's literature, African texts, and maritime books.
  • Thompson Rare Books

    5275 Jerow Road, Dunlop Point 1-3, Hornby Island
    250-335-1182
    Dectective fiction, fantasy, science fiction, modern first editions, and more. Comprehensive online inventory.
  • North Coast

  • Interior Stationery & Books

    1156 Main Street, Smithers
    250-847-9712
    books@speedee.ca
    Carries mostly new books with a special used historical section.
  • Misty River Books

    #103-4710 Lazelle Avenue, Terrace
    250-635-4428
    mistybooks@telus.net
  • Museum of Northern BC Gift Shop

    100 First Avenue West, PO Box 669, Prince Rupert
    250-624-3207 ext 26
    mnbc@citytel.net
    Northwest coast history, art, culture, and nature. Also features cookbooks, children's literature, and natural history.
  • Northwest Coast Indian Books

    PO Box 670, 720 Highway 33, Queen Charlotte City
    250-559-4681
    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

  • Bookland

    #2 700 Tranquille Road, Kamloops
    250-554-2025
    bookland@shaw.bix.ca
  • Grizzly Book & Serendipity Shop

    208 Mackenzie Avenue, PO Box 1670 Revelstoke
    250-837-6180
    grizzlybook@telus.net
  • The Open Book

    247 Oliver Street, Williams Lake
    250-392-2665
    openbook@telus.net
  • University of Northern British Columbia Bookstore

    3333 University Way, Prince George
    250-960-6424
  • Okanagan

  • Bookland

    #100-3400 30th Avenue, Vernon
    250-545-1885
  • Mosaic Books

    411 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna
    250-763-4418
    mosaic@bookmanager.com
    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

  • Black Bear Books

    1013 Canyon Street, Creston
    250-428-2711
    blckbear@telus.net
  • Crockett Book Company

    109 - 1800 Rock Island Highway, Trail
    250-364-1123
  • Dave's Book Bar

    1046 7th Avenue, Invermere
    250-342-6511
  • Cafe Books

    PO Box 820 2063 Washington Street, Rossland
    250-362-5333
    goldrush@rossland.com
  • Jennie's Garden

    PO Box 8, Winlaw
    250-226-7066
    jennie@dragonside.com
    Winlaw's oldest bookstore boasts a comprehensive selection of material from a range of genres.
  • Katrina's Books

    301-535 Victoria Avenue North, Cranbrook
    250-417-2628
    katbooks@shaw.ca
  • Kingfisher Quality Used Books

    131 12th Ave N., Creston, BC.
    250-428-0553
    kingfisherusedbk@uniserve.com
  • L & J Books Ltd.

    1369 Cedar Avenue, Trail
    250-368-8313
  • Lotus Books

    33-10th Avenue South, Cranbrook
    250-426-3415
    lotusbooks@telus.net
  • Otter Books

    398 Baker Street, Nelson
    250-352-3434
  • Polar Peek Books

    PO Box 1589, 592 2nd Avenue, Fernie
    250-423-3736
    polarpeek@telus.net
  • Thimble Mountain Books & Music

    334 Market Avenue, Grand Forks
    250-442-3344
    A selection of new books, print music, music equipment, and recordings.

    BC Comic and Graphic Novel Retailers

  • Curious Comics

    631 Johnson Street, Victoria
    Country Club Centre 6 - 3200 Island Highway, Nanaimo
    250-384-1656 (Victoria)
    250-756-2157
  • The Comic Shop

    West 4th Avenue at Arbutus, Vancouver
    604-738-8122
  • Four Aces Comics

    33780 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford
    604-853-3790
  • Lucky's

    2418 Main Street, Vancouver
    604-454-5099
  • RX Comics

    3972 Main Street, Vancouver
    604-875-9858
    luckys@luckys.ca