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35 Charming Canadian Bookstores You Need To Visit

Where will you find your next page-turner?

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We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community for their favourite bookstores in Canada. Here are the wonderful results.

1. Russell Books (Victoria, BC)

https://www.facebook.com/RussellBooks/photos/pb.120390791347375.-2207520000.1436294499./814938845225896/?type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/RussellBooks/photos/pb.120390791347375.-2207520000.1436294499./814938801892567/?type=3&theater

"Wandering their vast aisles of endless titles is like a religious experience for book lovers. Watching someone walk in for the first time is so funny, usually an audible gasp and a rub of the eyes. New and notable, rare and antiquarian, old favourites, obscure titles, that random novel you've looked for forever - it's all there. And more." – Anna5c0tt

2. Munro’s Books (Victoria, BC)

Juni Xu / Via Flickr: freshfruit
https://twitter.com/MunrosBooks/status/603308626975920129
http://munrobooks.com

"I've been going here for 38 years. Amazing staff and service, all in an elegant atmosphere. Jim Munro, the former owner (related to Alice Munro), gifted the store to many of his long time staff. Excellent discount section in the middle. Whenever I need a 15 minute serenity break, I wander through, and ultimately always buy something to read." – katev2

3. MacLeod’s Books (Vancouver, BC)

Jeff Hitchcock / Via Flickr: arbron
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4686693263227&set=a.1717334511114.50591.1770803304&type=1
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=574974072584363&set=a.574973775917726.1073741877.100002153259245&type=1&theater

"Tiny little used bookstore with books stacked up to the rafters." – sarahw69

4. Books & Company (Prince George, BC)

Dezene Huber / Via Flickr: dezeneandjoyel
https://www.flickr.com/photos/akurjata/9343056459/in/photostream/
http://andrewkurjata.ca/blog/2013/01/19/prince-georges-living-room/

"Wonderful local finds, funky paint job, amazing cafe that hosts awesome events and excellent knowledgable staff that is really the cherry on top. It's everything you would hope to find in an independent bookstore and having it located in Northern BC makes it even more special!" – krystinstj

5. Wendel’s Bookstore and Cafe (Fort Langley, BC)

https://www.facebook.com/wendelsbc/photos/pb.77428132468.-2207520000.1436302175./10152807550457469/?type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/wendelsbc/photos/pb.77428132468.-2207520000.1436302177./10152525345547469/?type=3&theater

"It's this adorable little bookshop that has an amazing coffee shop in it. It's also right beside a beautiful river." – onecayla

6. The Bookman (Chilliwack, BC)

https://www.facebook.com/TheBookManBookstores/photos/pb.158225407543002.-2207520000.1436302883./916441961721339/?type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/TheBookManBookstores/photos/pb.158225407543002.-2207520000.1436302857./982121111820090/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xpf1%2Ft31.0-8%2F11011493_982121111820090_1752123325293929560_o.jpg&smallsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xpa1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F11350823_982121111820090_1752123325293929560_n.jpg%3Foh%3D928db928ffc374a93021573cc83d7e13%26oe%3D56201DEE&size=2048%2C1365&fbid=982121111820090

"It's literally stacked to the ceiling with hundreds if not thousands of books. Every time you pay they give you a token to donate to various different charities. They have a cat that lives there too!" – eilidhmackenzie2

7. Wee Book Inn (Edmonton, AB)

https://www.facebook.com/weebookinn/photos/pb.27463696452.-2207520000.1436303853./10152271421556453/?type=3&theater
https://www.flickr.com/photos/401forester/4257790708/

"Awesome used books, CDs, vinyl, and some rare old finds too!" – lovelylaika

8. Blurbs (Wetaskiwin, AB)

https://www.facebook.com/319343872542/photos/pb.319343872542.-2207520000.1436382361./395399232542/?type=3&theater
http://bookmanager.com/7602936/

"Wetaskiwin is a small town southeast of Edmonton. Blurbs offers a selection of book choices and genres but what makes it my favourite is that they also provide things for the body, mind and soul." – siennad3

9. Pages on Kensington (Calgary, AB)

Via yelp.ca
http://www.yelp.ca/biz_photos/pages-books-on-kensington-calgary?select=0PlEUJfPK6h9qe30QNrkWw#0PlEUJfPK6h9qe30QNrkWw
https://www.facebook.com/169590019107/photos/pb.169590019107.-2207520000.1436452842./10153314781099108/?type=3&theater

"A bookstore that contributes to the literary scene and sells amazing books!" – meghanm4487851a1

10. Pandora’s Boox and Tea (Olds, AB)

https://www.facebook.com/PandorasBooxTea/photos/pb.480745345336241.-2207520000.1436453990./639675899443184/?type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/PandorasBooxTea/photos/pb.480745345336241.-2207520000.1436453127./716071978470242/?type=3&theater

"Small indie book store, new and used, tons of atmosphere. It's in an old library. Loose tea and goodies, journals and candles. You gotta love it." – Nancy Bell via Facebook

11. McNally Robinson (Saskatoon, SK)

https://www.facebook.com/McNallyRobinsonSaskatoon/photos/pb.194419929944.-2207520000.1436372938./10150322951249945/?type=3&theater

"Although I haven't lived in Saskatoon for 6 years now, I still miss McNally Robinson very fiercely. A lovely, big bookstore with an awesome selection, including local books and signed copies. Add a fantastic restaurant and lots of nooks to sit and read, and it was wonderful." – ifbysea

12. Bison Books (Winnipeg, MB)

Via yelp.ca
https://www.facebook.com/bisonbooks/photos/pb.234260726627020.-2207520000.1436373941./773502922702795/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xaf1%2Ft31.0-8%2F1978362_773502922702795_724966923181613530_o.jpg&smallsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xap1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F10891921_773502922702795_724966923181613530_n.jpg%3Foh%3D6dcfd7725d379e238d72d2150ad4799d%26oe%3D56101C05&size=1536%2C2048&fbid=773502922702795

“When you walk in, you are instantly wrapped in the wonderful smell of old books and then you can get lost in the shelves and shelves of amazing deals on books. I could have moved in and lived there, it was so incredible. It is worth checking out.” – sarahtree23

13. Red River Books (Winnipeg, MB)

Julijana Capone / Via julijanacapone.tumblr.com
https://instagram.com/p/26zwekyXDG/
https://instagram.com/joshuagarciaa/

"It is just piles, upon piles of books. Every type of book you could imagine, and a few magazines and records tucked in there too (the dirty magazine section actually has a hilarious sign about limiting the amount of time one spends in that area to 20 minutes). Anyhow, there are some hidden gems on every shelf of that place." – Katie Victoria via Facebook

14. Poor Michaels Bookshop (Onanole, MB)

http://www.poormichaels.ca/
http://www.poormichaels.ca/

"For a tiny town in cottage country it has an absolutely stunning selection of books, including some really beautiful collectors pieces." – aasham

15. Black Squirrel Books & Tea (Ottawa, ON)

https://www.facebook.com/blacksquirrelbooks/photos/pb.233479143370526.-2207520000.1436387368./894637753921325/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xpa1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F1545144_894637753921325_518029176367337923_n.jpg%3Foh%3D75656f01f087472bc39d8652141157e1%26oe%3D5658C97C&size=960%2C640&fbid=894637753921325
https://www.facebook.com/blacksquirrelbooks/photos/ms.c.eJwzNDS0MDQ2s7AwNDU3NDE00DMEC1iamZhYGpiYmJkDAHC6Bqs~-.bps./1118139644904467/?type=1&theater

"They have tons of old and new books that you can buy, or get for free when you bring in another book to exchange! There are also old typewriters you can use when you're feeling in a writing mood, and a barista at your service for drinks and snacks!" – keiramaiak

16. Book Bazaar (Ottawa, ON)

http://www.bookbazaar.ca/index.php
http://www.bookbazaar.ca/index.php
http://www.bookbazaar.ca/index.php

"The aisles are just stacks of books. Amazing selection of new and old books for the new reader all the way to collector. Books you'll never find anywhere else, I could spend hours there!" – slothitup

17. The Bookshelf (Guelph, ON)

https://www.facebook.com/219093428119656/photos/pb.219093428119656.-2207520000.1436383152./1074873152541675/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xfp1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F1533911_1074873152541675_5717149827381084669_n.jpg%3Foh%3D4a9f334485c3d1a36ccb6ecdfa78a7fb%26oe%3D561500AC&size=960%2C874&fbid=1074873152541675
https://www.facebook.com/219093428119656/photos/pb.219093428119656.-2207520000.1436383165./757237104305283/?type=3&theater

"It has been our city's only independent bookstore for over 42 years and is a hotbed of culture and activity year round. They support local and Canadian authors, always have in the best new books, have a great LGBTQ+ section, and super supportive owners. It's also a plus that it's not *just* an independent bookstore but also an indie cinema and bar and bistro!" – heatjarvis

18. Mables Fables (Toronto, ON)

https://www.facebook.com/152236274807608/photos/pb.152236274807608.-2207520000.1436374469./667792059918691/?type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/152236274807608/photos/pb.152236274807608.-2207520000.1436374455./801622243202338/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xpf1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F10502098_801622243202338_4316454322573073473_n.jpg%3Foh%3D9eaccd2c3195a5f1a62a2b1ba402d56e%26oe%3D5611C535&size=640%2C640&fbid=801622243202338

"It's a children's bookstore that is so much fun to walk around in and has so much selection and whimsy, it's an adventure while looking for your next literary treasure." – amandar78

19. Doug Miller Books (Toronto, ON)

https://www.facebook.com/dougmillerbooks/photos/pb.709493002472425.-2207520000.1436375727./742653369156388/?type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/dougmillerbooks/photos/pb.709493002472425.-2207520000.1436375727./710251102396615/?type=3&theater

"It boasts a phenomenal fantasy and sci-fi section, as well as loads of graphic novels." – sockling

20. Glad Day (Toronto, ON)

https://www.facebook.com/GladDay/photos/pb.127688490601296.-2207520000.1436376231./610814425622031/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xap1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F1471267_610814425622031_234807310_n.jpg%3Foh%3Dde68af14a7a09b2cb646a79bd6b39e6e%26oe%3D560E2C58&size=720%2C960&fbid=610814425622031
https://www.facebook.com/GladDay/photos/pb.127688490601296.-2207520000.1436376135./771260422910763/?type=3&theater

"It's the oldest surviving queer bookstore in North America, and is amazing place to find one of kind books for members of the community and allies alike." – mercederu

21. Manicore Books (Orillia, ON)

https://www.facebook.com/132365040126775/photos/pb.132365040126775.-2207520000.1436376842./839763516053587/?type=3&theater

"It's absolutely wonderful. They sell all of the best classics and they have custom covers with quotes from the book written on them." – ellar4274957b1

22. Juniper Books (Windsor, ON)

https://www.facebook.com/159095430780169/photos/pb.159095430780169.-2207520000.1436377041./467568483266194/?type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/159095430780169/photos/pb.159095430780169.-2207520000.1436377042./159097787446600/?type=3&theater

"It's a house that has books in every room on every floor. I think it's cute because there are cooking books in the oven. The books are lovely and well priced." – lia23

23. Words Worth Books (Waterloo, ON)

https://www.facebook.com/words.books/photos/pb.256545914483276.-2207520000.1436451608./257162727754928/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xfa1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F429836_257162727754928_1654323139_n.jpg%3Foh%3D7f4a86e49274d2ba259d553761e54a09%26oe%3D5617BC53&size=900%2C603&fbid=257162727754928
https://www.facebook.com/words.books/photos/pb.256545914483276.-2207520000.1436451608./257160374421830/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xaf1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F420046_257160374421830_393161187_n.jpg%3Foh%3D30b77163dfb70ee5e9ec1d795c40d688%26oe%3D5657FE55&size=864%2C566&fbid=257160374421830

"Great book sellers and a long history as a staple in the community. Not to be missed." – Nicole Duquette via Facebook

24. Gulliver's Quality Books & Toys (North Bay, ON)

https://www.facebook.com/GulliversBookstore/photos/a.381769935221276.89904.186431064755165/703215593076707/?type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/GulliversBookstore/photos/a.381769935221276.89904.186431064755165/939420482789549/?type=3&theater

"Growing up this store taught me how to recognize excellence—in picture books especially. Spot-on selection every time." – Erin W. via Facebook

25. The Book Keeper (Sarnia, ON)

https://www.facebook.com/87316446642/photos/a.10152183641121643.1073741883.87316446642/10152183641301643/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xaf1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F10489776_10152183641301643_3849437134663597701_n.jpg%3Foh%3D40a6bfe8b36dc9d440115a6338e18567%26oe%3D561AEF44&size=720%2C960&fbid=10152183641301643
https://www.facebook.com/87316446642/photos/pb.87316446642.-2207520000.1436451250./10152509249636643/?type=3&theater

"Sarnia's indie bookstore has been around for over 30 years!" – Julie Hillier-Vrolyk via Facebook

26. Drawn & Quarterly (Montreal, QC)

Alyson Hurt / Via Flickr: alykat
https://www.facebook.com/drawnandquarterly/photos/pb.8541741869.-2207520000.1436452149./10150682777681870/?type=3&theater
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bittermelon/9303566535/

"Adorable with the best selection of graphic novels and generally a great mix of books, all displayed beautifully." – Laura Bere Uçak via Facebook

27. Mac’s Fireweed Books (Whitehorse, YT)

Google Maps
https://instagram.com/corinth.suarez/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/14762584864/in/photolist-ouw7af

"They're a locally owned business that I've been spending far too much time in since I could read." – cheekie

28. Well-Read Books (Whitehorse, YT)

Google Maps
https://www.facebook.com/127927860580524/photos/pb.127927860580524.-2207520000.1436370195./996282747078360/?type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/127927860580524/photos/pb.127927860580524.-2207520000.1436370197./634889696551002/?type=3&theater

"The only used book store in the land of the midnight sun! You never know what you will find. Love this place!" – ciaramorningskys

29. Owl’s Nest Bookstore (Fredericton, NB)

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=593698130645381&set=bc.Abouai_-2THUkHQLeFsoHPToqcLNGUgp5guDr_ewl8iEgdnOSJKHZsV5yr74s_GbZIJ2uRq5jb_gqJA3f-wUfNy1vpFPPZ3dQ19CFyDjKcnYJFsC0-66wNwGoVyMTLIeAmA&type=1&opaqueCursor=AbpmmLMFlJuR4iP-6XWH8YLqAsjftryPbfXqHG64LguhOOX12_DNuWX8D0NIgF_rB0uczuz9gpijaQtS9SoUZQITRkzyhwE5I9arJvREFecmpj1Ph71u6GINyjx9E7ywDf-GpLj95bOWO3-MySQbd61CYGVgWdV8rpU_SXrq2hQVnUSrkfmBSYJbnCTxMpyoLuQ&theater
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151064324935232&set=a.10151064184590232.781464.806340231&type=1&theater

"The three stories are full of nooks and crannies, lots of different areas of explore, couches to read on and piles of books everywhere. They also have an awesome buy back program that lets you earn money toward more books." – alissao4a9416a78

30. Westminster Books (Fredericton, NB)

https://www.facebook.com/DowntownFredericton/photos/bc.Abrd_3j7-Zs54wHFBJhmPH_w8t40iCT6t8SuMdnc9q0VSS0eyKS7F57tylVwlBjHPUI4UHla3JJmNaeeB0Gg6WopDqLZI5BV3R_vi9ZJi67qfaEdsr8d6TvE4vUtRl4pgQ8/10151311047781886/?type=1&opaqueCursor=AboqUF-MbuvR-AlvXMuHkCdQWzRfHuMmbQK5SxLGnmLdopmTGErl0F2EC3dhtmimyBGQJotSiYexoIFwllygecYrXpVBOTFVmfg579mRejaLcUUZdFoqgjZYsLEvWLiNPtbENevb4AUzP-VP8lCrHyAFozUMuwzqw5x1s_jKGLvexi_q9IMNHTEdxJZXWmPSEokAvfTIXAnTquv9qE3T880O&theater
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150510705267686&set=o.7622063938&type=3&theater

"Westminster is a lot smaller than Owl's Nest but they carry a wide selection and a lot of stuff I could never find at Chapters/Indigo." – ceciliagracea

31. Tidewater Books (Sackville, NB)

https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/t31.0-8/52774_435935123135461_1756030674_o.jpg
https://www.facebook.com/TidewaterBooks/photos/pb.226316584097317.-2207520000.1436457480./708165782579059/?type=3&theater

"What's not in stock, they track it down for you. Friendly, knowledgeable and great displays." – Jolene Jarvis via Facebook

32. The Bookman (Charlottetown, PE)

https://www.facebook.com/440285112716677/photos/pb.440285112716677.-2207520000.1436368623./542228882522299/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xfp1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F1044428_542228882522299_1999857670_n.jpg%3Foh%3D22266a18f4eeeb870058610d392ff49c%26oe%3D56128CEE&size=717%2C960&fbid=542228882522299
https://www.facebook.com/440285112716677/photos/pb.440285112716677.-2207520000.1436368567./740306626047856/?type=3&theater

"It's pretty much the best bookstore I've ever been in. It's stacked with books up to the ceiling, and has the cutest store dog named Jerry." – nikip471ba8331

33. Bookmark II (Halifax, NS)

https://twitter.com/BookmarkHalifax/status/502149975179288577
https://www.facebook.com/bookmarkhalifax/photos/pb.123820813128.-2207520000.1436384423./123835283128/?type=3&theater

"Amazing little spot: great selection on hand; fantastic special orders work; great staff." – Matt Robinson via Facebook

34. NovelTea Bookstore Cafe (Truro, NS)

https://www.facebook.com/NovelTeaBookstoreCafe/photos/pb.1446955868880294.-2207520000.1436366658./1534604996782047/?type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/NovelTeaBookstoreCafe/photos/pb.1446955868880294.-2207520000.1436457536./1605551639687382/?type=3&theater

"This store has been a huge success in our little town. Great food, coffee and most importantly… books!" –kaylab441b30892

35. Woozles (Halifax, NS)

https://www.facebook.com/29642346685/photos/pb.29642346685.-2207520000.1436368071./10153472163591686/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xpf1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F15273_10153472163591686_9205068664560782544_n.jpg%3Foh%3De8825b2325c3bcf006c0140b8f4d325b%26oe%3D56289886&size=960%2C346&fbid=10153472163591686

"It's Canada's oldest children's bookstore and is full of great books and toys for kids of all ages." – Laura Irvin via Facebook

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