Canada is home to several independent bookstores. And, while browsing these beautiful shops may not always be possible, they each offer a variety of delivery options.

Munro’s Books, Victoria

Housed inside of a neo-classical heritage building in the heart of the city’s Old Town, Munro’s Books is easily one of the country’s most iconic, and prettiest, bookstores. It was established in 1963 by famed Canadian writer Alice Munro and her husband Jim. Upon Jim’s retirement in 2014, he gave the store to four longtime employees. Shop the huge selection of bestsellers, French-language books, educational resources and more.

munrobooks.com

Lucky’s Books and Comics, Vancouver

Lucky’s has been a go-to for comic book lovers for 25 years. This shop is packed with unusual treasures and stocks a vast collection of hard-to-find graphic novels and comics, plus a variety of cards, games and novels.

luckys.ca

Bison Books, Winnipeg

This charming shop in the city’s downtown carries 20,000 antiquarian, used and out-of-print books. The selection is meticulously curated and updated regularly. There’s a staggering variety of topics to choose from, ranging from antique cookbooks to books on Western Canadian history and Indigenous studies.

bisonbooks.ca

Bookshelf, Guelph, Ontario

Over the years, the likes of Margaret Atwood, John Irving and Al Purdy have all hosted literary readings inside this beloved bookstore in downtown Guelph. Beyond the bookstore, Bookshelf has expanded and added a movie theatre and the eBar, an entertainment venue that hosts everything from live music and book launches to burlesque shows and dance parties. Shop the large inventory of fiction and non-fiction novels, kids books, cookbooks and more.

bookshelf.ca

Drawn & Quarterly, Montreal

This Montreal institution originally started as a magazine and is now a renowned publisher of cartoons and graphic novels. There are two locations in the city, including the kid-focused La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly. Aside from online sales, the store is keeping the community connected with an online series covering a variety of topics, including a graphic novel fan club and new book discussions.

drawnandquarterly.com

Woozles, Halifax

As Canada’s oldest children’s bookstore (it’s been around for more than 40 years), Woozles has a loyal local following and has received national recognition. Located in a charming old home on downtown Halifax’s Birmingham Street, this store is a treasure trove of books and educational toys for kids of all ages, including babies and teens.

woozles.com

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