5 Indie Bookstores to Visit across Canada

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Happy Canadian Independent Bookstore Day! This annual event unites readers, writers, illustrators, publishers, and others to champion independent businesses and support a thriving bookselling community across Canada. In this blog post, we’re highlighting five of our favorite indie bookstores to visit.

Octopus Books

Located in Ottawa, this Woman-owned independent bookstore has been selling books to make change since 1969. Their selection of books covers a broad range of social awareness, history, poetry, Canadian and Indigenous and international fiction, feminism and gender, and more.

Website: https://octopusbooks.ca/

Address: 116 Third Avenue at Bank St., Ottawa, Ontario

Canadian Independent Bookstore Day: Octopus Books
Photo via @octopusbooks

Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore

Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore is a general interest bookshop, specializing in academic titles. Located on McGill College in Montréal, it’s been a key place for book lovers since it opened in 1981.

Website: https://paragraphbooks.com/

Address:  2220 McGill College Avenue, Montreal, Quebec

King’s Co-op Booktore

Located in Halifax, this bookstore provides a rich and diverse array of books to its visitors.

Website: https://www.kingsbookstore.ca/

Address: 6350 Coburg Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 2A1

Munro’s Books

Munro’s Books, a beloved spot for book enthusiasts for more than 50 years, is located in a landmark heritage building in the heart of Victoria’s Old Town.

Website: https://www.munrobooks.com/

Address: 1108 Government Street, Victoria, British Columbia

Canadian Independent Bookstore Day: Munro's Books
Photo via Tourism Victoria


Established in 1959, Iroqrafts is located on the Six Nations of the Grand River on Turtle Island, Ontario. The store features a variety of items including books, moccasins, beadwork and soapstone sculptures, and more.

Website: https://www.sixnationstourism.ca/art-studios-gift-shops/iroqrafts/

Address: 1880 Tuscarora Rd, Ohsweken, Ontario, N0A 1M0

Learn more about Canadian Independent Bookstore Day, here.

Also check out Indie Bookstores to Visit in Toronto!

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