There’s a reason books are such great holiday gifts: there are endless options to choose from, and they’re the perfect comfortable activity, perfect for those cold winter days. And local independent bookstores are the best place to pick up those freebies – Metro Vancouver bookstores are vital businesses in the community and they also help support emerging and established writers, and highlight marginalized writers who may be overlooked by. supermarkets.
During covid, independent bookstores were hit hard but continued to provide excellent service to their local communities, and with the knowledge that supply chain issues in the publishing industry can impact purchases of holidays, they urge their customers to organize their gift lists early. There’s no better time than right now to check out your local independent bookstores. Win-win: Find awesome giveaways, support awesome local businesses.
Here’s a look at some of the best independent bookstores in Metro Vancouver:
4094 Hastings Street, Burnaby, BC
Located in the Heights, a popular residential and commercial corridor in North Burnaby, Companion Books offers new and used books, as well as rare and collectible books. Spend a day in Hastings at the shops nearby and finish your Christmas shopping: there are chocolatiers, toy stores, gift shops and more.
2176 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
For nearly 30 years, Hager Books has been one of the largest and most popular independent bookstores in Metro Vancouver, west Vancouver, in bustling Kerrisdale. The store has new popular fiction and non-fiction books, as well as art and home decor books, and plenty of them for every possible gift recipient.
Iron dog books
2671 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
They started out as a traveling booktruck and now have a brick and mortar location to go with in East Vancouver. Iron Dog Books is an Indigenous-owned bookstore founded on the idea that books should be both affordable and accessible. The store sells new and used books.
2557 West Broadway, Vancouver
3040 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver, BC
It’s all in the name. Kidsbooks has been the area’s largest supplier of children’s books (with puzzles, games, etc.) for decades. With one location in Vancouver and a second on the North Shore, there’s a place close to home (or worth a visit) for anyone in the area.
123-1315 56e St., Tsawwassen
This tiny store has been a community favorite in sunny Tsawwassen in the Delta community for over 35 years. It has moved but is now attached to the Town Center Mall. Most of the staff have been with the team for years and can help find the perfect book for each client.
101-810 Quayside Dr., New Westminster
Kinder Books in New Westminster Quay is celebrating 10 years of business this year. The owner (a former early childhood educator who helped create programs for elementary schools in early literacy, art and more) was motivated to create a bookstore focused on children’s literature that was diverse and inclusive.
229 E. Georgia Street, Vancouver
Located in Chinatown in downtown Vancouver, Massy Books is an Indigenous-owned boutique that has grown into more than a bookstore, but also serves as a gathering and event space – there’s even a gallery of art upstairs. The book shelves were built on casters so that the store could be redeveloped to accommodate readings, music events, etc.
Western Sky Books
Unit 2132-2850, rue Shaughnessy, Port Coquitlam
Thousands of titles, new and used, along with a carefully curated selection of goodies, are just waiting to be discovered at Western Sky Books. The owners describe their store as “bigger on the inside” and it’s certainly true: once inside, tall shelves and plenty of space await. The owners also feature local visual artists on the gallery walls, as part of their efforts to connect the area’s artistic and literary communities.
The paper dog
344 Pender Street West, Vancouver
The Paper Hound is a new used and rare bookstore located in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Known for its unique selection, the store describes itself as a hotbed for “the classics, the curious, the weird, the beautiful, the visually striking, the scholarly, the bizarre and the whimsical”.
Black Bond Book and Book Warehouse
The Book Warehouse and Black Bond Books, jointly owned, offer half a dozen locations in the Lower Mainland: two Book Warehouse stores in Vancouver and Black Bond locations in Ladner, Maple Ridge, Surrey and South Surrey. By stocking a variety of books, as well as calendars, small gifts, unique jigsaw puzzles and more, they are sure to provide a variety of gift choices for book lovers.
Canterbury Tales Bookstore
2010 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Canterbury Tales sells new and used books in the heart of The Drive in East Vancouver. The store is proud to offer an eclectic mix of books to its diverse community – and if they don’t have what you want, they will happily bring it along.
Popular cooperative bookstore
1391, commercial promenade
First opened in 1945, the People’s Co-op bookstore is the oldest existing bookstore in Canada. Run as a cooperative business model, the store is a favorite with locals and readers from further afield who come to town to shop.
Three locations in Vancouver
Serving the city for 21 years, Pulpfiction Books is one of Western Canada’s largest bookstores, with three branches and over 80,000 new and used books – many of which are now out of print – in stock. In addition, most new books are sold at a discount to the Canadian cover price.
Books & Coffee Village
# 130 12031 First Ave, Richmond
The address says Richmond, but discerning book lovers will know this shop is in the heart of the community of Steveston, a historic fishing village on the outskirts of Richmond. Head for a few books, but stick with the unique community, quirky shops, and maybe some fish and chips.
Bookstore & Café Wendel
103 – 9233 Glover Road, Fort Langley
A small, full-service bookstore attached to a cozy cafe that serves cookies, muffins, sandwiches, and more might just be any book lover’s dream. Located on a main intersection in the small community of Fort Langley, there are dozens of stores across the street to help you complete your Christmas shopping.
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