The U.K. is often the best place to shop for independent booksellers in Canada, but many of them will still be open even when it’s raining.
The Globe and Mail spoke to some of the biggest independent bookshops in Canada to see which ones will be open, as well as the best locations for independent books.
(The Globe and News has been in touch with all the bookstores listed.)
A list of the top independent bookshop locations in Canada was compiled from several sources.
For a detailed breakdown of the locations, including hours, we also consulted a list of bookstores on TripAdvisor, which shows how much traffic there is for each of the stores in each area.
Read the full list here.
The Village Bookshop at The Village (St. John’s, N.L.)
“The Village Bookstore has been the best independent bookstore in North America for years.
It’s a very safe, comfortable place, with the right amount of privacy for customers.
If you’re looking for something to read in the evenings, you can walk to the back door of the shop and pick up a book.
It has a wide selection of books, but there are some classics, too.
There are many great Canadian writers, too, and we have an excellent staff.
You can pick up your copy at the door.”
The Village is located in the St. Johns neighbourhood of the city.
It is the third-largest independent bookstore in Canada behind BiblioAccess and the Book Club of Canada.
The Riverhead Bookstore at Riverhead Books (Laval, Que.)
“Riverhead is a small independent bookstore.
It sits in a little corner of the Laval neighbourhood, and you can find the books on the shelves at the back.
I recommend picking up your books at the front, so you don’t get distracted.
It may be hard to find a place with a full selection, but you can usually find a few books for $10.”
Riverhead is located on the shores of Lake St. Lawrence in the Lachine Valley.
It was established in 2006 by a group of Laval residents who have been bookselling since they were kids.
They have more than 80 titles on their shelves.
They are located at 8500 Riverview Blvd.
Bookies Books (Kawartha, Ont.)
“Bookies Books is the only one that offers a dedicated bookshop at the corner of Kitchissippi and Brierfield Streets.
The bookshop has a great selection of independent titles.
There is a lot of book on the walls and in the display cases, and there are shelves for the most popular books on sale at the time of opening.
You have to walk a few blocks to get there.”
Bookies is located at 7500 Riverbank Rd. in Kawartha.
Avis Bookshop (Hamilton, Ont.
) “Avis is located just off Bancroft Avenue in the city, just west of the intersection of Main Street and Queen Street West.
It doesn’t have a full-fledged bookshop, but its small selection and selection of classics will appeal to everyone.
There’s also a small selection of international books.
Bookshop hours vary, but if you want to pick up some good books, you will find it on a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
It also has a large selection of Canadian authors and their books on offer.
There isn’t a lot to it, but it’s a great place to get books.”
Bookshop Hours are 9:30am-4:00pm Monday to Friday.
Bookstores is located across from the Canadian Tire Centre at 2760 Main St. in Hamilton.
Lea Bookshop & Music (Toronto, Ont., Ontario) “The Lea bookshop is a one-stop shop for Canadian and international books, and is known for having the best selection in the area.
They also have a very small bookshop for those who want to grab a book for themselves.
The shop also offers a variety of discounts.
The bookstore is a popular destination for music fans, and has some of Canada’s top musicians on staff.
It offers a good selection of audiobooks, but the selection isn’t all that impressive.
Leas books are best if you are looking for the right book to buy for a special occasion.
You will be disappointed to learn that the selection is pretty limited.”
Lea is located near Bathurst Street and Yorkville Road in Toronto.
The Royal City Bookshop of Montreal (Montreal, Quebec) “Montreal is home to a number of bookshacks that have been around for decades.
The most well-known are the Royal City and The Village, but also the Bibliothèque Royal and Book Club.”
The RoyalCity is located off Main Street in the heart of the French