Bookstores in Victoria BC & Beyond

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Support your local bookstores in Victoria, BC, and beyond! Ebooks are fun but bookstores serve as crucial cultural and knowledge hubs. In addition, with the rise of online booksellers, local bookstores are also rare and wonderful ‘real world’ places full of opportunity for discovery and delight. Below is a list of Victoria and area bookstores. Be sure to pay them a visit, enjoy the ambiance, and buy a few books. Also listed are a few other noteworthy book places in Vancouver and beyond.

“Printed books are magical,
and real bookshops keep that magic alive.”

–– Jen Campbell, The Bookshop Book 

“We lose ourselves in books, we find ourselves there too.” –– unknown

Too many books? Winston has some advice:

 “At any rate handle them…. Peer into them. Let them fall open where they will. … If they cannot enter the circle of your life, do not deny them at least a nod of recognition.” –– Winston Churchill 

Bookstores (Victoria BC & Area)

Shiny New Books

Lovely Used Books 

Rare, Collectable, & Beautiful Books

Book Binding 

Little Free (Street) Libraries

Closed Victoria & Area Bookstores
  • Bring & Buy Books – Esquimalt Rd- closed in 2018
  • Pages Books – Brentwood Bay – closed in 2018
  • City News – downtown Victoria – closed circa 2013
  • Fairfield Bookshop – closed circa 2016
  • Grafton Books – Oak Bay – closed circa 2012
  • Shepherd Books – Victoria – closed circa 2012
  • Mallard Books – Sidney – closed circa 2013
  • Paperback Writer – Sidney – closed circa 2011
  • Compass Rose Nautical Books – Sidney – closed circa 2006
  • Book Warehouse – Victoria (View & Gov’t) – closed circa 1997
  • Wells Books – Victoria – closed circa 2005
  • Poor Richard’s Books – Victoria – closed 2004
  • Shepherd Books – Victoria – closed circa 2014
  • Military Bookstore – moved into Beacon Books 2017
Notable Vancouver Bookstores
Notable Bookstores worldwide
“The Bookshop has a thousand books,
All colors, hues, and tinges,
And every cover is a door
That turns on magic hinges.” 
–– Nancy Byrd Turner

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Related: Traditional Publishers in Victoria, BC.

Updated February 2019

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