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We aren’t shelf-ish: we’re sharing local Canadian bookstores

By Kira Taylor

Book lovers rejoice! This National Book Lovers Day, stock up on your favourite books at some of these local Canadian bookstores with .CAs. Do what you do best and continue reading to see some of our top picks! 

Established by two best friends, Candice and Kristen, Ink Drinker’s Booktique was created due to the lack of bookstore and library options in the founders’ corner of southwest Manitoba. Candice continues to run the show and stays in the loop on what is hip and trending so she can connect with loyal book lovers. Sift through their generous online catalogue of new and used books! 

TYPE is a Toronto-based independent bookstore with a specially curated inventory and knowledgeable staff to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Feeling adventurous? Take a look at their mystery bag—a specially curated collection of staff-picked books for you, based on your reading fancies. Sounds fun, right? 

Octopus Books, an Ottawa-based bookstore, is an independent, women-owned spot. Their mission is, “To promote conversations and the exchange of ideas through literature.” To fulfill this mandate, they’ve specially curated their collection of books and host literary events that give a voice to marginalized groups within the community. Octopus Books also features a large children’s section, with books on themes of social awareness, history, life skills and more.  Feel good about purchasing books while supporting progressive literature. 

An independent, family-owned bookstore, Lunenburg Bound works to promote a wide range of voices working towards social justice and equality. You will find their carefully selected collection of books offer intrigue, challenge and delight! Lunenburg Bound sells a mixture of new and used books and even some toys and games, so you’re bound to find something you like in this quaint Nova Scotia town. 

Does your Goodreads challenge of the year include some French literature? Head to Librarie Zone Libre, an independent Montreal bookstore that is committed to offering a selection of books that encourage social inclusion and civic participation. 

Have a favourite local bookstore with a .CA that we missed? Send us your recommendations! And if you’re a local bookstore reading this without a .CA…. Register your .CA domain today! 

About the author
Kira Taylor

Kira is the Marketing & Channel Specialist at CIRA. She focuses on content, digital marketing and channel strategies to help Canadian business owners make the right domain choice for their business website so they can find success online.