5 Fraser Valley Bookstores Worth a Visit

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

There is just something about a rainy or snowy afternoon that makes us want to curl up with a good book. Lucky for us, there are enough fantastic independent bookstores in the Fraser Valley to get us through an entire season of wet and slushy weather! With this list of 5 Fraser Valley bookstores to get lost in, you will have a good idea where to start the next time you’re looking to disappear in a good book – or even a whole bookstore!

45939 Wellington St, Chilliwack 604.792.4595

Open 364 days a year (closed only on Christmas Day), you’ll never have to wonder if The Bookman will be open when the book shopping mood strikes you. The size of this cozy store is deceiving – so don’t judge this store by its cover! With over 500,000 books spread over 5000 square feet, you really can get lost in the weaving towers of bookshelves. In the slight chance that they don’t have the book you are searching for, just ask! The Bookman also offers an internet sales department as well, which has been known to track down a number of special edition vintage books in its time.

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Wendel’s Bookstore & Café
#103 – 9233 Glover Rd, Fort Langley 604.513.2238

Wendel’s Bookstore & Cafe is one of those fantastic destinations that combine the best of all worlds. Not only can you grab a coffee to sip while browsing the bookstore, you can stay for lunch after you’ve found one (or two or three) that you want to take home! This cute little store located in the heart of Fort Langley is not only a bookstore, but a full service, licensed café that provides a wide selection of hot & cold drinks, soups, sandwiches and dessert goodies. With its late hours (open from 7:30am – 10:00pm daily) it is a great option for those late night book cravings. Looking for a beautiful and unique writing journal? The selection at Wendel’s Bookstore will definitely inspire you!

33765 Essendene Ave, Abbotsford 604.855.1894

Just one look at the outside of this bookstore, and you’ll know you are in for a treat. With over 8,000 square feet of neatly organized bookshelves, Hemingway’s is one of the largest new and used independent bookstores in Western Canada. Not only do they have a spectacular selection of books in general, they’ve also been known to support local Fraser Valley talent as well! Be sure to watch their website, or make a habit of stopping in on Saturdays to catch a book signing by a local author (there are 3 coming up in November/December).

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The Bookcase Co.

22378 119 Avenue, Maple Ridge 604.467.5595

Nestled on a quiet one-way street, The Bookcase Co is a quaint little bookstore packed full of interesting reads yet to be discovered. With a book collection that is rapidly outgrowing their bookshelves, visitors are encouraged to look below the rows for even more selection. The displays in the window always provide great ideas in the event you aren’t sure what you’re looking for. Take a chance with a book you haven’t considered reading before – you might be pleasantly surprised!

Sue’s Bookshelf
#106 – 7380 King George Blvd, Surrey 604.599.8482

Not just a bookstore, but a gift store as well! Sue’s Bookshelf carries inspiration throughout the store with unique gift items, inspirational magnets, bookmarks and more. Known for their excellent customer service and ability to recommend books of similar interest, try this bookstore the next time you are looking for a bit of help finding something great to curl up with. The resident cats make this little bookstore even cosier, so make sure to give yourself time to unwind here!

Although we’ve only featured five bookstores in this article, there are so many more fantastic independent new and used bookstores scattered throughout the Fraser Valley! We also highly recommend checking out Murdoch’s Bookshoppe in Mission, and The Book Worm in White Rock.

Where are your favourite bookstores to venture off to when you are in search of new reading material (or just a quiet afternoon being surrounded by books)?

Contributor: Shannon Clattenburg

Shannon Clattenburg is a creative spirit first and a freelance writer second. She is a features writer for Fraser Valley Pulse and has a love for uncovering hidden gems throughout the Fraser Valley . She lives in Chilliwack with her boyfriend and her doggy Rolo. Twitter: @OrdinaryShan

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