Indie Bookstores Per Capita: Where Does Ontario Rank?

By Christopher Boan
Fact Checked by Jim Tomlin

There aren’t many ways to destress that are as enjoyable as heading to your local bookstore and perusing the shelves to pick out the perfect book or gift. An independent bookstore also will often have a place to enjoy a cup of coffee or a treat as book-loving customers decide which tomes to take home.

Indie Bookstore Day is April 27. To celebrate independent bookstores in Canada, OntarioBets – taking a break from Ontario sports betting coverage – wanted to find out which Canadian regions love indie bookstores the most. Using the Indie Bookstore Locator on, we collected the number of indie bookstores in each province and territory. Then, we ranked the top 10 provinces and territories with the most independent bookstores per capita.

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Top 10 Indie-Bookstore Supporting Canadian Regions

Rank Province Independent Bookstores Per Capita
1 Northwest Territories 4.470
2 Yukon 4.407
3 Prince Edward Island 1.703
4 British Columbia 1.690
5 Nova Scotia 1.309
6 Ontario 0.698
7 Newfoundland and Labrador 0.555
8 Alberta 0.500
9 Manitoba 0.475
10 New Brunswick 0.473

Where Ontario Ranks For Indie Bookstores

Canada’s most populous province finishes in the middle of the pack for independent bookstores per capita. Ontario has the sixth most per capita in Canada, sandwiched between No. 5 Nova Scotia and No. 7 Newfoundland and Labrador. The home of Ontario online casinos has more than 90 indie bookstores, according to, including more than two dozen in Toronto.

Overall, the leader in the independent bookstore race in Canada is the Northwest Territories, which has 4.470 per bool-loving capita, according to website listings. Yukon (4.407), Prince Edward Island (1.703) and British Columbia (1.703) are the next closest.

Throw in Nova Scotia at 1.309 and Ontario’s 0.698 per capita figures and you have the top end of the Canadian leaderboard when it comes to the number of indie bookstores per capita in each province.

The provinces that bring up the rear, according to our research, are Newfoundland and Labrador (0.555), Alberta (0.500), Manitoba (0.475) and New Brunswick (0.473). To read about Ontario sportsbook apps and check out reviews, stick with us at


Christopher Boan is a writer at He's covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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