Old Niagara Bookshop
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herbtreger2015
Washington DC, DC8 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Niagara on the Lake is terminally cute in a Nantucket sort of way. The homes are lovingly restored, the shops are full of things one really does't need, and pedestrians mob the streets when it's a mild day. See it once. No need to ever go back. It was a truly antiseptic Disney experience without the rides.
Written September 27, 2023
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Jim L
Pittsburgh, PA3 contributions
Aug 2023
The owner of this small bookstore has operated it since 1969. She is, by her own admission, not tech-savvy. She still writes out Visa payments by hand and runs them through one of those hand-held machines that produces a paper receipt. That is only part of the charm. The store is full of Canadiana--history, poetry, fiction, photo books, you name it. Its a pleasant place to spend half an hour or so browsing and, like me, to walk away with a book of local interest.
Written August 28, 2023
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Peter A
Syracuse, NY9 contributions
Sept 2022
I have been visiting this shop regularly since 1993 in its first incarnation on Queen Street, and have followed it on a move to King Street, and then about ten years ago to its present Regent Street location. It is utterly charming. My multitude of exceptionally positive experiences here counter some of the disparaging comments that have been left by people who apparently thought they were Charles Dickens and had great expectations. Accurately, the shop opened in 1976, so not in operation for "just over 50 years" as "PookCake" writes. It may not be a landmark stop for people uninterested in literature, culture, decency, and quality, but that is where Niagara-on-the-Lake gets separated from those who want to savor quality performances, meals, and higher-level discourse, and the substance-bereft noveau-riche posseurs who are there to show of expensive clothes or car. Each independent bookstore is unique, and the quality and breath of fiction selections is appealing to those who have a liberal arts focus. There are some excpetional local books on display, including coffee table pictorials, and an interesting array of biographies from public service to entertainment. The owner Laura may be reserved, but she is intelligent and exceptionally helpful in locating books for me. I've engaged her in a couple of enjoyable conversations, and she is matter-of-fact but not difficult or disagreeable. Don't expect her to even look up if you enter the store and no one is there. People expecting to be greeted need to realize that this is not indifference on her part, but a great respect for the privacy of her clientele. Not everyone wants to be greeted, made to feel like they are now a "friend" and need to buy something. As regards prices, the prices are entirely FAIR. The prices are list prices...it's an independent shop without the economy of scale of Barnes and Noble in the US or Chapters in Canada. If you already know what you want, buy it on Amazon for the lowest price and ship it to your home so you don't even need to venture out into civilization and get cleaned up. Niagara-on-the-Lake established itself as a world-class locale beginning in 1962 when they started with "Salute to Shaw", that has grown into a renowned theatrical experience. So it is only appropriate to share one of my favorite Shaw quotes as it is appropriate in addressing some of the other reviews: "A cynic is someone who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing."
Written May 13, 2023
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Tombow
Cambridge, Canada376 contributions
Sept 2020 • Couples
My cousin recommended this book store and I finally got here. We spent 45 minutes browsing. There is a great selection of history and Canadiana. The store is very intimate and classical music was playing the whole time we were there. If you love books, this is the place for you!
Written September 29, 2020
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BP12
Toronto, Canada7 contributions
Feb 2020
We visit this tiny book store every time we are at NOTL and find it difficult not to linger over so many interesting books. Yes the selection may be limited, but what is there is very interesting, and not as overwhelming as a huge store. The well-dressed lady minding the store (and likely was the owner) knew exactly where she got the book we purchased, and was able to tell us something interesting about it. Loved that about the store!
Written February 24, 2020
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada13,884 contributions
Jun 2019
Ah, the Old Niagara Bookshop! Described elsewhere as a “landmark stop” for having been in operation for just over 50 years, this quaint little bookstore is located in Old Town on Niagara-on-the-Lake. Both externally and internally, this little shop looks and feels much more like a grandmother’s home. All of the typical hallmarks are there: cross-stitched “open sign”; little animal trinkets throughout the store, including cuckoo clocks; the old-style furniture selection; the fact that a good number of the books are sealed in plastic wrap (I know quite a few old folks who wrap their tables and chairs in this stuff to “keep them clean”); and the use of good ol’ fashioned hand-written receipts. Oh, and yes, this place is run by an old grandmother as well – and she’s run this shop for the duration of its life. So, in the end, it’s not surprising that this charming little bookstore carries the atmosphere and ambiance that it does.

The Old Niagara Bookshop has been lauded and fondly written about for many of the reasons noted above; but how is it as an independent book seller? Well, when my partner and I patronized this shop while touring Old Niagara we weren’t very impressed. We walked in, observed some of the great Canadian texts on display (“Terry” by Doug Coupland, various Pierre Burton titles, Trudeau’s “On Common Ground”) and overheard the owner talking somewhat rudely to another patron (I only wish I’d remembered what was said). After that, we turned the corner hoping to spy an even larger collection, only to be stopped by a wall and a small collection of children’s texts. To say this place is compact would be an understatement; however, that in and of itself isn’t really a bad thing – I’ve been to many a small bookshop and left with numerous treasures. In this case, though, I was just a bit underwhelmed. “That’s it?” crossed my mind. We then promptly departed without a single purchase.

While we might rightly describe the Old Niagara Bookshop as “charming” or “delightful,” I don’t feel it’s all that great in terms of book selection. I mean, I very much appreciate that there’s a clear emphasis on Canadian history and Canadian literature, but surely we could expand this a little more? The Canadiana on display is usually of a very focused narrative, not the “true sort” the owner has described. There are histories beyond Pierre Burton.
Written September 8, 2019
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vmackmin
Lewiston, NY118 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
This was alittle book store that was not organized very well. The lady working did not greet us at all. The books were mostly paperback and were over priced. I really tried to find a book but was unsuccessful.
Written June 8, 2019
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Shirley C
Caledonia, Canada2 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
On my first and only visit to the shop, I picked up a $25 item from the used book and paper shelves. When I said I wanted to buy it the owner said she “didn’t feel comfortable selling it” to me so she wanted to keep it and research it further. I was left with the impression that, because I wanted it, she thought it must be worth more. In all my years of shopping in bookstores I have never had this happen. Very unprofessional and disrespectful to a customer. I won’t be going back!
Written June 13, 2018
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Crystal M
Embrun, Canada40 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
Truly sad that this bookshop was closed. We where visiting NOTL for our 10 year wedding anniversary. My heart was set to walk into this bookshop and explore all the good books that I could purchase and read. I'm a fan of reading so it was for sure on my list of where to stop and explore.

On arrival we parked the car and walked around the beautiful town. And when I got to the shop there was a note stating closed till November 1st (or 2nd) can't recall. And when I looked inside it was a beautiful little spot that I would have loved to step foot in. I rated this spot a 5 because I seen 2 books that I would have bought Goodnight from London *this book is on my to read list & I also wanted to get The Other Einstein
by Marie Benedict and both books where in eyes view. I cried a little inside every time we walked up the road to get back to our car. I will wait till next time we visit. Till then Enjoy this shop I'm sure it is ever readers delight!!! <3
Written October 29, 2017
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_SarahMarie_C19
Rochester, NY8 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
I went in to just see what was there and walked away with three books! It's small, but will have something for everyone. The owner is very kind and knowledgeable. Check it out!
Written October 13, 2017
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