Long before Amazon.ca there was Book Warehouse. When I was a kid this place served as my one & only spot for buying Christmas gifts. My parents and uncles were always good at feigning surprise about what was inside the thin rectangular wrapping paper!
There are several
locations throughout Vancouver.
What to buy: Book Warehouse stocks a mixture of new books and somewhat older ones. I don't know how their prices compare to the online bookstores, but I always enjoying browsing in their stores.