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Bookworm Tour of St. Catharines

Left top: Window display of used books catches the eyes of by-goers attention attracting them into the store. Left bottom: Mostly Comics also features comics themed games alongside their comics and figurines. Right top: Russian section includes books of Russian history, politics, economics and biographies. Right middle: Book Outlet (formerly known as Book Depot), as seen from intersection of Welland Avenue and Vine Street. Right bottom: Booksmart Books is located at Scott Vine Plaza overlooking Scott St. Photos: Ambika Sangaran.


General Information

Literary tour features four literary destinations located within downtown St.Catharines and one near North End of St.Catharines. Three of the literary destinations sell used books only, one sells both new and used books and one store specializes in comics. Starting with Hannelore Headley Old and Fine Books in 1972, the booksellers in St. Catharines have grown over the years. Although the emergence of the internet, the rise of electronic books, and periodic economic recession might slow down the business a little, the bookstore owners have managed to navigate through the challenges just fine.


This tour will take you to Booksmart Books, Book Outlet, Mostly Comics, The Write Bookshop and Hannelore Headley Old & Fine Books. Booksmart Books prides in clearly labeled and alphabetically ordered inventory. Book Outlet is one of the largest bargain book sellers in North America catering to both wholesale book dealers and individual book buyers. From their location in St. Catharines and Thorold, they serve worldwide book readers. Mostly Comics specializes in selling comics. Here, you will see a 8 ½ feet tall statue of DC Comic Hero: The store is also designed with the theme colors of The Incredible Hulk.


The last two destinations are closely related to each other. The Write Bookshop and Hannelore Headley Old & Fine Books share not only the layout and design of store, but the history too.  The current owner of The Write Bookshop and the ex-owner of Hannelore Headley Old & Fine Books are siblings that came from a family of booksellers. Their family and themselves had owned and operated bookstores at Berlin, Shanghai, Montreal, Kingston, Vancouver and now, at St. Catharines.


This tour can be taken as one-day or multi-day tour, depending on your travel arrangements and the time you would like to spend at each store. An important thing to note is that, each store has different opening and closing hours. All stores are closed on Sunday. This tour can be taken by foot, bike, and public transit (depends on the transit hour). This tour is family-friendly and wallet-friendly.


Points of interest on the tour include:


Booksmart Books

Book Outlet

Mostly Comics

The Write Bookshop 

Hannelore Headley Old & Fine Books 



Tour Itinerary and Map:
Bookworm Tour



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Literary Tour of St. Catharines
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St. Catharines, Ontario
Municipality St.Catharines

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.187807
Longitude -79.231928
The STARTING POINT of this tour is at location shown on the small map (left).

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