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Bolen Books

111-1644 Hillside Ave | Hillside Centre, Victoria, British Columbia V8T 2C5, Canada
+1 250-595-4232
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Five Stars Isn't Nearly Enough!

There simply isn't enough good to say about Bolen Books! My husband and I go there about every 6... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2018
Kathleen B
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Victoria, Canada
A Personal Favourite!

Bolen Books is a fantastic independent bookstore and has been operating in Hillside Mall for the... read more

Reviewed 26 March 2018
PookyCake
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Victoria, Canada
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At almost 20,000 square feet, Bolen Books is one of the biggest single-location independent bookstores in Canada. We are a general interest bookstore with large sections dedicated to kids books, science fiction, cooking, travel, fiction & mystery. On our shelves are an ever-changing assortment of over 30,000 titles by some of today’s biggest authors, as well as up-and-coming names, self published authors, and more, from Canada and around the world. But our store doesn’t stop at the books. We also boast one of Victoria’s most popular selection of puzzles and board games. Our carefully selected puzzle and game titles, just like our book titles, come from right here in Victoria, BC, as well as an ever changing roster of national and international wholesalers.
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111-1644 Hillside Ave | Hillside Centre, Victoria, British Columbia V8T 2C5, Canada
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

There simply isn't enough good to say about Bolen Books! My husband and I go there about every 6 - 8 weeks and never leave empty-handed. It's local, large, well-laid out and staff are very helpful. There are places to sit through-out the store. Bolen's...More

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Reviewed 26 March 2018

Bolen Books is a fantastic independent bookstore and has been operating in Hillside Mall for the better part of 40+ years. It is, to be blunt, the primary reason I visit Hillside. Having recently completed some significant renovations, the bookstore has modernized its décor and...More

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Reviewed 19 May 2017

Bolen Books is by far my favourite book store in Victoria. The staff are incredibly helpful, and you can easily spend hours cruising around the spacious store. It's my go-to for birthdays and Christmas, plus I normally come out with a book for myself too!

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Reviewed 19 May 2017

Bolen's is our favourite place to visit as a family. Our children love to sit in the kids section and read while we browse the new trade paperbacks. They always have new stock and friendly staff. Added bonus for being an indie bookstore. A+++

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Reviewed 19 May 2017

Bolen Books is my favourite bookstore. It's huge and beautifully decorated and the staff are courteous knowledgeable. As a bonus, the location is very convenient. Free parking is a major plus as the other large bookstores in Victoria are all downtown with pay parking.

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Bolen B, Manager at Bolen Books, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

Thank you, Steve!

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Reviewed 3 May 2017

I was looking to pass some time and I figured what better way to do that than to grab a book and read/people watch?! I didn't get to the people watching because I spent my time in Bolen Books. If you are looking for a...More

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Bolen B, Manager at Bolen Books, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2017

Thanks for the review! We're glad you had a positive experience in our store

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Reviewed 14 November 2016

This is a great book store nicely located in the Hillside shopping mall. However it is more that a book store, it has a nice variety of unique items espcially during the startup of the festive season!

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Reviewed 21 August 2016

Bolands, located in Hillside Mall, is the go-to place for books away from downtown. Current titles are prominently displayed. Books are arranged by topic and are easy to locate. Good children's department. Wide aisles make for easy browsing. Helpful staff will order any title not...More

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Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is more than a book store, as they have a nice variety of items from young to the mature! It is a fairly large book store with a lay-out for novelty goods/ books / games. It's nicely located in the Hillside shopping mall and...More

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