Books in Kitsilano & University of British Columbia

From Dolphin Boy to The Wonky Donkey, this huge, highly inviting store – reputedly Canada's biggest children's bookshop – has thousands of novels, picture books and anything else you can think of to keep your bookish sprogs happy. There are regular author events (check ahead via the website) plus quality toys and games to provide a break from all that strenuous page-turning.

And if Creepy Pair of Underwear is not your idea of a great read (you're wrong, by the way), there's also a cleverly curated array of books for adults to explore.