Canada - Where to Get Postcards

This is a wiki of local Canadian stores where you can get postcards, organized by province and city. Feel free to edit it — just click the image button underneath this post.

Any province

  • Head to your post office: Many post offices sell postcards pre-stamped for international destinations. The cost of such postcards is the same as buying an international stamp.
  • Check out your local thrift shops and any place that sells donated stationery. Examples include Salvation Army Thrift Store, Value Village, and church thrift shops.
  • Don’t forget your local museums, art galleries, zoos, aquariums, visitor centres, etc.

British Columbia

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Interior

  • Princeton Museum: FREE postcards about the area and local wildlife. (167 Vermilion Ave, Princeton, BC V0X 1W0)

North Vancouver

  • Grouse Mountain: The Spirit Gallery Gift Shop at Grouse Mountain offers a solid selection of unique postcard images connected to this local mountain attraction. (6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC, V7R 4K9)
  • Polygon Art Gallery: Postcards featuring images from the rarified world of fine arts photography can be found in the book shop upstairs as well as in the main gift shop on the main level. (101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver, BC, V7M 3J4)

Vancouver

Overall, it’s easy to find touristic postcards in Vancouver. Many places sell some (usually the same from one place to another one).

  • Book’mark The Library Store: The bookstore located in the gallery of Vancouver’s Central Library sells postcards. Some are on a display, and some are next to the cashier’s station
  • Chantou International Coin & Stamps: A decent collection of old postcards --unused and used-- near the front door for low prices. (6537 Fraser St, Vancouver BC V5X 3T4)
  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens: The Seven Treasures Gift Shop offers a diverse selection of postcards featuring a selection of images from the first Chinese classical garden built outside of China as well as images from Chinese culture. There is also a strong representation of postcard images by local illustrators; prices will be higher than average. (578 Carrall Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 5K2)
  • Genki Stationery: One of the little shops in the gallery of Vancouver’s Central Library sells a selection of Vancouver tourist cards. (350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver BC V6B 6B1)
  • Nice Art Gallery, Granville Island: The photographs on the black & white postcards are from Zak, the owner of the store (1551 Johnston St #105, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9)
  • Postcard Place, Granville Island: An entire store of just postcards (11-1666 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3S2)
  • Regional Assembly of Text: Lots of letter-writing materials, some postcards (3934 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P2)
  • Science World Gift Shop: Solid selection of tourist postcards of Vancouver. (1455 Quebec St., Vancouver, BC. V6A 3Z7)
  • The Ocean Floor, Granville Island
  • The Raven And The Bear, Granville Island
  • Urban Source: Art supply store that sells reclaimed materials. An eclectic mix of new and vintage postcards are available. (3126 Main St. Vancouver, BC V5T 3G7)
  • Vancouver Art Gallery, Gallery Shop: The gallery shop has a couple of different rotating kiosks with single art-themed and/or art-related postcards, as well as various packaged sets of postcards amidst the large nook with boxed sets of notecards. (750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7)
  • White Rock Museum & Archives: They have both modern and historical White Rock postcards (14970 Marine Drive, White Rock, BC V4B 1C4)
  • White Rock Beach Gallery: A wide selection of postcards (1E2, White Rock Promenade, White Rock, BC)
  • Your Dollar Store With More: They have about 2 rack’s worth of Vancouver postcards (both scenic and Canadian mascots) at the entrance, with very reasonable pricing. Their stock gets replenished quite regularly ( 811 Carnarvon St, New Westminster, BC V3M 1E9)

Victoria

  • Regional Assembly of Text: Lots of letter-writing materials, some postcards (560 Johnson St #116, Victoria, BC V8W 3C6)
  • The Papery: Assorted stationery goods plus some postcards (734 Fort St, Victoria, BC V8W 1H2 - new location eff Nov 2020)
  • Northwest Origins is a First Nations-owned gift shop that specifically sells a range of First Nations/Indigenous-produced and -themed postcards along with other stationery (907 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 1X5). Some of their postcards are also sold at Cedar Moon next door.
  • Cool As A Moose: a good selection of Lantern Press postcards (Victoria/Vancouver Island) plus assorted tourist postcards (1009 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 1X6)
  • The gift shops lining Lower Government Street from Humboldt to Johnson are the go-to place for tourist postcards featuring Victoria, B.C., Canada, and Canadian wildlife. Shops include: Spirit of Victoria (811 Government), Pier 815 (815), Northwest Origins (907), Cedar Moon (910), Government Street Gift Shop (921), Save On Souvenir (1001), Cool as a Moose (1009), Sasquatch Trading Ltd. (1223), Overboard Gifts (1308), Souvenir Outlet Victoria (1314), and Cowichan Trading (1328).
  • The Royal BC Museum Gift Shop has a small line of postcards, including some First Nations/Indigenous-themed cards. Museum and IMAX members can get a small discount with proof of membership.

Alberta

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Banff

  • Banff gift shops: Almost every shop there has some postcards (Banff, AB)

Edmonton

  • Edmonton Valley Zoo gift shop: A few 3D designs (13315 Buena Vista Road &, 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7)
  • Muttart Conservatory gift shop: Lots of beautiful postcards (9626 96a St NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 4L8)
  • West Edmonton Coin & Stamp: Some postcards and huge number of old stamps (8882 170 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5T 4J2)
  • When Pigs Fly (10470 82 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A2)
  • Submart ( University of Alberta Student Union Building) : Alberta, Edmonton and UofA themed postcards by a local photographer and a good selection of Canadian postage paid cards
  • Tix on the Square ( Churchill Square) : lots of postcards. Rather expensive, but the cards are by local artists

Jasper

  • Jasper gift shops: Almost every shop there has some postcards (Jasper, AB)

Lamont County

  • Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village gift shop: Few postcards (195041 Highway 16 East, Lamont County, AB)

Mayerthorpe

  • Mayerthorpe Visitor Centre: Some postcard designs (4602 52 St, Mayerthorpe, AB)

Stony Plain

  • Multicultural Heritage Centre: Lots of postcards and also some free ad cards (5411 51 St, Stony Plain, AB T7Z 1X7)
  • Stony Plain Visitor Information Center: A very few designs (4815 44 Avenue, Stony Plain, AB T7Z 1V5)

Wembley

  • Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum gift shop: Only a few designs but with dinosaurs (9301 112 Ave, Wembley, AB T0H 3S0)

Wetaskawin

  • Reynold’s Museum Gift Shop: Vehicle-related postcards (Wetaskawin, AB)

Manitoba

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Morden

  • Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre (111 B Gilmour St, Morden MB R6M 1N9)

Winnipeg

  • Two Rivers on the first floor, Forks Trading Company on the 2nd floor: Generic touristy postcards of Canada and specific to Winnipeg and Manitoba. (1 Forks Market Road)
  • Teekca’s Aboriginal Boutique at The Forks, 2nd floor: Indigenous art, and old pictures of Indigenous peoples (1 Forks Market Road)
  • Hallmark: Generic touristy postcards of Canada and specific to Manitoba and Winnipeg (various locations)
  • Canadian Museum for Human Rights (85 Israel Asper Way)

New Brunswick

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Alma

  • Moose’n Around Gifts & Apparel - 8591 Main St

Nova Scotia

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Baddeck

Barrington Passage

  • Dan’s Bargain Centre - 3664 Highway 3

Halifax

  • Atlantic News - 5560 Morris St
  • Art Gallery of Nova Scotia - 1723 Hollis St - Postcards featuring some of Maud Lewis’ artworks
  • Bookmark Halifax - 5686 Spring Garden Rd
  • Halifax Central Library - 5440 Spring Garden Rd - Central Library postcards
  • Hallmark (Halifax Shopping Centre) - 7001 Mumford Rd
  • Jennifer’s Of Nova Scotia - 5635 Spring Garden Rd

Ontario

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Ingersol

  • Cheese and Agricultural Museum - 290 Harris Street, 1 kilometre north of Hwy 401 at Exit 218. Small selection of random older cards and some (vintage reprints?) related to local area and agriculture.

Ottawa

Paris

Toronto

  • TOWN - Features a full wall of individually sold postcards, however they are not listed on their website and must be purchased in store. (1187 Bloor Street West)
  • Hanji Gifts - Recommend shopping in store for full selection. (619 Bloor Street West | 940 Queen Street West | 1568 Bloor Street West)
  • Kid Icarus - 205 Augusta Avenue
  • Page & Panel: The TCAF Shop - Found within the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street)
  • Paper Plus Cloth - More letter writing sets and accessories than postcards, but their stock changes often. Recommend going in-store for full selection. (1340 Queen Street West)
  • Curiosa - Harry Potter-themed shop with all HP-themed postcard sets (320 Harbord St)
  • Juxtapose Cards & Gifts - Cute gift store with a small selection of postcards. (430 Bloor Street West)
  • Secret Planet Print Shop - 698 Coxwell Ave
  • Silver Antelope - 1231 Woodbine Ave
  • Spacing Store - Small selection of Toronto-themed cards (401 Richmond Street West - east side of building)
  • Labour of Love - 223 Carlton St
  • CN Tower Gift Shop - 290 Bremner Blvd
  • Casa Loma Gift Shop - 1 Austin Terrace
  • The Paper Place - 887 Queen Street West
  • Just You Sarah & Tom - Cards here are mostly anime and kpop-themed. (624 Bloor Street West)
  • Red Pegasus - 628 College Street
  • Most souvenir shops in the city, especially in areas with heavy tourist traffic, will have postcards.

Prince Edward Island

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Charlottetown

  • Bayberry Lane - 156 Richmond St
  • Bookmark - 172 Queen St

Québec

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Le Bic

  • Boutique SÉPAQ - Ferme Rioux - Postcards featuring the park’s landscape

Matane

Montréal

Saskatchewan

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Moose Jaw

  • Tourism Moose Jaw Visitor’s Centre: Some Saskatchewan scenes, the Tutor Jet, and Mac the Moose (450 Diefenbaker Dr, Moose Jaw, SK S6J 1N2)
  • Western Development Museum Gift Shop: Similar to Tourism Moose Jaw but a better price (50 Diefenbaker Dr, Moose Jaw, SK S6J 1L9)

Regina

  • MacKenzie Art Gallery Gift Shop: They have a few designs which can also be found at the museum and also more expensive artist sketch reproductions (3475 Albert St, Regina, SK S4S 6X6)
  • Royal Saskatchewan Museum Gift Shop: Various Saskatchewan and Regina scenes (2445 Albert St, Regina, SK S4P 4W7)
  • Saskatchewan Legislative Building: Single multi-view card of the Legislative in the four different seasons. You need to ask security for it (2405 Legislative Dr, Regina, SK S4S 0B3)
  • Saskatchewan Science Centre Gift Shop: Various Saskatchewan scenes (2903 Powerhouse Dr, Regina, SK S4N 0A1)

Saskatoon

  • Remai Modern Gift Shop: Remai Modern branded postcards and other art oriented postcards (102 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0L3)
  • The Berry Barn (830 Valley Road) - typical tourist postcards
  • Relay Shop Post-Security at YXE Airport: Selection of Canadian and Saskatoon themed postcards. A convenient place to purchase postcards of Saskatoon at the beginning or the end of the trip. Canada Post mailboxes available for sending mail in the pre-security area of the airport. (Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport, 2625 Airport Drive, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7L 7L1)
  • Ukrainian Museum of Canada: The gift shop of the Ukrainian Museum of Canada contains a modest inventory of vibrantly coloured floral and animal themed postcards by Ukrainian artists. Look for their own branded postcard advertising their museum. Prices will be higher than average. Call ahead for hours before visiting. (910 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7K 3H5)
  • Wanuskewin Gift Shop - Gift shop of Wanuskewin Heritage Park with products by Indigenous makers. March 2023 update: No postcards available for sale at their Broadway location or their Penner Road location. (810 Broadway Ave | RR #4, Penner Road | 203 Dakota Dunes Way)

Online

Etsy

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Good partial list Adam, you should add the online ones to the main wiki under Canada so it’s easily available to people down the road.

You can also purchase postcards in person at Canada Post offices. There is a good variety to choose from and they come postage paid (international rates). You basically pay for the international postal rate and get the postcard free. Some of the stamps match the picture on the front of the card too!

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Yes I have purchased a postcard from a nearby postcard printing service. There are varieties of postcard designs available in that store

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Hey!
I live in Canada and I am having a hard time finding postcards to send anyone have any suggestions
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You can check in North America section

You can also buy online https://www.pcfsouvenirs.com/
I love receiving cards sold by that company. They are beautiful.

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Thanks these are beautiful

I highly recommend @Stinkypaw ’s online postcard shop:

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Send me your address in a PM & I will send you (4) postcards from Canada…FREE

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Where in Canada do you live? We have started a listing at the top of this topic of local businesses and some online shops here in Canada where you can find postcards. It is group sourced, so the more people who add to the list, the more complete it will become.

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I have a personal list going of shops in Toronto, should I list here and someone else will add up top or should I edit the original post directly?

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You can add it directly to the top post—thanks for helping fill it out!

Have updated the wiki with shops in Toronto and Montréal, as well as a couple from Ottawa and Paris, ON. Happy Post-shopping :wink:

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Perhaps add Canada Post’s online option too? It’s really worth having when your local P.O. doesn’t have much selection! And shipping to your home is free when your order is $25 or more.

You can buy:

Postcards homepage:
https://store.canadapost-postescanada.ca/store-boutique/en/14/c/postcards

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Hello,
Where can I buy Christmas postcards (Not the folded greeting cards) ?
Any store in Toronto or anywhere online?

I would check Etsy for christmassy or wintry postcards! I know TravelTrinketsCanada has two cute Christmas sets :blush:

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EDMONTON — I found about a dozen different kinds of Edmonton-themed postcards for sale at the trinket shop named “When Pigs Fly” on Whyte Avenue for $1.25 apiece.

10470 82 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A2, Canada

I don’t seem to have the option to edit the original post. Perhaps someone will do it for me.

A postcard source that’s often overlooked is museums; they usually have the standard tourist fare, plus a few more unusual ones, related to their collections.

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You should be able to edit the post yourself. Anyway, I added the store you mentioned to the list. Thanks!

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