826 16 Av NW, Calgary, AB
This is no ordinary bookstore; Aquila Books is a high-end, high-quality antiquities enterprise, teaming with rare and extraordinarily valuable collectables.
|Store Type |||Gifts, Books|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa, Cash|
|Getting There |||Right on 16 Ave at the West End where it is the Trans Canada Highway|
|Mon – Saturday: 9AM – 6PM (or by appointment)|
Profile Last Updated: January 15, 2008
Aquila Books was founded in 1984 by a knowledgeable and passionate antiquarian who is still today running the vibrant business. This bookstore is a true Canadian gem – a treasure trove for old-soul collectors and Canadian history buffs. Aquila specializes in and has some of the largest collections of material relating to Polar Exploration, Mountaineering, Western Canadiana, Early voyages, the Canadian Pacific Railway, and much more. In addition to books and rare collectables, the store stocks a plethora of historic art and photos, antique maps and prints, autograph letters, and antique scientific instruments. If this is the stuff that tickles your fancy… this is your store!
What’s in Store
Check out Aquila’s lengthy catalogue of material pertaining to the history of the oil and gas industry, from early trade to the 19th century. While you’re in this section, peruse a scarce copy of the classic book: Coal Oil Johnnny – His Book. Delve into world military history – with an emphasis on Canada and Great Britain. Run your fingers over historic artefacts, pamphlets, photographs, even pilot log books. If Western Canadian History is your passion, check out the vast array of material pertaining to Canadian Mounted Police, Canadian Pacific Railway, Canadian National Railway, Hudsons Bay Company and the early fur trade. Other, more general topics include ranching, farming, exploration, transportation, immigration, ethnic history, and the list goes on. This is just a sampling of what Aquila has to offer!
When and Where
Aquila Books is open Monday to Saturday, or outside regular hours by appointment. This unique retail shop is located on the Tran-Canada Highway – an easy stop as you go west to visit the Rockies. Parking is ample and free.
Take note: Wheelchair accessible