Welcome to The Nautical Mind Bookstore

An independent bookstore and chart agency, The Nautical Mind has been delivering personal and professional service from our storefront in Toronto Harbour since 1980, and from nauticalmind.com since 1995. Our clients range from dinghy sailors on Georgian Bay to cargo vessel captains in Hong Kong, while our staff includes seasoned tug, tall ship, and yacht crew. The selection of marine books and charts we carry is unmatched — if you need any information on ships or the sea, we’ll send it your way—quickly, reliably, seven days a week.

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Guest Blog: Voyaging With Kids

This guest blog is from Lin Pardey, about Voyaging with Kids, a new book from Sara Dawn Johnson, Behan Gifford and Michael Robertson that the Pardeys are publishing. The  overwhelmingly favorable reactions from early readers of Voyaging with Kids: a Guide to Family Life Afloat has prompted L&L Pardey Publications to create its first full […]


John Graves Simcoe Day (for those in Toronto)

This is the August Long Weekend- and so on Monday is (what is known in Toronto, only) as John Graves Simcoe Day. Interestingly, the rest of Ontario’s municipalities chose to not honour Upper Canada’s first Lieutenant-Governor in this way. Simcoe is a fascinating character, with some tenuous but interesting maritime connections. He was born in […]


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 Official Distributors for

International Maritime Organisation
Canadian Hydrographic Service
Witherby's Seamanship International
Wooden Boat Publications
Random Penguin
Dok Mar
The Nautical Institute
McGraw Hill
Paradise Cay
Imray Iolaire
Brown, Son & Ferguson

  What our Customers Say

I am so Happy and greatfull!!! I received the book today!!! Perfect!!! Thank You very much!!!

You would not believe it but it turned up last night! Must have been karma.Thank you for your great service, we will definitely be buying again.

Thanks. Your web site is awesomely easy to use, all is clear and understandable… pleasure to do business with you.

Good day, thanks for your assistance. Well rec’d books today. I have to say that you guys are the best. Good service and efficiency. Thanks a lot. Looking forward to ordering books from you again.