About Us

Turning the Tide is at the Stand, 615 Main St., Saskatoon / Treaty 6 Territory

Open now for over ten years, Turning the Tide is Saskatoon’s best-known and best-established independent bookstore, offering a selection of fiction and poetry, and a plethora of non-fiction books on current events, sustainable living, and generally making the world a better place. You might not guess it, but we also offer cookbooks, children’s books, graphic novels, and magazines.

As well as the bookstore, we are one of the only movie rental businesses still running in Saskatoon, offering over 2500 films and TV shows on DVD and Blu-Ray! We feature the cream of the new release crop; classic and lesser-known drama, action, horror, and comedy; TV series; and a huge selection of eye-opening documentaries.

We frequently host book launches and talks by local and out-of-town authors and thinkers, as well as presenting film screenings and other community-minded events. We also organise a socially-conscious book club, Revolutionary Minds.

If you are a university or career college student, there is a good chance we are the off-campus bookstore your profs sometimes send you to for your texts. We hope you will take the time while you are here to browse our other offerings – assuming you have any free time left for reading!

Book and DVD special orders are also available by request. Just ask one of our friendly staff!

Come on down and see why Planet S readers nominate us year after year as Saskatoon’s Best Bookstore.

Support Turning the Tide and help sustain your projects

If you think Turning the Tide is a valuable resource in Saskatoon, there are ways to support it which can also support your event, reading choices, institutional learning resources, and your bottom line. Because we’re small and independent, sometimes people think that we’re not able to do things larger chain bookstores can. But check out these ways that supporting our shop can assist a project you’re doing!

Special Orders.  We can order most books in print.  If you are looking for a book that we don’t carry, give us a shot, we can probably order it for you. To inquire, send us an email to us with the book details.

Conferences. Is your organization planning a conference?  We can provide a book table of resources that will enhance the experience of the conference-goers.

Consignment with Partner Businesses. Do you know of a related business that would be interested in hosting a shelf of selected books such as a coffee shop in a small community? We love getting our literature out there and can split the revenue with our partner businesses.

Textbook Orders.  Are you an instructor or professor teaching a class?  We are experienced in providing textbooks to a range of different courses. We can even come to your classroom to sell to your students directly. Visit our textbook order page here.

Organizational Orders.  Did you know that we offer a 20% discount on orders for organizational orders for things like libraries or staff resources?

Book Clubs.  We can order your books and provide up to a 20% discount for book clubs of 5 members or more.