Our History

Established in 1983, primarily as a distribution company, Vanwell Publishing Limited was a family owned and operated company located in St. Catharines, Ontario on the southern shores of Lake Ontario in the Niagara Peninsula.

Initially, operating as a small book distributor, it was not until 1986 that an effort was made to become a publisher of local history. Vanwell went on to mature and develop an excellent reputation across Canada as the largest publisher and distributor of military history titles with a special emphasis on Canadian naval and maritime history with over 100+ Canadian history titles in print by 2008.

Current History

In 2010, Vanwell Publishing Limited was superseded by Vanwell Distribution Services, operated by Simon Kooter, to carry on the family business and maintain the reputation as a Canadian distributor of quality aviation, military, and naval books from respected publishers. Vanwell presently distributes books for over 20 companies, including those from Canada, France, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and United States. We are actively searching out distribution agreements with other military history publishers.

Our books can be found at independent bookstores and a variety of non-traditional book outlets, such as hobby stores and museums. We market our books nationally and internationally, and try to ensure that they reached as wide an audience as possible. From Roman roads to Afghanistan, these and thousands of other titles are available from our large backlist.

It is Vanwell’s mandate to foster and generate an appreciation of Canadian history. It is our desire to better educate others about the contributions and sacrifices made by Canadians during periods of peace and war. We have recently partnered with Niagara Quartermaster to better showcase our military history titles, please check out their site for more information or stay in touch with Vanwell Distribution Services on FaceBook.

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