About Us

We're an award-winning sex shop and bookstore with something for everyone. Anyone who’s turned off by traditional sex shops will find us a welcoming and informative place to get cool and sexy stuff.

We think our customers deserve quality products and good information, and that sex should be dirty in a good way, not a shameful one. 


Core Values

We believe that everyone has the right to pleasure and that exploring sexual pleasure is key to being a healthy human being. Sexuality is a core component of personal identity, and strongly influences how we all operate in the world — from what we buy, to where we live, to how we interact with others. Everyone has the right to the shameless exploration of sex and sensuality, free from the disapproval of pleasure so often the case in our sex-negative culture.

Sexual experiences range from fun and playful to intense and healing. Pleasure that's right for one person isn't necessarily right for the next. We believe that education and self-exploration are the best way to become comfortable with our desires, and make us more understanding of desires that are not our own.

Because this is what we believe, we offer a comfortable, non-judgmental environment and a wide range of tools and toys so people can explore their sexuality and gender. With a variety of high-quality products, knowledgeable and friendly staff, and a far-ranging workshop series, Venus Envy is an educational community as well as a retail business where people can ask questions, share experiences, and empower themselves.



We were first established in April 1998 as a retail store in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Our second location opened in Ottawa's Byward Market area in January 2001. We have since moved to a bigger and better location at 226 Bank Street in Ottawa's Centertown.

Our stores carry high-quality adult products and offer our customers respectful, well-informed advice and education. Our attention to education and customer service has consistently won both our stores "Best Adult Store" awards in polls run by the local weekly papers.

Venus Envy operates a bursary fund in Ottawa to support women and trans people working towards a degree, diploma or certificate in any subject. The Ottawa store also runs a pay-it-forward program for binders and gaffs.

We hope you enjoy learning and shopping here! Please contact us if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.