Best Backpacks for Back to School 2019


School is fast approaching, and what’s a new school year without a new backpack? Backpacks are an every-school-day staple for our kids, so it’s important to find one that’s not only comfortable and functional but also one that your kid likes.

And while they may drag their feet to start back to school shopping during the summer, the right backpack might make them excited about the 2019-2020 school year. We’ve rounded up our favourite backpacks for 2019 and break down what it is that makes each one special.

Macbag School Backpack

How does a backpack that’s rip-proof sound? You might even get 2 or 3 years out of this backpack, free from the holes that seem to pop up no matter how gentle your little one is with their bag. There are 14 different colour/pattern combos to choose from, meaning you’ll be able to find something that even the pickiest kid will love.

$35.99, available on

Colour Block Backpack

We love the retro feel of this colour block backpack from Gap. And with an interior pocket as well as three exterior pockets, your kid will be able to fit everything from notebooks and pencils, to a lunchbox and water bottle.

$55, available at Gap

Skip Hop Zoo Little Backpack

This backpack is perfectly sized and designed for the preschooler in your family. There are lots of fun characters to choose from—narwhal, dragon, llama, unicorn, bunny, and more—and lunch boxes, water bottles, and other accessories that match.

$24.00, available at Indigo

SoYoung x Wee Gallery Nordic Backpack

Available in both grade school and toddler sizes, the grade school backpack is ideal for kids aged 6-11 and the toddler backpack will fit kids 2-5. Other than the adorable design and raw linen exterior, our favourite thing about this backpack is the chest clip—whether your kid is running for the bus or jumping up and down, this backpack is staying put!

$44.98 (grade school) | $39.97 (toddler), available at

Eyas Daypack

What better place to buy a backpack for your kid than MEC? They design packs for long haul hiking, so they know what it takes to make a comfortable backpack. The Eyas daypack has contoured shoulder straps and moulded foam back panel with air mesh backing carry the load comfortably, and can hold 2 binders with room for more.

$49.95, available at MEC

George Backpack

A monochromatic look might not be for everyone, but this backpack makes it look great. And the functionality of the backpack makes it great for school-aged kids as well as teens and tweens.

$21.97, available at Walmart

Fjallraven Kanken Mini Backpack

If you’re looking to splurge on a backpack, may we suggest the Fjallraven Kanken Mini Backpack? A shrunken version of their adult backpack, the Kanken Mini is perfect for young children. This backpack is from durable and light Vinylon F fabric that is water and dirt resistant. Water and dirt resistant. Any moms dream!

$89.99, available at

Parkland Bayside Backpack

Designed with style and sustainability in mind, the Parkland Bayside backpack is made of 100% recycled polyester and the classic diamond detail is made from apple skin leather. The backpack also features a water bottle pocket, front zip pocket, and an internal divider to help keep everything organized.

$44.95, available at Indigo

Jansport Superbreak Backpack

Who doesn’t love a classic Jansport? Available in an array of colours and patterns, we love the option of keeping it simple with your child’s favourite colour. The Superbreak backpack is also super lightweight and has a padded back panel for comfort.

$39.98, available at

Tracker Backpack and Pencil Case Set

If you’re looking for a backpack that can hold it all, this pineapple dream from Tracker should do the trick. With a 24-litre capacity, the bag can carry books, a change of clothes and even a laptop. The matching pencil case is a fun addition that will make sure your kid can always find their pens and pencils.

$19.99, available at Bentley

Burton Kids’ Gromlet Backpack

We love the kid-friendly buckles that Burton uses on their kids’ backpacks. They ensure that their sizing is built for youths, making it perfect for kids. The backpack features two front zipper pockets, a side pocket for a water bottle and a small laptop sleeve for safely storing any digital devices.

$49.99, available at Sportchek

Emma Verde Backpack

We love the colour of this peach Hilroy backpack. The front pocket is perfect for storing snacks and the bag is weather-proof and features a protective layer to keep your kids’ stuff safe even in the worst of storms.

$17, available at


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