On Tuesday, September 5th summer is all over folks, for school-aged persons anyway. That’s the day they head back to a regular routine and you get to head back to your favourite book, brunch spot, or chore…

Here’s our list of where to shop for back to school essentials in Kits, from cool backpacks and lunch boxes to stylish shoes and fun stationery.


It’s finally time for your little big-kid to have a proper sized backpack that can fit all of the important stuff for her or his first day of school. Hip Baby on West 4th Avenue has a lovely selection of the newest range of Herschel backpacks, lunch boxes, and pencil cases. And look for reusable snack bags and containers here, too. Go to London Drugs on West Broadway for all your pencils, markers, erasers, and more from trusted brands like Crayola and Staedtler.

Elementary School

New shoes will likely be a must-have after that summer growth spurt. Aunt Em’s on West Broadway is a small but wonderful kids clothing store with a large selection of shoes from quality and comfortable brands. And head to Pebble on Arbutus Street for the linen-look range of SoYoung backpacks and lunch boxes, reusable cloth snack bags by Colibri, and Kids Konserve stainless steel snack containers. Kidsbooks on West Broadway is the best for funky and fruity pencils, markers, notebooks, and erasers.

Secondary School

The pressure is on to look cool, so trendy Urban Outfitters, Swedish backpack haven Fjallraven, and outdoor eco-friendly Patagonia, all on West 4th Avenue, will save the day (and break the bank).

Last modified: August 12, 2017

Comments are closed.