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The top waterproof backpacks for students of all ages

Tuesday, September 6th 2022, 9:00 am - Find a backpack that can weather anything the forecast calls for when school lets in next week.

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Back-to-school is only a few days away and we’ve sourced the top backpacks that hold up well in fall weather conditions. We selected this list based on durability, appropriate sizing, and student-friendly styles for all ages. The best part is they’re all waterproof, so homework should be safely preserved inside!

Backpack for Preschool

Amazon, preschool backpacks, CANVA, waterproof backpacks for back-to-school

Rated 4.5 out of 5 based on Amazon.ca reviews

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Firstly, how cute are these designs intended for preschool or kindergarten students up to age five? Secondly, these backpacks are made of waterproof material that divers use that will effectively prevent rain or any water splashed outside the bag from soaking the contents inside. Constructed with a strap that evenly distributes the weight of the bag on the back, there are also two compartments that can hold clothing, toys, or snacks. This backpack is available in nine different animal styles, which gives plenty of options to choose your kid’s favourite!

Kids Backpack for Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary

Amazon, elementary backpack, CANVA, waterproof backpacks for back-to-school

Rated 4.4 out of 5 based on Amazon.ca reviews

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This is an excellent choice for a transitional backpack that will take your child from preschool to kindergarten to early elementary school. It has a 10-litre capacity, which is big enough to fit a standard-sized notebook. This backpack is made of lightweight yet strong water-resistant polyester, which will ensure any items will stay dry on autumn’s light drizzle days. It’s available in 20 different patterns and styles.


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Kids Backpack & Insulated Lunch Bag for Elementary

Amazon, elementary backpack with lunch box, CANVA, waterproof backpack for back-to-school

Rated 4.7 out of 5 based on Amazon.ca reviews

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This backpack is suited to young elementary students and is packed with features to make your kid’s day go smoothly at school. Not only can it withstand the elements with extra durable zippers and water-resistant fabric, but it also boasts two large compartments, padded back and shoulder straps, a supportive chest strap, a mesh water bottle holder, and an insulated lunch box for snacks or a sandwich. This bag is available in seven kid-pleasing patterns.

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Classic School Rucksack for Elementary and High School

Amazon, classic backpack, CANVA, waterproof backpack for back-to-school

Rated 4.6 out of 5 based on Amazon.ca reviews

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This classic unisex backpack gets an A+ with older elementary and high school students. This bag can be carried rain or shine because of its water-resistant outer fabric. It has a 23-litre capacity and can hold anything from a laptop, tablet, or books to personal items like a phone, wallet, or keys. The padded suede-like bottom makes it extra sturdy for studies! This bag is available in 15 different colours.

Vintage School Bookbag for High School

Amazon, vintage backpack, CANVA, waterproof backpack for back-to-school

Rated 4.6 out of 5 based on Amazon.ca reviews

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There’s no question that high school students like to be at the forefront of style. This vintage backpack can be both ported on your back or carried by the streamlined top handles. There are two side pockets to hold a water bottle and an umbrella for rainy days. Speaking of which, this bag is constructed using a high-quality, water-resistant, soft, and durable Vinylon fabric that will help keep all the contents, like a laptop, dry. It’s available in nine fashionable colours.

Laptop Backpack for High School and Post-Secondary

Amazon, The North Face backpack, CANVA, waterproof backpack for back-to-school

Rated 4.7 out of 5 based on Amazon.ca reviews

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The North Face is known for making backpacks and adventure gear designed for outdoor use. This 27-litre school bag is suitable for high school or post-secondary students that have a lot to carry with them. It has an extra padded tablet sleeve, zip pockets for extra protection, two mesh water bottle pockets, flexible shoulder straps, a padded mesh back panel and breathable lumber panel for added comfort, ventilated support, and of course, a durable water-repellent finish. It’s available in an outstanding 23 different colours to suit your personal style.


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Our trusted Product Specialists recommend high-quality items that we think will enhance your experience with Canadian weather conditions. Prices and availability of items are accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change.

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