Shopping for school supplies can make the dawn of a new school year exciting. If you or your child are gearing up for another fall term this year, the team at Bentall Kennedy Residential Services has a list of where to get your back to school essentials close to home.

Vancouver

DeSerres is a well known art and paper supplies retailer in Canada. It's also a bit of an underdog when it comes to back to school basics. With everything from paper to pens and hardcore art supplies, DeSerres is the perfect place to pick up what you need.

Langley

Opus Art Supplies is a local store in Langley that was established in 1997. With material for painting, drawing, and nearly every general purpose need that requires paper and ink, they're a local go-to for back to school season.

Victoria-Saanich

It might not be sexy on the outside but Shopper's Drug Mart has upped its game in recent years -- now offering everything from produce to pens. With a broad selection of classroom basics, Shopper's gets the job done, and it's affordable too.

New Westminster

It's hard to beat Staples. We could realistically suggest them alone for every city in Canada that has one. For anything school, office, paper, or printer - they're the king.

St. Albert

Staples yet again wins the day for St. Albert, however a short drive toward Edmonton offers a couple other decent options including Walmart and the University of Alberta Bookstore.

Edmonton

Walmart and the U of A bookstore are solid Edmonton options, but McEwan City Center Campus Bookstore is a great back to school alternative.

Calgary

Dollarama is a store we all secretly love to hate. It has it's drawbacks -- harsh fluorescent lighting, plastic off-gassing, and crowded aisles. But for school supplies you absolutely cannot beat their prices and selection. Best of all you'll find one in almost every neighbourhood in Calgary!

Toronto

While Staples, Walmart, DeSerres, and a glut of other names exist in the Big Smoke, Midoco in the Annex is our top pick for indie paper and art supplies for back to school season this year.

Markham

Curry's is another unsung art supply chain. It nails it for everything back to school in Markham.

Oakville

Canadian Tire might seem an unlikely choice for school supplies, but they do it right. From binders to notebooks, paper to pens, it's all there.

Shopping for school supplies might be the best part about returning to school in the fall. The Bentall Kennedy Residential Services blog team hopes that this list of places to shop for school supplies in your city helps you find what you need close to home this year. For more information about Bentall Kennedy properties in your city, please visit our website