Originally Posted by Craig57818
If you decide to check your camera equipment, a hard-shell, waterproof case will probably provide more protection from rough baggage-handler and conveyer-belt handling than a soft-sided case/backpack.
I once read an article by a guy who had been doing that for years. In addition to the camera gear, he carried a starters pistol. Even though it can't fire a slug, it's considered a firearm and must be declared. After it's inspected you're required to lock the bag. I'm not sure of the legalities of that in Canada but it might be worth looking at.