Im not going to dwell to much on Vancouver as I dont want to offend anyone. As a city it's just not for me. It's really made me want to get on this next plane and put it behind me. Very excited for Yukon
Customs were looking for ferro rods? Huh?!?! Customs, not flight security? We visited Alberta a couple of times, three and six of us, and never encountered that. Did they say why Canada doesn't like them coming in with luggage?
I haven't verified they are correct yet but they told me it was illegal to fly with them anywhere in a plane in Canada. They brought me into a room with my bag already in a scanner so I'm guessing they either scan all luggage or I got unlucky and got random searched.
They could care less about the knives or stove (which looks pretty IED like at first glance if you don't know what it is), they pulled me up about the lighter I had forgotten about but were happy once it was in my pocket and not hold luggage.
The ferro rods though they were not having at all, I talked them into letting me go back out and post the rods. But made me feel that this was pushing their good nature.
All in all it only took about 30 minutes but I was relatively lightly packed.
The only thing I can find after a very quick search is from Air Canada (I flew with WestJet), it could disqualify Fire Steels if taken literally.... The other thing that I find surprising is that MRE's are specifically prohibited.
Only one of the following items, intended for individual use, is permitted when it is when carried on one’s person (e.g. in pocket or purse):
One (1) Bic-type butane lighter, OR
One (1) USB lighter, OR
One (1) book of matches
No other type of lighter is accepted in carry-on or checked baggage.
For departures from the United-States, Bic-type lighters are the only lighters accepted past US pre-clearance checkpoints. Fuel refills are not permitted in either carry-on or checked baggage.
EDIT: I'm on the CATSA website and I can't find Ferro Rod or Fire Stick or anything similar mentioned as a prohibited item.
Glad to hear you had a great time Marc!!
Can't wait to see the trip report and photos bud!
I have recently flown from GB to mainland Europe and back again ....
on my belt I carried a altoids tin , full of charcloth and amadou (left the Chaga out as it looks a bit too much like pot)
as well as a sharp flint stone and an oval steel striker inside the tin.
Nobody in security even questioned it .
It passed straight through .
A friend, intentionally flew with a full size ferro rod in her hand luggage , with no problems at all either. Just to try it out and that went straight through as well .
I think concealed items raise suspicion , if you keep them in plain sight there should be no worries.