YUP.....BYPASSING CANADA WITH THE PISTOLS will work. For long guns, you have to think....'that's stupid' ...as that critter advances on you. Seems that BEAR SPRAY will be your only friend. I heard it works better than everything else, long guns included.Traveling with long guns is easy in Canada. I had my 45/70 and 12ga with me. I was reminded , at the border that the use of a firearm for protection against an wild animal was strictly prohibited in Canada. I shipped my pistols from Montana and picked them up in Tok, Ak. On the way back , I shipped them back to Montana from Tok on the way back.