Sports Equipment

Pre-registration

We invite you to pre-register your sports equipment at least 24 hours before your flight by contacting Air Canada Reservations, Air Canada Vacations or your travel agent.

Please note, however, that pre-registering sports equipment does not guarantee that Air Canada will be able to accommodate each item on your flight(s). Please reconfirm with the airport check-in agent at time of check-in.

Packing instructions, waivers and charges

Sports equipment bags and cases must not contain clothing or other personal items. They must be used only to carry sports equipment.

Select from the options below to view packing instructions, waivers, charges and additional details as they apply to the transport of specific items of sports equipment.

Archery equipment - bows and arrows

Bows and arrows are accepted as checked baggage.

Charges

If your baggage count (item in this category + number of other bags to be checked) exceeds the maximum number of items allowed by your fare type, additional checked baggage charges will apply.

Packing instructions

Bows and arrows must be suitably packaged in a rigid and/or hard shell container specifically designed for shipping.

If otherwise packaged, items may be refused for carriage. Air Canada is not liable if and to the extent that any damage results from the inherent defect, quality or vice of the baggage.

Avalanche rescue equipment

Please see our Restricted and prohibited items page.

Bicycles

Bicycles are accepted on a space available basis only and should be pre-registered at time of booking. Each bicycle counts as one piece of baggage towards the maximum number of checked bags allowed by your fare type.

Weight and size limits:

  • Maximum weight: 32kg (70lb)
  • Maximum linear dimensions (length + width + height): 292cm (115 in)

Air Canada Cargo handles the shipment of bicycles that exceed these limits.

Waivers

No overweight or oversize charges apply to bicycles, provided they are within the maximum weight and size limits indicated above.

Charges

If your baggage count (bicycle + number of bags to be checked) exceeds the maximum number of items allowed by your fare type, additional checked baggage charges will apply, in addition to a fixed handling charge.

Handling charge
In addition to any applicable additional checked baggage charges, bicycles are subject to a handling charge of $50 CAD/USD (plus applicable taxes) for carriage on Air Canada and Air Canada rouge flights, as well as on Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz, Sky Regional, Air Georgian and Exploits Valley Air.

  • The handling charge applies to one-way flights and for each way of travel on round-trip and multi-segment flights.
  • A single fixed handling charge is waived:
    • When you purchase a Latitude or Business Class fare for travel within Canada, and between Canada and the U.S.
    • If you are an Altitude member, provided your baggage count (bicycle + number of bags to be checked) does not exceed the maximum number of items allowed by your Altitude status.

Packing instructions

The bicycle must be placed - with handlebars fixed sideways and pedals removed - in a rigid and/or hard shell container specifically designed for shipping or in a bicycle suitcase (in the case of collapsible bicycles). Tires must be partially deflated.

If otherwise packaged, the bicycle may be refused for carriage. Air Canada is not liable if and to the extent that any damage results from the inherent defect, quality or vice of the baggage.

Boating / Fishing equipment
When packed separately, each of the following counts as one piece of baggage towards the maximum number of checked bags allowed by your fare type:
  • fishing rod in rod case + tackle box
  • tackle bag + reels
  • landing net
  • boots
  • life jacket
One self-inflating life jacket per person is accepted in both carry-on and checked baggage provided:
  • it is fitted with a maximum of two small cylinders of carbon dioxide or another suitable gas in Division 2.2, and
  • it is accompanied by no more than two spare cylinders.

Waivers / Charges

Fishing rod in rod case:

NO
oversize or additional piece charges apply if carried with tackle box.

All other additional checked baggage rules apply.

Packing instructions

The fishing rod(s) must be packaged in a rigid and/or hard shell container specifically designed for shipping.

If otherwise packaged, items may be refused for carriage. Air Canada is not liable if and to the extent that any damage results from the inherent defect, quality or vice of the baggage.

Broomball/curling equipment

One broom + one equipment bag count as one piece of baggage towards the maximum number of checked bags allowed by your fare type.

Waivers / Charges

NO oversize or additional piece charge applies to broomball/curling broom if carried with equipment bag .

All other additional checked baggage rules apply.

Packing instructions

Items must be suitably packed in rigid and/or hard shell container specifically designed for shipping.

If otherwise packaged, items may be refused for carriage. Air Canada is not liable if and to the extent that any damage results from the inherent defect, quality or vice of the baggage.

Firearms used for sporting activities

Firearms used for sporting activities (e.g. hunting rifles, BB guns, biathlon rifles and paintball guns) are accepted as checked baggage only. Please refer to the Firearms section of the Hunting equipment page for important information.

When packed separately, each item in this category counts as one piece of baggage towards the maximum number of checked bags allowed by your fare type.

Charges

All firearms are subject to a handling charge of $50 CAD/USD (plus applicable taxes) for carriage on Air Canada and Air Canada rouge flights, as well as on Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz, Sky Regional, Air Georgian and Exploits Valley Air.

The handling charge applies to one-way flights and for each way of travel on round-trip and multi-segment flights.

A single fixed handling charge is waived for customers who purchase a Latitude or Business Class fare for travel within Canada, and between Canada and the US. Additional checked baggage rules still apply.

If your baggage count (item in this category + number of bags to be checked) exceeds the maximum number of items allowed by your fare type, additional checked baggage charges will apply, in addition to the fixed handling charge.

Packing instructions

Please refer to the Firearms section of the Hunting equipment page for packing instructions and other important information.

Paintball guns may contain cylinders. See the 'Compressed gas, cylinders' section of the Restricted and prohibited items page for details.

Golf clubs

Provided it weighs less than 23 kg (50 lb), one (1) golf bag containing approximately 14 clubs, 12 golf balls and one (1) pair of golf shoes counts as one piece of baggage towards the maximum number of checked bags allowed by your fare type.

Golf bags may contain more clubs and balls; however, overweight fees will apply if the weight of the bag is over 23 kg (50 lb).

Waivers / Charges

No oversize charge applies to golf bags.

All other additional checked baggage rules apply.

Packing instructions

Items must be suitably packed in rigid and/or hard shell container specifically designed for shipping. If otherwise packaged, items may be refused for carriage. Air Canada is not liable if and to the extent that any damage results from the inherent defect, quality or vice of the baggage.

Hockey/lacrosse/ringette/cricket equipment

One equipment bag + a maximum of 2 sticks taped together count as one piece of baggage towards the maximum number of checked bags allowed by your fare type.

Waivers / Charges

  • Hockey/lacrosse/ringette/cricket bag + equipment: No oversize charge.
  • Hockey/lacrosse/ringette/cricket stick: No oversize or additional piece charges if carried with equipment bag.

All other additional checked baggage rules apply.

Packing instructions

Stick(s) must be packaged in a rigid and/or hard shell container specifically designed for shipping. If not packaged in such a container, sticks must be taped together.

Items not in a rigid and/or hard shell container may be refused for carriage. Air Canada is not liable if and to the extent that any damage results from the inherent defect, quality or vice of the baggage.

Equipment bags must not contain any clothing.

Kiteboards, boogie boards, skim, speed and skateboards

One board or one bag containing boarding equipment counts as one piece of baggage towards the maximum number of checked bags allowed by your fare type.

  • Maximum length: 203 cm (80 in)
  • Maximum linear dimensions (length + width + height): 292 cm (115 in)
  • Maximum weight: 32 kg (70 lb)

Air Canada Cargo handles the shipment of sleds that exceed the limits listed above.

Boards exceeding 203 cm (80 in) in length are not accepted on Air Canada or Air Canada rouge flights, or on Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz, Sky Regional, Air Georgian, and Exploits Valley Air.

In addition, kiteboards are not accepted on any Air Canada, Air Canada rouge or Air Canada Express flights during additional checked baggage embargo periods.

Charges

Oversize charges apply if the board or board container is over 158 cm (62 in) in total linear dimensions (length + width + height).

Overweight charges apply if the board or board container is over 23 kg (50 lb).

All other additional checked baggage rules apply.

Packing instructions

Items must be suitably packed in rigid and/or hard shell container specifically designed for shipping. If otherwise packaged, the sled may be refused for carriage. Air Canada is not liable if and to the extent that any damage results from the inherent defect, quality or vice of the baggage.

Parachutes and parachuting equipment

Provided they meet weight and size restrictions, parachutes (including those equipped with automatic activation devices) are accepted as both checked and carry-on baggage, and count as one item toward the maximum number of bags allowed.

Parachutes must not contain gas cylinders or other prohibited items.

Charges

If your baggage count (parachute + number of other bags to be checked) exceeds the maximum number of items allowed by your fare type, additional checked baggage charges will apply.

Packing instructions

All equipment must be securely packed in a parachuting gear bag or other heavy duty sports or duffel bag.

If improperly packaged, equipment may be refused for carriage. Air Canada is not liable if and to the extent that any damage results from the inherent defect, quality or vice of the baggage.

Racquets (badminton, squash, tennis)

A racquet carrier counts as one piece of baggage towards the maximum number of checked bags allowed by your fare type.

Charges

If your baggage count (racquet carrier + number of other bags to be checked) exceeds the maximum number of items allowed by your fare type, additional checked baggage charges will apply.

Packing instructions

Racquets must be packaged in a rigid and/or hard shell container specifically designed for shipping.

If otherwise packaged, racquets may be refused for carriage. Air Canada is not liable if and to the extent that any damage results from the inherent defect, quality or vice of the baggage.

Scuba diving equipment

When packed separately, each of the following counts as one piece of baggage towards the maximum number of checked bags allowed by your fare type: empty scuba tank, air supply regulator, pressure gauge, tank harness, face mask, pair of diving fins, snorkel, knife, spear gun, air pistol and safety vest.

Charges

If your baggage count (item in scuba diving category + number of other bags to be checked) exceeds the maximum number of items allowed by your fare type, additional checked baggage charges will apply.

Packing instructions

All equipment must be securely packed in a rigid and/or hard shell container specifically designed for shipping.

If otherwise packaged, equipment may be refused for carriage. Air Canada is not liable if and to the extent that any damage results from the inherent defect, quality or vice of the baggage.

Skeleton sleds

Skeleton sleds are accepted as checked baggage.

One skeleton sled counts as one piece of baggage towards the maximum number of checked bags allowed by your fare type.

  • Maximum length: 203 cm (80 in)
  • Maximum linear dimensions (length + width + height): 292 cm (115 in)
  • Maximum weight: 32 kg (70 lb)

Air Canada Cargo handles the shipment of sleds that exceed the limits listed above.

Charges

If your baggage count (skeleton sled + number of bags to be checked) exceeds the maximum number of items allowed by your fare type, additional checked baggage charges will apply.

Oversize charges apply if the sled is over 158 cm (62 in) in total linear dimensions (length + width + height).

Overweight charges apply if the sled is over 23 kg (50 lb).

All other additional checked baggage rules apply.

Packing instructions

The skeleton sled must be securely packed in a rigid and/or hard shell container specifically designed for shipping.

If otherwise packaged, the sled may be refused for carriage. Air Canada is not liable if and to the extent that any damage results from the inherent defect, quality or vice of the baggage.

Skis, skates, snowboards and wakeboards

General allowance

Any sports item (including helmet, skates, slalom) that is checked in separately will count as one piece of checked baggage. Ski boots are the only exception (see details below).

If your baggage count (item of sports equipment + number of other bags to be checked) exceeds the maximum number of items allowed by your fare type, additional checked baggage charges will apply.

All other additional checked baggage rules apply, unless otherwise indicated below.

Skates:

If brought on board as carry-on baggage, skates must be carried and remain at all times in the appropriate travel bag.

Ski or snowboard boot bag:

  • One boot bag is permitted per passenger and will not count as a piece of checked baggage if:
    • it is carried along with skis or snowboard and
    • it contains only boots.
  • A boot bag will count as a separate piece of checked baggage if:
    • it contains - or is designed to contain - other items, or
    • it is not carried along with a snowboard or set of skis.
  • If brought on board as carry-on baggage, ski and snowboard boots must be carried and remain at all times in the boot bag.

Skis (including poles):

  • One or more sets of skis (snow or water) carried together in the same container count as one piece of checked baggage.
  • Skis and poles must be packed in a rigid and/or hard shell case specifically designed for shipping. *
  • If carried separately, a set of ski poles will count as one piece of checked baggage.
  • No oversize charge applies to skis. However, any overweight charges will apply
  • See ski boot bag information below.

Snowboards:

  • One snowboard counts as one piece of checked baggage.
  • The snowboard must be packed in a rigid and/or hard shell case specifically designed for shipping.*
  • No oversize charge applies to snowboards.
  • See snowboard boot bag information below.

Wakeboards:

  • One wakeboard counts as one piece of checked baggage.
  • The wakeboard must be packed in a rigid and/or hard shell case specifically designed for shipping.*
  • If your wakeboard is both overweight and oversized, only one of the charges will apply.

* If otherwise packaged, items may be refused for carriage. Air Canada is not liable if and to the extent that any damage results from the inherent defect, quality or vice of the baggage.

Sport balls (inflatable) and bowling balls

Inflatable sport balls such as basketballs, soccer balls and volleyballs are accepted as checked or carry-on baggage. Bowling balls are accepted as checked baggage only.

Charges

If your baggage count (item in this category + number of other bags to be checked) exceeds the maximum number of items allowed by your fare type, additional checked baggage charges will apply.

Packing instructions

The pressure in inflatable sport balls should be reduced by 50% to avoid damage to the ball during the flight.

Sport balls that are not equipped with a deflation valve may be refused for carriage. Air Canada is not liable if and to the extent that any damage results from the inability to deflate the ball.

Surfboards

Surfboards are accepted on a space available basis only and should be pre-registered at time of booking. Each surfboard counts as one piece of baggage towards the maximum number of checked bags allowed by your fare type.

  • Maximum linear dimensions (length + width + height): less than 277 cm (109 in)
  • Maximum length: 203 cm (80 in)

Waivers/Charges

If your baggage count (surfboard + number of bags to be checked) exceeds the maximum number of items allowed by your fare type, additional checked baggage charges will apply, in addition to a fixed handling charge.

No oversize charge applies to surfboards, provided they do not exceed the maximum length and linear dimensions stated above.

Handling charge
In addition to any applicable additional checked baggage charges, surfboards are subject to a handling charge of $50 CAD/USD (plus applicable taxes) for carriage on Air Canada and Air Canada rouge flights, as well as on Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz, Sky Regional, Air Georgian and Exploits Valley Air.

  • The handling charge applies per surfboard to one-way flights and for each way of travel on round-trip and multi-segment flight.
  • Two handling fees apply for two (2) surfboards packed in the same container.
  • A single fixed handling charge is waived:
    • When you purchase a Latitude or Business Class fare for travel within Canada, and between Canada and the U.S.
    • If you are an Altitude member, provided your baggage count (surfboard + number of bags to be checked) does not exceed the maximum number of items allowed by your Altitude status.

Packing instructions

The following will be accepted:
  • Surfboards packed in a rigid and/or hard shell container specifically designed for shipping.
  • Surfboards packed in a soft-sided container. *
  • Surfboards not packed in a container: Air Canada will provide a plastic transport bag.*

* Air Canada is not liable if and to the extent that any damage results from the inherent defect, quality or vice of the baggage.

Important: Paddleboards, although similar to surfboards, are not accepted as checked baggage due their length. Most paddleboards are in excess of 304 cm (120 in), which is over the maximum allowable length of 203 cm (80 in). Paddleboards must be shipped via Air Canada Cargo.


Codeshare flights/flights with other airlines

Passengers who purchase travel on a codeshare flight or a flight with another airline may be subject to the baggage policy and other rules of the airline operating the first flight in their itinerary.

For the specific terms and conditions of any Air Canada codeshare partner or other airline sold on aircanada.com, visit the operating carrier's website directly.

Items not accepted as checked baggage

The following items are not accepted as checked baggage because of their overall dimensions:

  • Bobsleighs
  • Canoes
  • Hang gliders
  • Kayaks
  • Luges
  • Paddleboards
  • Vaulting poles
  • Windsurfing equipment

They must be shipped via Air Canada Cargo.

Exception: Air Canada Cargo cannot handle shipments from or via the US as passengers are considered as unknown shippers for cargo purposes. Please contact another shipping company for this service.