Well I see you live in Brisbane, so he should be able to go on the plane in your carry-on. My bro-in-law came over on a flight from Brisbane (all my in-laws live there, and I lived on the Sunshine Coast for a while) and anyhoo the woman sitting a few rows in front of them screamed for the stewardess because there was something 'moving' under her seat. The man beside her had somehow smuggled three LARGE crayfish on board and stored them under his seat!!!
Anyhoo, enjoy Vancouver! And that photo makes me giggle too:)