The situation in the UK is not much different than that of Canada's, the main difference is that the populace of airsofters in the UK managed to liaise and with the government and have something set up in the nick of time. Unfortunately Canada was not able to follow the same path. Our pricing on quality airsoft products are not that much different than yours across the pond. The paths are the same but the variables are different.
May you have a safe trip to Canada.
"Its only a little bit on fire"