SEA 2014: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Vancouver Airport (YVR)

After an ordinary United domestic business class flight from SFO, I landed in YVR and headed to the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge. This was the first Air Canada lounge I’ve been to.

Since I generally assume that Canada is identical to the US except that it’s colder, has┬ámore maple syrup, and politer people, I was expecting the lounge to be pretty lackluster without many amenities. While this lounge wasn’t fancy, I was pleasantly surprised and would happily take this lounge over any business class lounge by a US carrier.

Maple leaf lounge

Maple leaf lounge

More seating

More seating

The lounge wasn’t too crowded, so it wasn’t hard to find a place to sit. It’s a decent-sized space with a couple of different seating options.

Self-serve drinks

Self-serve drinks

The part that I was most surprised by was the food. 1) There was a lot of it, and 2) it was super healthy. I think this was the first time I had seen kale in an airport lounge.

Personally, I love kale, which means I was in heaven. I also appreciated that the food items were labeled with allergens for people with dietary restrictions (e.g. gluten free or vegetarian). I honestly would have stuffed myself with kale had I not been about to fly first class.

Food buffet

Food buffet

Hot food items

Hot food items

Soups

Soups

Snacks

Snacks

Healthiest lounge food ever?

Healthiest lounge food ever?

Also, the bananas were actually ripe, which I appreciate. Not a fan of the underripe green bananas.

As for criticisms, there weren’t enough power outlets, which is a common critique of most airport lounges. Possibly because most of these lounges were built before everyone was carrying so many personal electronic devices. And trying to get internet access was way too complicated for me, so I just relied on my cellphone data to check stuff.

Overall, I really liked this lounge. I think all airport lounges should try to have some healthier food options (particularly given how hard it is to eat healthily on the road), and the Maple Leaf lounge definitely delivered in that respect.

4 thoughts on “SEA 2014: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Vancouver Airport (YVR)

  1. nora

    I really love this blog man. I have never seen an airline/lounge review that goes in depth as much as you do. Really, you did a great job with this blog overall. Keep it up.

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  2. PeterinSeattle

    One detail you left out is in most Canadian Maple Leaf Lounges, unlike in the US, drinks are not only free, but self serve! Premium liquor or wine, its still serve unlike in United Clubs where you have to pay for so- called premium wine or liquor!

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