Review – Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in Transborder Terminal – Vancouver

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Before boarding our United First Class flight down to SFO, we decided to check out the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in the Transborder Terminal.

The entrance to this lounge is located between gate 84 and 86. We got through security pretty quickly as Nexus card holders, so we waited for about ten minutes for the lounge to open at 5 am.

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Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge entrance
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Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge signage and hours

A single elevator takes you up to the top level where the lounge is located.

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Elevator to the lounge

Right out of the elevator, I spotted a beautiful model of an Air Canada Dreamliner in the new livery.

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Beautiful Air Canada dreamliner model

The friendly receptionist checked us into the lounge, which felt quite pleasant with the warm lighting and wood accents. It definitely felt very Canadian.

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Reception
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Reception

Most of the lounge had views overlooking the US departures area. We immediately spotted our United 737 that would be taking us to SFO parked right in front of the lounge.

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Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge
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Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge
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Our plane preparing for departure

There was a good amount of seating available along the windows, as well as near the back of the lounge looking into the terminal.

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Maple Leaf Lounge seating area
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Maple Leaf Lounge seating area
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Maple Leaf Lounge seating area

The buffet area had a limited selection of breakfast foods, such as muffins, fruits, toast, cereals and poached eggs. There was a coffee machine available, as well as a selection of apple or orange juice.

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Buffet area
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Buffet spread
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Buffet area
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Juices available
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Breakfast cereals

Cafeteria-style seating near the buffet area, overlooking the inside of the terminal.

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Dining area near buffet
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Seating area near buffet spread

The lounge had a fairly large business center that included a circular conference room. The business center had tall partitions between workstations for added privacy. It really resembles a traditional office environment, and even comes with a printer.

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Conference room
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Business center
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Business center printer

Washrooms are available near the reception, along with coat check and storage. There are no shower facilities in this lounge.

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Storage and washrooms
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Phone charging station

In Summary:

There’s not a whole lot going on at this Transborder lounge, but it’s decently comfortable with plenty of seating, and if you’re in need of getting some work done, you have a small office available to you. I wouldn’t wake up earlier to come here for breakfast, as the breakfast buffet selection was mediocre, although I can’t comment on their food offering later in the day.

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Alvin is an aviation geek, enthusiast photographer, and software developer with a goal of exploring the world. He uses mileage programs to redeem premium flight travel, and shares his experiences here on OneMoreWeekToGo.

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