Air Canada USA Maple Leaf Lounge Review – Vancouver (YVR)
The Vancouver International Airport is famous throughout the world for its bold, nature-based design. Running rivers, trees, indigenous carvings and totem poles are all elements that greet travelers upon arrival. Open and airy!
The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in the trans-border (USA) part of the airport picks up on the breezy aesthetic. Soaring ceilings and large plants all contribute to the successful design of this popular lounge.
Here is a review of my recent visit to this facility:
I felt connected with the outdoors, or at least the rest of the airport, in this lounge. There’s lots of glass that either looks out to the tarmac or to the departure halls. On top of this there are even sky lights.
Wood accents, greenery, and stonework all contribute to the naturalistic atmosphere. At the same time, you can tell the designers wanted to inject a sense of modernity with the use of contemporary seating and tables.
(Ten years ago, the couches and chairs may have looked hip. However, they are getting a bit long in the tooth and it might be time for a slight reno on the furniture front.)
I think the most unique part of the lounge is what I call the “Basket Conference Room.” Constructed out of woven wood, it looks like a piece of indigenous artwork. It’s an inspirational design - especially on the inside!
Food & Beverage
If you are a regular patron of Air Canada Lounges, all of the airline’s favorites are on hand in this venue.
At breakfast they feature fruits, pastries, oatmeal, and hard boiled eggs. At lunch it’s edamame, salads, and soup. On my last visit they even had chicken and arugula focaccia. This was something new – and extremely popular on my stay!! (sorry but I don’t have a picture as I was so focused on eating it!)
On the beverage front they have stock to keep everyone happy from the teetotaler – to the hard-core cocktail drinker. All the basics are on hand for spirits and wines. The only two ingredients missing are vermouth (for martini maniacs) and bubbly (for fans of glam!).
This lounge does have shower capabilities. However I’ve never used them so I don’t have any photos or intel to report (I will have to change that on my next visit).
I always have fun visiting Vancouver’s Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in the US departure area. It’s a bright and cheery facility with stunning views. I love a lounge the connects with the outside world!