Review: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, Montréal Domestic, Quebec, Canada.
Air Canada offers a fairly consistent lounge network throughout its network. At it’s major hub airports, Air Canada offers up to three different lounges in it’s domestic, trans-border and International zones at its major hub airports at Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Today’s visit was to the Montréal Domestic Lounge at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.
This post is one chapter on our third Round the World trip via South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, the Maldives and India. This trip was redeemed through Air Canada’s Aeroplan and through Starwood Preferred Guest (Marriott Bonvoy) and Hyatt Gold Passport (World of Hyatt) loyalty programs. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.
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- Trip Introduction: Vietnam, Maldives and India. Round the World #3 in Star Alliance Business Class via Air Canada, Asiana, Singapore, Air India, Turkish Airlines Business Class
- Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge – Vancouver International
- Air Canada Business Class: Vancouver International – Seoul Incheon
- The Nest Hotel, A Member of Design Hotels, Seoul, Incheon
- Asiana Business Class Lounge: Seoul, Incheon
- Asiana Business Class: Seoul Incheon – Ho Chi Minh City
- The Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers, Ho Chi Minh City
- The Sights and Sounds of Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Restaurant Review: Nhà Hàng Ngon, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
- Trading at Ben Thanh Market and Street Life in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Travelling the Mekong River. Travelling Ho Chi Minh City to Thù Thùa, Vietnam
- Travelling the Mekong River. The Canals of Thù Thùa, Vietnam
- Ho Chi Minh City Airport Lounge – Fin Bar
- Singapore Airlines Business Class: Ho Chi Minh City – Singapore
- Westin Singapore
- Shopping at Retail Giants on Orchard Road, Singapore
- Singapore Airlines Silver Kris Lounge: Changi Airport Terminal 2
- Singapore Airlines Business Class: Singapore – Male
- Hotel Jen Maldives Malé by Shangri La, Malé, Maldives
- Street Life in Malé. A Day Walking the Republic’s Maldivian Capital
- Maldivian Moonmia Domestic Lounge, Malé Ibrahim Nasir Domestic
- Maldivan Airlines: Malé – Koodhoo
- Park Hyatt Maldives
- Circumnavigating Hadadaa Island, Maldives
- The Guided Back of House Tour, Park Hyatt Maldives
- Snorkelling the Park Hyatt Maldives House Reef
- Sunsets on Hadahaa Island, Hudavdoo Atoll, Maldives
- The Leeli Lounge – Male International Airport
- Air India: Male Thiruvananthapuram
- Air India: Thiruvananthapuram – Chennai
- Air India Maharajah Lounge: Chennai Madras International Airport
- Air India Business Class: Chennai – New Delhi
- The Leela Palace, New Delhi, India
- Jama Masjid, New Delhi
- Stepping into Chandi Chowk, New Delhi, India
- Overland Travel: New Delhi to Agra by BMW Luxury Sedan
- The Taj Mahal, Agra, India
- The Walled City of Agra, Agra, India
- Air India Maharajah Lounge, Indira Ghandi Domestic, New Delhi
- Air India: New Delhi – Jaipur
- The Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, India
- Walking the Old City of Jaipur, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, and City Palace, Jaipur
- A Day in the Footsteps of Royalty, Touring Amber Fort, Jaipur
- Air India: Jaipur – New Delhi
- ITC Muraya Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, New Delhi
- The Plaza Premium Lounge, Indira Ghandi International Airport, New Delhi
- Turkish Airlines Business Class: New Delhi – Istanbul
- Turkish Airlines Istanbul Atatürk Business Lounge
- Turkish Airlines Business Class: Istanbul – Montreal
- Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge – Montreal Domestic
- Air Canada Business Class: Montreal – Vancouver
Review: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport – Domestic Gates, Montréal Quebec, Canada
We collected our bags from our Turkish Airlines Business Class Istanbul – Montréal flight and cleared customs. We hit up the Air Canada Connections desk with our luggage in tow. Despite our bags being tagged through to Vancouver (from New Delhi), the agent mentioned that we had not officially been checked in to our Air Canada flight. Thankfully, we still had about fifteen minutes prior to the flight officially closing at about T-75.
Locating the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Montréal Domestic:
We headed upstairs via the public side of the arrivals hall and went straight to the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, or the Salon de Feuille D’Erable as it’s known in French here.
The lounge is located near Gate 1 – 3 of the Montréal Domestic Wing
The lounge is very easily located on the main concourse, and requires a short elevator ride up one level to the lounge area.
Accessing the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge:
The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge was accessed today courtesy of our business class ticket for our Air Canada Business Class Montréal – Vancouver flight. Unlike in the United States, Air Canada allows for lounge access when flying in domestic or trans-border first class.
You could also get access into the lounge through a business class ticket on Air Canada under the Star Alliance Lounge policy, by purchasing an annual lounge membership, or through select Canadian based credit card memberships.
Inside the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge:
The lounge has expanded and relocated wholly upstairs since my last visit. It now offers a slightly larger space. Despite this, I find this particular location to be among the less inspiring lounges in the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge system, thanks to it’s small footprint and old school “small room” design.
The lounge offers seating in small compartment spaces, which offers a somewhat intimate bunch of areas. While this is great when the lounge isn’t occupied, it doesn’t work so well when the lounge is busy; like it was on our visit today.
Unfortunately, today’s visit was packed with the weekday evening commuter crowd and there weren’t many places to sit. Looking back at these pictures, you can tell North America is on the fast pace of business. Compared to our experiences in India, everyone in North America on the phone or working on whatever leftovers they didn’t get to during the day. It was a pretty busy place today, with not a lot of places to sit.
We ended up settling for a coffee table pair of seats which is usually our last choice since there wasn’t a lot of spare room. It was a somewhat odd ball skinny lounge chair seat in a high density layout. There was nothing like sitting in your neighbours lap, which was unfortunately today’s result. As a result, we ended up chatting with a contractor that was returning from Iraq on our earlier Turkish Airlines flight in business class.
Food and Beverage:
The lounge offered a small buffet, which was situated in the centre of the lounge. As with most Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounges, the food and drink was completely self serve.
The Montreal Maple Leaf Lounge offered the usual salads, cut vegetables and other typical Air Canada offerings. In helping ourselves into a snack, we settled into the usual drink dispenser drinks.
I went out to find a shower and unfortunately, there weren’t any in the domestic lounge… only the international Maple Leaf Lounge. This was a bit of a minus here as it seems that they are needed the most after arriving off an International flight, considering that Domestic connections within Canada can be over 6 hours long.
My Thoughts on the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Montréal Domestic:
As we left, I was a little underwhelmed by the Montreal experience. Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau really wants to expand to compete with the other eastern airports by having these international flights pass through. It’s often been a favourite of mine to connect through for increased availability of international upgrade opportunities in years past. Unfortunately, their amenities and facilities are really on the small scale in comparison to the larger connection hubs like Toronto Pearson and Chicago O’Hare. Fortunately, it was only one more trans-continental flight until home and the end of another amazing trip!