Review: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, Toronto International, Canada

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The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Toronto International represents Air Canada’s top flagship international lounge. The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Toronto International is a reasonably new lounge offering that offers a spacious lounge area and solid food buffet amid a contemporary setting. How would this lounge rate compared to other international business class departure lounges?


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Review: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, Toronto Pearson International, Terminal One, Canada


We arrived into Toronto Pearson International Airport Terminal One on Air Canada Signature Business Class Vancouver – Toronto. With a great flight behind us, we were looking forward to more greatness on the next leg of our adventure.

Locating the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Toronto International:

We arrived into Toronto Pearson Terminal One at Gate D24, which is in the commuter airline area. The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Toronto International is located in the International Departures Terminal.

The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Toronto International
Map Courtesy of Toronto Pearson Airport Authority

We wandered down the usual connections path from the Domestic Terminal towards the escalators up to the E connection gates.

Toronto Pearson International Airport Domestic Terminal
Following Our Way to The International Terminal

We used the express travelator over to the International concourse which is an interesting contraption by Thyssen Krupp that is a double speed level travelator that moves on an accordion floor that shrinks and expands depending on where you are.

On the Accordion High Speed Moving Travellator
Nearing the End

The escalator dumped us off at the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge International Toronto. The entrance way features the neatly designed light display of the world behind the reception desk.

Arriving to the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Toronto International
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Accessing the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge:

The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge was accessed today courtesy of a business class ticket for our Turkish Airlines Business Class Toronto – Istanbul flight.

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 affiliated with American Express.

Access to the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge is also permitted for Star Alliance Gold Customers travelling in any class of travel. Access is permitted for a Star Alliance member airline operated flight which departs at the same day as the visit or latest by 05:00 AM the next morning. If your boarding pass does not carry the Star Alliance Gold indicator, you will need to also show your valid Star Alliance Gold card. Under these circumstances, one guest is permitted.

Inside the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge:

It’s my second time in this lounge. It’s always a dark affair since my flights always seem to be connecting internationally in the evening. The layout seems less impressive these days compared with some of the massive hub lounges of the world, although it is a perfectly nice lounge.

The Relaxing Waterfall at Reception

The seating areas are nicely spread out with ample spots to sit. The better spots seem to be further into the lounge away from the entrance.

Lounge Seating in the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge
Contemporary Seating in the Lounge

In addition to the main seating areas, there were also some quieter seating areas in the back that were more appropriate for groups travelling together.

Group Traveler Seating

The lounge was pretty spacious, although every time I have been through, it has usually been quite full.

Lots of Lounge Seating
Almost Occupied to Capacity in the Late Evening
Dining Zone
Tables and Chairs in the Dining Zone
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Food and Beverage:

Certain airline carriers offer a better offering for their international lounges than over their domestic or trans-border offerings. In this case, the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Toronto International featured a buffet with more substantial food offerings than at the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Vancouver Domestic lounge. There were varied hot food offerings that included meats, pasta and rice.

The Buffet Food Zone
A Wide Selection of Hot Items

There were also cold salads and other lighter foods. The usual Maple Leaf Lounge standard fare tortilla chips and salsa were also available.

Cold Salad Items
The Familiar Salsa and Corn Tortilla Chips

Despite the more impressive food offerings, the usual inexpensive wines were on pour. The wines were the same types as the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Vancouver Domestic Lounge. There were no special upgrades here in the wine category, it was the same offering as in the domestic and transborder versions.

Similar Canadian Wines
Spirits and Liquors

We didn’t stay to long. We uploaded / downloaded laptop emails and charged up with some water before heading off on our Turkish Airlines Business Class Toronto – Istanbul flight.

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The Bottom Line: The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Toronto International

All in, the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Toronto International is pretty solid international lounge. It has all that you’d need when connecting to an international flights. It’s got a reasonable buffet and some comfortable chairs to spend time in between your connection. I doubt that I would count on this place for a meal replacement, if you were hoping to get to sleep right away on your international flight, but it’s pretty good nevertheless.


If you visited the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Toronto International, what were your impressions ?

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