Review: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, Toronto International, Canada
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?
This post is one chapter on our trip to the Republic of Tanzania and the Islands of the Seychelles. This trip was redeemed through Air Canada’s Aeroplan and enhanced through World of Hyatt and Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status. 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.
Read More from This Trip
- Trip Introduction: Zanzibar, Tanzania and Islands of the Seychelles via Air Canada and Turkish Airlines Business Class
- Air Canada Signature Business Class: Vancouver – Toronto
- Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge: Toronto International Terminal
- Turkish Airlines Business Class: Toronto – Istanbul
- Turkish Airlines Business Class: Istanbul – Dar Es Salaam
- The Hyatt Regency – The Kilimanjaro, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
- Precision Air: Dar Es Salaam – Zanzibar
- The Residence Zanzibar by Cenizaro, Zanzibar, Tanzania
- Crossing the Island of Zanzibar, Tanzania
- The Park Hyatt Zanzibar, Tanzania
- The Decorative Doors of Stonetown, Zanzibar, Tanzania
- Among the Horrors at the Slave Trade Market, Stonetown, Zanzibar
- Emerson Spice Tea House Restaurant, Stonetown, Zanzibar
- Cruising into Sunset on a Dhow Cruise, Zanzibar
- Precision Air: Zanzibar – Dar Es Salaam
- Kenya Airways: Dar Es Salaam – Nairobi
- Kenya Airways: Nairobi – Mahé, Seychelles
- Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove, Mahé, Seychelles
- The Beaches of Beau Vallon, Mahé, Seychelles
- Cat Cocos Ferry: Mahé – Praslin
- The Chateau des Feuilles, Praslin, Seychelles
- Tortoises at Anse Lazio and Vallée de Mai, Praslin Island, Seychelles
- The Beaches of Praslin Island, Seychelles
- Air Seychelles: Praslin – Mahé
- Salon Vallée de Mai Business Lounge, Mahé, Seychelles
- Turkish Airlines Business Class: Mahé – Istanbul
- Turkish Airlines Arrivals Lounge, Istanbul Atatürk
- Turkish Airlines E Tour, Istanbul, Turkey
- Turkish Airlines Business Class: Istanbul – Toronto
- Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto International Airport, Canada
- Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, Toronto Domestic
- Air Canada Signature Business Class: Toronto – Vancouver
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.
We wandered down the usual connections path from the Domestic Terminal towards the escalators up to the E connection gates.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The lounge was pretty spacious, although every time I have been through, it has usually been quite full.
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.
There were also cold salads and other lighter foods. The usual Maple Leaf Lounge standard fare tortilla chips and salsa were also available.
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.
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.
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.