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After spending a night at the St. Regis Toronto (review here), we stopped by one of the Maple Leaf Lounges at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) before flying home to Tampa International Airport (TPA). The lounge was extremely crowded, but we found some space for our brief visit.
Access is granted to passengers flying in Business Class, Premium Rouge, Aeroplan Super Elite, Aeroplan 75K, and Aeroplan 50K Members, Star Alliance Gold members, and Air Canada Maple Leaf Club Members. Daily passes may be purchased for $49 to $79 CAD (depending on whether you’re traveling on a Premium Economy, Latitude, Comfort, or Flex fare). Guest passes are available for $59 CAD. A same-day boarding pass is required to enter the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge.
Anthony’s Take: This Maple Leaf Lounge is used for transborder crossings into the United States. It’s extremely crowded and in need of a renovation, but it offered a decent selection of food and drinks and a good place to wait for our flight. Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) has a US Pre-Clearance facility, this means that you clear immigration prior to landing in the US and exit your flight like any other domestic one. We were through immigration quickly thanks to Global Entry and had plenty of time to spend in the lounge.
After exiting the elevators, there are desks staffed by agents to check guest credentials.
The self-serve bar area has wine, liquor, beer, and soft drinks.
Wine bottles were held in these really cool chillers.
Several beers were on tap.
A coffee machine was found near the buffet.
There were lots of seasonal add-ins next to the coffee machine.
A refrigerated case held soft drinks.
Water dispensers were found on a counter near the entrance.
Lunch/dinner was being served during our visit. The buffet several hot dishes, soup, salad ingredients, guacamole, snacks, and desserts.
Vegan Sausage Pasta
Salad ingredients and guacamole
Seating & Decor
The design of the lounge is rather bland. It has lots of seating, but was packed during our visit.
This lounge offers free Wi-Fi, restrooms, magazines, and the food and beverages mentioned above.
Clocks near the entrance showed the time at several Air Canada destinations.
This lounge was fine for passing some time before our flight. The food and drinks were good and there is lots of seating. It was extremely crowded during our visit, but we had no problem finding space.
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