Review: Maple Leaf Lounge, YVR Transborder at Vancouver International Airport

by | Published Nov 3, 2022 | Edited Nov 21, 2022

Recently Hugh and I made a stop at the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in Vancouver International Airport on route to San Francisco. This was part of a weekend getaway trip for Frugal Flyer to see a concert at UC Berkeley (Two Friends) and also enjoy the beautiful views San Francisco has to offer. 

Our flights (Air Canada business class) had a moderate layover in Vancouver on a Thursday evening so we had the chance to check out the Maple Leaf Transborder Lounge in the US Departures area during a quieter time.

Overall we were pleasantly impressed with what this Maple Leaf Lounge had to offer. Read on for full details.  

Accessing the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, YVR Transborder

The lounge is located past security next to Gate 84 in the US Departures area of Vancouver airport. This lounge is open from 6:30 AM to 8:00 PM daily.

Map to find the Air Canada Maple Leaf Transborder Lounge at YVR Gate 84
Map showing the location of the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, YVR Transborder

We were able to access this lounge courtesy of our Business Class ticket on an Air Canada flight. A business class ticket on any Star Alliance flight would in fact get you access. 

Related: Definitive Guide to Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounges

Other ways you can gain access for yourself and one guest to Air Canada Maple Leaf lounges:

  • Complimentary for Aeroplan 35K status or higher members, or Star Alliance Gold members
  • Redeeming a Maple Leaf one-time guest pass
  • Holding a Premium Aeroplan credit card (primary or secondary cardholder)

Any of the following premium credit cards will grant eligibility: 

Credit Card Welcome Bonus Net Value
TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege 105,000 Aeroplan $1,606 Apply
American Express Aeroplan Reserve 90,000 Aeroplan $1,291 Apply
CIBC Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privilege 90,000 Aeroplan $1,291 Apply
American Express Aeroplan Business Reserve 85,000 Aeroplan $1,186 Apply

We will have a full guide to Air Canada Maple Leaf lounge access in a future article. If you don’t have Maple Leaf access, it is worth mentioning there is also a nearby Plaza Premium lounge.

Seating in the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, YVR Transborder

Overall, the inside of this lounge was pleasant, modern, and spacious. It was updated and not dated as some domestic Maple Leaf lounges tend to be.

At the entrance, we were greeted with the trademark model Air Canada airplane that is located in most Maple Leaf lounges.

The main seating area in this lounge was diverse and spacious. In combination with the large bay windows, it created a relaxed atmosphere.  

For business travelers, there was business-style seating available, complete with Herman Miller chairs, workstations, and a fax/copy machine. They had a small meeting room as well which could be very nice for anyone needing to take a call or have some more privacy to work. Power outlets were easy to find.

Food and Beverage in the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, YVR Transborder

There was a nice assortment of food options available to us, including tuna and vegetarian wraps, salads, hummus, and soups. Snacks like chocolate chip cookies and Miss Vicki’s chips are always appreciated as well. 

The non-alcoholic beverage options were also typical of any Maple Leaf lounge, including a Lavazza coffee and expresso machine, tea, water, pop, soft drinks, and juices.

The self-serve bar had a really large assortment of liquors, including Bullit, Crown Royal, Courvoisier, Narrative, Grand Marnier, Baileys, Kahlua, Captain Morgans, Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker Black, Singletons, Tanqueray, and Jack Daniels.

Alcoholic drink options in the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge YVR Transborder
Self-serve liquor options at the YVR Transborder Maple Leaf lounge

I am used to seeing 4-6 or so basic options in Domestic Air Canada lounges so this was a nice surprise that I took advantage of.

Bathroom and Shower in the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, YVR Transborder

Although we can only speak from the male perspective, the washrooms inside the lounge, located next to the reception desk, were clean and basic, as they should be. 

Strangely there were both automatic and manual faucets and soap dispensers located throughout, but I guess it doesn’t hurt to have options…

There is also a shower suite available in this lounge, located next to the bathrooms.  It includes a shower, sink, toilet, and changing table. Towels are provided.

Final Thoughts

We enjoyed our visit to the Air Canada Maple Leaf Transborder Lounge in Vancouver airport, which is a great place to relax before any transborder flights to the USA. It is conveniently located and has nice modern seating and ambiance, complemented by quality food and a plethora of drink options. 

As with most lounges, I probably wouldn’t pay money to enter, but lounges like this are definitely one of the aspects of travel hacking that makes airports more palatable.   

Reed Sutton

Reed Sutton

Founder at Frugal Flyer
Reed is addicted to the science (and art) of earning and redeeming travel points, and frequently pairs his trips with his other hobby: photography. Through Frugal Flyer, Reed aims to distill some of the complex and esoteric points strategies into digestible information. Furthermore, he hopes to use his technical expertise to develop invaluable applications and tools for the travel community.


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1 comment on “Review: Maple Leaf Lounge, YVR Transborder at Vancouver International Airport

  1. I don’t know about that. I went through that lounge twice in October on my route to Japan.
    I would say YVR lounge will give YYZ one a run for its money in the competition for bad lounge spot. It was shocking contrast with Japan lounges – when an attendant screamed at the passengers to get away from food station, because the items she unpacked were for lunch, and the lunch was supposed to begin in seven minutes. Never mind the others schedule.