YVR: Vancouver Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge - International
It seats about 100 people - and pretty much this number turn up every evening. A quiet haven during the day, it can get really really busy late at night.
The lounge is approached up a dark corridor just off slightly to the left as you pass through security. It is actually quite well hidden - don't walk straight ahead down the main concourse. Once inside, you'll immediately be struck by the large curved wall of glass, and the view of the planes. It is rammed with the usual Air Canada squashy leather armchairs. At the far end it widens out, with a tiled area with dining chairs, a small raised bar area, and a TV.
Just past reception is an odd sort of lobby area, where you - in theory - store your hand luggage. Few people do.
FoodFood is a bit poor in the International Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge - the implication seems to be that you'll have plenty of time to eat on board on the 17 hours over the Pacific. This isn't great if you want to pre-flight dine, and sleep on board.
There are only light snacks with hot soup, sandwiches, cheese, crackers, and a vast array of vegetables with dips. Early in the evening a small silver dish with pasta appears, however this is removed by about 8pm when there is just one flight left - the Sydney flight.
BarThe bar opens at 11am. There is beer on draft, while in the fridge are cans of Canadian, Coors, and Heiniken.
The spirit selection is vast. There is everything from Captain Morgan to Smirnoff, Black Label, J&B and Baileys. All in all, 11 bottles on optics, and a further 5 on the worktop.
BathroomsIn the lounge, no showers.
Business FacilitiesComputers available with free colour printing. Local phone and faxing for free.
There is free wifi.
Newspapers are good, with a decent international selection, including everything from the Straits Times to the Hong Kong Daily.
There is a great selection of magazines, from House and Home to CarGuide, on a neat little rack by reception.
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