Where is it?
The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge is located airside after security control and passport control in terminal 2A, which is only used for non-Schengen flights.
The location is a bit odd. The lounge is not situated in the same area as all the other lounges in the terminal but rather in the small satellite building in terminal 2A, close to gates A37-A39. The entrance to the lounge is in the basement after the escalators.
Although you can reach the lounge from any gate in terminal 2A and terminal 2C (which are entirely connected airside, you will not even notice where one terminal ends and the other one starts) the lounge is quite a walk from many of the gates, especially those located in terminal 2C.
How do I get in?
It is a bit strange having the Air Canada Lounge in terminal 2A given that virtually all other Star Alliance carriers fly from terminal 1.
Access is given to Air Canada business class passengers, Star Alliance Gold and Air Canada Altitude Super Elite 100K, Elite 75K and Elite 50K.
Technically you would also get access flying the same day on any Star Alliance carrier from Paris CDG in business class or first class and of course having a Star Alliance Gold card, but at the moment Air Canada is the only Star Alliance carrier using terminal 2A/2C.
You also get in with Priority Pass, assuming you have a flight out of terminal 2A/2C. However the opening hours follow the Air Canada timetable and the lounge is typically not open in the afternoon and evenings.
What’s it like?
The lounge is located in the basement of the satellite building which makes it somewhat dark. There are windows in the lounge but they are facing the walking pathway for arriving passengers so although you do get some daylight there is not much of a view.
The lounge is basically divided into two sides with the entrance with lobby area and reception desk in the middle. Most of the design is in wood with seats and armachairs in black.
On the right hand side there is an area with comfortable armchairs in dark leather with some side tables and plants. There is also a small business centre with work desks in this area as well as a smaller coffee, drinks and snacks counter.
The main and largest part of the lounge is on the left hand side of the lobby where you will find more seating with leather armchairs, a bar desk with bar stools and the main self-service buffet area with food and drinks.
Food and drinks
The selection of food and snacks is not exceptional but certainly not bad either for a smaller outstation lounge. There are some sandwiches, cold cuts, salads and vegetables, cheeses, desserts (chocolate cake during this visit), fresh fruits and some cocktail snacks.
As the lounge is mostly open in the morning and usually closes around 2 pm there will be breakfast items available most of the time, however at lunchtime there is usually also something hot available.
As for the drinks there are beer, red and white wine, different spirits, sodas, juices, coffee and tea.
In the smaller lounge area to the right of the reception desk there is a second snacks counter with drinks, coffee and snacks.
Free wireless internet is available in the lounge and there is a small business centre with work desks and internet computers.
There are restrooms available but no showers.
A fairly small, dark and uninspiring lounge located in the basement. Reasonable selection of food and drinks. On the positive side this is the only lounge in terminal 2A/2C accessible with Priority Pass.