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Inside Air Canada's Maple Leaf Lounge at the New Winnipeg Airport

October 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM | by | ()

Late last year Winnipeg’s new airport opened (re-named the rather exceptionally long “Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport”) and, with it, came a brand spanking new Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge.

We’ve always liked Air Canada’s lounges, with their streamlined design, plentiful snackies, and generous self-serve bars. And, heading through Winnipeg's lounge on our last trip through the airport, we found that it has all of the same goodies we've come to expect from Maple Leaf Lounges at larger airports: a comfy sitting area, a dining area, a place to park it in front of the TV, and a business center with complimentary WiFi. Winnipeg's Maple Leaf Lounge also has a space with a bar-like atmosphere.

Considering that Winnipeg isn’t a large international hub airport, you won’t find showers here, but the bathrooms are sleekly designed and include Fruits and Passion toiletries. There’s also a large selection of varied magazines and, as a thoughtful shout-out to the city, some local touches with the décor. For instance, artwork is by local artist, Wanda Koop, and the huge fireplace that separates the dining area from the lounging area is made up of the particularly decorative limestone that’s only found in Tyndall, Manitoba.

On another note, while we were in the Winnipeg Maple Leaf Lounge we noticed that Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Lounges have beefed up their food selection, which now include various salads and fruit as well as their usual selection of soups, bread and cookies. As always, you can choose from a healthy selection of wine, spirits, soft drinks, hot drinks and everything else in between.

If you want to experience some of this sweet lounge goodness, it could be easier than you think. Aside from the usual access given to those who are flying business, hold Star Alliance Gold status, or have Maple Leaf Lounge membership, you can purchase lounge access when you book your Air Canada ticket online, even if you're flying economy. Prices vary depending on your type of ticket and destinations, but these details can be found on the Maple Leaf lounge website.

[Photos: Janice Tober/Jaunted]

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