Waking up every hour or two, hoping the clouds would clear and the Northern Lights would be visible, was unfortunately a futile effort. It did make getting up before sunrise for the return flight easier, and the sunrays on approach to Vancouver almost made up for the disappointment earlier. (okay, not really!)
Finally got to enjoy Vancouver International Airport for a bit. It's a good-sized airport with ample native culture and local flavor within its contemporary architecture, although the stop at Tim Hortons for breakfast was... regrettable.
Shiny new Boeing 737 MAX 8 for the ride back to Los Angeles. Air Canada's new first class is much better executed than UA/AA/DL, with lots of little details that make things work better than their competitors, and a pretty high quality IFE with a nice big screen. Sadly the back of the plane is just as cramped as any other 737 MAX or A320neo... doh. Food was pretty edible, although honestly United is (mostly) just as good; can't speak for American or Delta just yet.
Some great views of the San Juan Islands, Mt. Ranier, Mt. Adams, and the Central Valley on the flight to Los Angeles. Not a bad way to end a long weekend!