Are you considering a Canadian fishing trip? Here are our top reasons why you should choose Aikens Lake, widely considered one of the best fishing lodges in Canada.
We are situated only two hours from Winnipeg, in a pristine boreal forest east of Lake Winnipeg. We are so close to Winnipeg that anyone in North America can be on our dock by 5pm the day they travel! Aikens Lake is part of the Atikaki Provincial Park - a proposed Unesco World Heritage Site. Whether you want to enjoy one of Canada's best multi-species fisheries, escape to a remote fly-in lodge or experience first-class service and beautiful handcrafted cabins, you will love our unique Aikens Experience.
Aikens Lake offers the classic beauty of a remote Canadian fly-in fishing adventure with the luxuries of a 5-star operation. Located at the south end of Atikaki Provincial Wilderness Park, this unspoiled wilderness lake is graced with Precambrian rock formations, private sand beaches and dozens of islands surrounded by pine forests, making this one of the most scenic locations for fly-in fishing in Canada. All of our luxurious cabins have a beautiful view of the lake so that you never miss a famous Aikens Lake sunset. For total relaxation, nothing compares to the rejuvenating retreat at our secluded paradise. Bring your camera! Master Angler walleye, trophy pike and giant lake trout will not be your only photo opportunity. Year after year, numerous moose, black bear, beavers and bald eagles (along with countless birds and smaller animals) are photographed regularly at Aikens Lake, while reclusive timber wolves and woodland caribou provide rare opportunities for avid photographers seeking wilderness photography experiences. Your fishing guide is also equipped with a camera to document your whole trip. At the end of your stay, a personalized keepsake photo USB stick will be handed out to each member of your party so that your memories can be treasured forever!
Atikaki Provincial Park was created in 1987 in an effort to preserve the woodland caribou and provides an ideal setting for a remote Canadian fishing adventure. In fact, Atikaki is directly adjacent to Ontario's Woodland Caribou Provincial Park. Part of Atikaki's mission is to promote eco-tourism. The Bloodvein River is one of the most scenic canoeing adventures in Manitoba. The Gammon River, which flows into and out of Aikens Lake, eventually connects to the Bloodvein River.
As you already know, Aikens Lake offers some of the best trophy walleye fishing in Manitoba. We also have some of the finest scenery with breathtaking views of the Canadian wilderness. Click here to see our favorite scenery and wildlife pictures. If you would like to add to our gallery, please contact us and we will be happy to add your pictures.
When the lodge was built in 1948, they weren't the first to have traveled through the area. Natives had been paddling these rivers for hundreds of years already. The lithographs were discovered in 1995 by our friend Lorna Hiebert. Although we do not know their meaning, it is possible to make out some of the representations. There is a canoe full of people on the top, a person on the left holding hands with another that is now under the black lichen, and a wolf on the far right. Also, if you are lucky enough, you might find an arrowhead or spearhead. During low water years, it's sometimes possible to find a new one of these on the sandy shores around the lake.
If you are looking for a scenic Canadian fly-in fishing trip, you can’t do much better than Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge!
Aikens Lake provides some of the best multi-species fishing in Manitoba and has been named one of the top 5 fishing destinations in North America. It is a world-class destination for trophy northern pike, lake trout, and walleye. Walleye are our most abundant species, with 20-25 inch walleyes common. With depths approaching 300 feet, Aikens is the second-deepest lake in Manitoba.
Aikens Lake provides one of the best Canada fly-in fishing trips for those seeking trophy fish!
They say “you get what you pay for” ... at Aikens you get more. They know what they’re doing, and it shows. Its called “The Aikens Experience.” The lodging is top notch. The food is outrageous! Aikens Lake is a dream to fish. The staff - how they find and keep so many polite, friendly, courteous, intelligent, and attentive people year after year I have no idea. They learn your likes and dislikes; they make you feel welcome and relaxed.
—Steven J Kuzmich,
People sometimes want to try new locations or lakes in Canada but I really do not know why our group would ever look elsewhere or even think about it. The fishing is world class and the accommodations and hospitality are five-star.
We wanted to get a true fly-in Canadian fishing/wilderness experience, but be able to do that without having to spend two days traveling to get there. Overall, the experience was exactly what we wanted. Great fishing, great setting, great service and accommodations that allow you to really relax and enjoy quality time with your family.
One of the coolest things about Aikens is you could have terrible fishing and have an awesome time there. Well-fed and well-served, plenty of beer to keep you warm. Tremendous service. Of course, the fishing’s great, too, but you have fun either way.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Incredible staff and amazing fishing. The accommodations are top notch and the food is first class. You won't find a better lodge in North America for pike and walleye fishing. The owners really know how to run this place. The memories made here are like no other.
What I love about Aikens? The ever present welcoming attitude that starts when you exit the plane and ends, well, never actually ends from what I can tell. The entire staff which is well selected and well trained, guides who make fishing fun and easy, the size of the lake (not too small for serious fishing and not too big for novices), the breakfasts, the shore lunches, the dinners, the awards handed out at dinner, the evening fishing with dock staff making sure your boat is ready, and the bar that gives you a chance to meet fun and interesting people to share a fishing story, a joke, or life story.
Our guide really listened to what we wanted to do and tailored our day specifically to us. To me, the shorelunch was the highlight of each day. The shorelunch sites are set-up so well in very scenic spots. You can watch the Aikens videos and read the website about the fancy cabins, and the food, and how great the fishing and the service is, but one thing you can't really appreciate until you're here is how beautiful it all is.
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
I’m an amateur rank fisherman and I caught a ton of fish, including a Master Angler pike. That’s what makes Aikens Lake so great, you can get guys like me that really don’t know what they’re doing, and you start to believe that you might.
My husband and my dad had always talked about going to Canada or Alaska, so when I got the idea to give them a fishing trip as a surprise gift I did about six months of research. Once I talked with Pit, I was sold. It was really a surprise to them. They were so excited, and they just had a wonderful time at Aikens. They enjoyed their dream trip, and I don’t think it will be their last time to Aikens.
Pit and his team have done a wonderful job of putting together the perfect gem of an outpost camp. We love going to the Lost Lake outpost because it provides you the seclusion and serenity without comprising the nice luxury-type components.
The Four Seasons of fishing lodges. What's truly impressive is that ownership is constantly improving the experience. Every year you arrive and notice improvements. I'm just back from our trip to Aikens with my son. In the last 15 months he's been to Copenhagen, Berlin, Estonia, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Venice, Croatia, Greece and Turkey – but said this was his favorite trip ever. He slept with his Aikens hat on last night!
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
Those young staff members make me realize that our future is in good hands. Every one of them are class act young people, such a joy to associate with when you see what is going on across the land. Thanks again for the great hospitality from you and ALL of the staff.
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Truly an experience you'll want to relive over and over. This father-son-grandpa trip went from being a once in a lifetime experience, to an annual fishing trip! See you next summer!
Aikens is the perfect place for a family trip. The cabins are the best we’ve ever been in, the lodge is beautiful, and of course Pit and Julie are wonderful hosts.
Wisconsin President Organization, Group Leader
My husband and I never go back to the same place twice, but we loved it so much at Aikens we knew by the end of our first week we’d be back. It’s just how well they take care of you there. They make you feel like you’re part of the family.
Lake Oswego, Oregon
I’ve taken many large groups to Aikens and I always tell people beforehand how incredible the service is at Aikens. Every person has said to me at the end of the trip, “We believed you before, but I just can’t believe how good they treat you here!” One time Pit and Julie didn’t have the type of alcohol on-hand one of our guests was drinking, so they sent a plane out and got it.
Westman Dreams for Kids
I call it a 5-star hotel in the wilderness. It’s the neatest place we’ve ever been, it’s like fantasy island.
Each year we go somewhere as a family. We’ve been to Hawaii, Disney and many other places, but Aikens was one of the best trips we’ve ever had. Our trip was terrific, and my grandson loved every minute of it.
You think you’re at a Ritz-Carlton, you seriously get that level of treatment and amenities. Nobody in Manitoba can compete with Aikens for the quality of the fishing, staff, and facilities.
Trip number five and once again Aikens Lake out did itself. I thought it impossible for this wonderful place to get any better.
NHL Senior VP of Hockey Operations, 14 year NHL player and captain, and Aikens Lake Honorary Pro Staff Guide
From the accommodations, to the staff and especially shore lunch, the entire experience at Aikens Lake is unmatched.
Former United States Vice-President
The photos are amazing and like the memories, they will last a lifetime.
Former NFL MVP Quarterback, TV Commentator, and Founder of the Boomer Esiason Foundation (against cystic fibrosis)