Kitchen/Housekeeping

Jared : Chef

Jared : Chef

1. My name is Jared, my nickname at Aikens is still Jared.
2. This is my 2nd season at the lodge and living at the lake all summer is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be "Night Train" by GN'R.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is Tequila.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is My Secret Identity.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is 95% of New Country.
7. I am a Winnipeg Thunder fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is embarassing.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is a case of Standard and a bottle of Jameson!

Jhordanne : Baker

Jhordanne : Baker

1. My name is Jhordanne, but my nickname at Aikens is Pelch’s Girl.
2. This is my first season at the lodge and I’m excited to work at Aikens because I get to spend the day doing something that I love... baking!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be anything by The Beatles.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is tomatoes.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is 2 Broke Girls.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Katy Perry, she seems cool but her music isn’t.
7. I am a Winnipeg Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is to be announced.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is Clamato for my Caesars!

Tess : GGO HOSTESS AND HOUSEKEEPING

Tess : GGO HOSTESS AND HOUSEKEEPING

1. My name is Tess, but my nicknames at Aikens are Tessa or Zein.
2. This is my third season at the lodge and the call of the loon is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “J’pas un Cowboy” by Lisa Leblanc.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is duck liver (foi gras).
5. The TV show that I most identify with is... I don’t really identify with TV shows, but I like Doctor Who.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Celine Dion (no offense).
7. I am a Jets fan (sort of).
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a Lake Trout.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year are my mittens.

Danielle : Housekeeping

Danielle : Housekeeping

1. My name is Danielle, but my nicknames at Aikens is Dan Dan .
2. This is my 3rd season at the lodge and the people up here and being in the outdoors is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be anything Country.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is soup.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Heartland.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is anything screamo.
7. I am a Calgary, Chicago and Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 38" Pike.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is a water bottle and a hair cutting cape.

Melanie : Housekeeping

Melanie : Housekeeping

1. My name is Melanie, but my nicknames at Aikens are  Mel or Melawnie.
2. This is my 2nd season at the lodge and the guests are what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be anything Britney Spears.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is lobster.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Heartland.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Ozzy Osbourne.
7. I am a Canucks fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a trophy Northern Pike.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is an extra liver.

Gabrielle : Housekeeping

Gabrielle : Housekeeping

1. My name is Gabrielle, but my nickname at Aikens is Gabby.
2. This is my first season at the lodge and I’m excited to work at Aikens because I’ve heard that it’s the best summer job that anyone could have.
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Runaway Baby” by Bruno Mars.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is olives.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Grey’s Anatomy.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is anyone that does “screamo” music.
7. I am a Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is 28" Walleye.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is a water bottle.

Arizona : Housekeeping

Arizona : Housekeeping

1. My name is Arizona, but my nicknames at Aikens are Rizzy and Zona.
2. This is my first season at the lodge and I’m excited to work at Aikens because it is a new opportunity filled with new experiences and great people.
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Mr. Brightside”.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is pickles.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Grey’s Anatomy.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is... I actually listen to all music types, so I can’t think one one now!
7. I am a Winnipeg Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is (non existent).
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year are rain boots.

Lorraine : Organization Expert

Lorraine : Organization Expert

1. My name is Lorraine, but my nickname at Aikens is mostly Mémère!
2. This is my 29th season at the lodge and I keep coming back because I absolutely love being here!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “This Old Guitar” by John Denver.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is red wine.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Hawaii Life and Island Life on HGTV.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is all bands that play heavy metal noise.
7. I am a Winnipeg Jets fan... True North!
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is 39” Northern Pike, but really it was on Bonaventure Lake.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is nothing... I have it all here!

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 in the boat to keep you warm. Tremendous service. Of course, the fishing’s great, too, but you have fun either way.

—Nate Siegal,
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.

—Jesse Bleeman,
Toronto, Ontario

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.

—Dennis Munson,
Solon, Iowa

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.

—Paul Capecchi,
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.

—John MacDonald,
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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.

—Debbie Nutter,
Elizabeth, Colorado

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.

—Scot Woolley,
Minnetonka, Minnesota

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!

—Greg Borca,
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.

—Jeff Hall,
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!

—Mark L.,
Winnipeg, Canada

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.

—Jim Deleeuw,
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.

—Denise Kozlowski,
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.

—Ron Ball,
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.

—Joe Harrington,
Monticello, Arkansas

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.

—Sherry Martin,
Cordova, Illinois

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.

—Steve Andersen,
Lincoln, Nebraska

Trip number five and once again Aikens Lake out did itself. I thought it impossible for this wonderful place to get any better.

—Kris King,
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.

—Dan Quayle,
Former United States Vice-President

The photos are amazing and like the memories, they will last a lifetime.

—Boomer Esiason,
Former NFL MVP Quarterback, TV Commentator, and Founder of the Boomer Esiason Foundation (against cystic fibrosis)