Kitchen/Housekeeping

Jared : Chef

Jared : Chef

1. My name is Jared, but at Aikens, I’m still known as Jared.
2. This is my 1st season at the lodge. I’m excited to work at Aikens because  it’s super rad.  Nature is awesome & food is the best! Where yah to? Somewhere Deadly!
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Planet Earth. David Attenborough is a dream weaver.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Space.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Whatever you do, do it well”
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me napping during Planet Earth episodes.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is that one time I was almost hit by lightning and that other time Janelle caught that fish.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my brain.

Tess : Baker

Tess : Baker

1. My name is Tess, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Tessa.
2. This is my second season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because of the endless photo opportunities, canoeing with loons, and of course the big and fun Aikens Family.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is House of Cards.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Yukon, Canadian East and West Coasts, and the South of Spain.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is to remember that “Tomorrow’s another day!”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me canoeing past you or snapping pictures all over the peninsula.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is fishing off the barge and reeling in Austin.
8. The one item I cannot live without are my Blundstone boots.

Danielle : Housekeeping

Danielle : Housekeeping

1. My name is Danielle, but at Aikens, I'm better known as Dan-Dan.
2. This is my 2nd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because I can't go another summer without Reba.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Fuller House.
4. My travel bucket-list includes visiting all the historic museums in Manitoba.
5. The best advice I've ever received is "Calm down Dan-Dan".
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me sleeping.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is fishing down by fast fast waters.
8. The one item I cannot live without is Tessa's baking.

Rebecca : GGO Hostess and Housekeeping

Rebecca : GGO Hostess and Housekeeping

1. My name is Rebecca, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Reba.
2. This is my 2nd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because no other summer job can compare.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Game of Thrones
4. My travel bucket-list includes visiting all 7 Wonders of the World.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “You’re great at cleaning, keep it up!”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me catching up on sleep.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is watching everyone but me catch fish.
8. The one item I cannot live without is a toothbrush.

Aryn : Housekeeping

Aryn : Housekeeping

1. My name is Aryn, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Mom.
2. This is my first season at the lodge. I’m excited to work at Aikens because I love nature and fishing.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is The Mindy Project.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Peru and Thailand.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Love yourself, treat yourself”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me walking down the wilderness trail and exploring the peninsula.
8. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is dock fishing with ma gurls.
7. The one item I cannot live without are my Birkenstocks.

Roxanne : Housekeeping

Roxanne : Housekeeping

1. My name is Roxanne, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Rox-Star.
2. This is my first season at the lodge. I’m excited to work at Aikens because everyone knows how to have a good time here.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Prison Break.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Germany, Greece, Australia, Hawaii and Turks and Caicos.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “You can’t live your life to the fullest if you’re carrying yesterdays’ worries”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me relaxing on the porch, swimming and fishing.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens was when Mel and I had a double header, both putting up a big fight while reeling in, and later finding out we had hooked the same fish.
8. The one item I cannot live without is Marco’s iPod.

Melanie : Housekeeping

Melanie : Housekeeping

1. My name is Melanie, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Mel.
2. This is my first season at the lodge. I’m excited to work at Aikens because of the great people and the big fish.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is The Walking Dead.
4. My travel bucket-list includes pub hopping in Ireland, and Fiji.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “This too shall pass”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me sleeping.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is my 41” Northern Pike caught in the river.
8. The one item I cannot live without is sweat pants and baggy sweaters.

Lorraine : Organization Expert

Lorraine : Organization Expert

1. My name is Lorraine, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Lorraine or sometimes Lolo.
2. This is my 28th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful peninsula because there is no other place I would rather be!
3. My favourite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is: Pit…..how do I turn this on again!!!
4. My travel bucket list includes the South Pacific Islands and Canada, specifically the Rockies and the Atlantic Provinces.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is……..Don’t worry about anything any longer than it would take you to do it!
6. On my off time at Aikens, you can find me moving furniture, re-arranging cupboards, organizing things and generally making spaces better to live in……mine and others.
7. My favourite fishing memory at Aikens is when Gerry, Pit, Andrina and I went to Bonaventure Lake and we got into some heavy Pike. Everyone caught a trophy but me but I caught a 39”. Not bad for a day on the lake!
8. The two items I cannot live without are bleach and wine, not necessarily in that order!

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)