Kitchen/Housekeeping

Enzo : Chef

Enzo : Chef

1. My name is Enzo, but my nickname at Aikens is Big E.
2. 2018 marks my first season at Aikens. I’m excited for my first season because I love being in the outdoors.
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am fishing.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Walleye Fishing Tour.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be more time to fish.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Australia because of the Great Barrier Reef.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Dog
8. My favourite meal to cook is Prime Rib.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me fishing or taking a nap.

Michelle : Baker

Michelle : Baker

1.     My name is Michelle, but my nickname at Aikens is to be determined.
2.     2018 marks my first season at Aikens and  I’m excited because it's a once in a lifetime experience.
3.     When I’m not at Aikens, I am working at Pro Hockey Life as a Goalie Specialist and finishing my Biology degree.
4.     If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Survivor, Big Brother or Amazing Race.
5.     If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be money.
6.     One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Australia because I want to explore the outback and I want to see a platypus.
7.     I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. DOGGGGG
8.     My favourite meal to cook is any type of pasta… carbs are delicious.
9.     On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me napping or kayaking.

Chantal : GGO HOSTESS AND HOUSEKEEPING

Chantal : GGO HOSTESS AND HOUSEKEEPING

1.    My name is Chantal but my nickname at Aikens is Chanti.
2.    2018 marks my 3rd season at Aikens and wanting to catch a lake trout is what keeps me coming back!
3.    When I’m not at Aikens, I am living in Danica’s basement.
4.    If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on The Amazing Race.
5.    If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be French Onion dip.
6.    One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Peru because I want to hike the Inca trail.
7.    I’m a cat or dog person? Dog person.
8.    My favourite meal to cook is sushi.
9.    On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me napping or attempting to work out.

Réanne : Head of Housekeeping

Réanne : Head of Housekeeping

1. My name is Réanne, but my nickname at Aikens is Ray-J.
2. 2018 marks my 7th season at Aikens and not having caught a trophy yet is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am a Graphic Designer.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Say yes to the dress.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be energy.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Churchill because I want to see polar bears.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Dog for sure.
8. My favourite meal to cook is fish tacos.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me napping.

Kailee : Housekeeping

Kailee : Housekeeping

1. My name is Kailee, but my nicknames at Aikens are Taylor or Tay-Tay.
2. 2018 marks my first season at Aikens and I’m excited because of the experiences I will gain.
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am doing something school related.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on So You Think You Can Dance.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be airplane tickets
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is New Zealand because of the scenery and outdoor adventures.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Dog
8. My favourite meal to cook is stir fry without peanut sauce.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me napping or doing something outdoors.

Véronic : Housekeeping

Véronic : Housekeeping

1. My name is Véronic, but my nickname at Aikens is Véro (pronounced Vayrow).
2. 2018 marks my 1st season at Aikens and I’m excited because of the beach.
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am probably just chilling in Ramallah Café.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on ANYTHING because my acting skills don't have any limits.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be Red Wine (not the soapy kind).
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Budapest because my blood comes from there.
7. I’m a fox person (sorry, cats and dogs are just not my thing).
8. My favourite meal to cook is tagine (a Moroccan dish).
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me laying on the sand at the beach.

Simone : Housekeeping

Simone : Housekeeping

1. My name is Simone, but my nickname at Aikens is ...TBD.
2. 2018 marks my first season at Aikens and I’m excited because I get to wake up at the lake everyday!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am studying.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Big Brother.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be airplane tickets.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Churchill because of the northern lights and polar bears!
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Dog
8. My favourite meal to cook is stir fry with peanut sauce.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me doing crossword puzzles.

Lorraine : Organization Expert

Lorraine : Organization Expert

1. My name is Lorraine, but my nickname at Aikens is Lolo.
2. 2018 marks my 30th season at Aikens and my love for Aikens Lake is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am in Winnipeg or on vacation in Mexico somewhere.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part (or the star!) on the Bachelorette Canada.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be all the white wines from New Zealand.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is to the many islands in the South Pacific.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Definitely a dog!
8. My favourite meal to cook is home made pasta and home made sauces to put on it!
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me relaxing in my porch or on my beach.

This week at Aikens for our anniversary has been absolutely the greatest gift! The only thing that would have made it better was if my dad and mom could have been with us.

—Amanda Paschal,
Parker, Colorado

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,
Loveland, Colorado

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.

—Gene Reibel,
Omaha, Nebraska

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.

—Tony Abena,
Edina, Minnesota

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.

—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)