Management

Pit

Pit

1. My name is Gab-Riel but my nickname at Aikens is Pit.
2. 2018 marks my 30th season at Aikens and the Aikens Family (which includes all staff, volunteers, and guests) is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am selling hard to make sure the next season is a success.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Survivor – people would love me at first, but then I would get too powerful in their eyes and end up getting voted off of the peninsula right before the grand finale.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be (easy answer…) Beef jerky!
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Australia to visit the place where my good friend passed away when we were in University.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. You can’t be both, and I’m 100% a dog person, so that should tell you all you need to know about how I feel about cats.
8. My favourite meal to cook is steaks on the grill – I try to learn a new tweak from each chef we have at the lodge.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me at the Lone Coyote Beach with the kids.

Julie

Julie

1. My name is Julie, but my nickname at Aikens is Julie, but Grant calls me Jewels.
2. 2018 marks my 19th season at Aikens. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because it's a part of me.
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am in Winnipeg planning all the logistics for your trip next year...and hopefully travelling a little.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part in Restaurant Impossible on the Food Network.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be chips and dip.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Bora Bora because I would love to rent a bungalow over the water with a glass floor.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Dog person, need you really ask?
8. My favourite meal to cook is macadamia nut crusted Mahi Mahi...or any seafood really.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me trying to find a caribou so I can finally say I saw one!

Patrick

Patrick

1. My name is Patrick but my nickname at Aikens is Pat.
2. 2018 marks my 19th season at Aikens and the crisp fresh air is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am a master Lego-picker-upper.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Gold Rush.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be Caillou.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Vietnam for real Pho soup.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Dog... is that even a debate?
8. My favourite meal to cook is Moose Manicotti.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me happily catering to the whim and wonder of Janelle, Oscar and Arthur.

Janelle

Janelle

1. My name is Janelle but my nickname at Aikens is Jans.
2. 2018 marks my 13th season at Aikens and the beach is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am in Winnipeg but still working with the Aikens Team.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Real Housewives (of Winnipeg?!).
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be hummus.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is France because… cheese!
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Dog all the way – I am scared of cats!
8. My favourite meal to cook is chicken soup - it's good for the soul.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me at the beach or on the walking trails with my boys.

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)