Management

Pit

Pit

1. My name is Gab-Riel, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Pit. It’s a nickname I’ve had since I was 4 years old. It’s a french thing!
2. This is my 26th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because it’s what I live and breath every day of my life. I love it up here!
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because of my experience growing up here, doing a lot of hard labour over the years, then on to guiding, and now managing. I’ve been in every role I now ask the staff to do.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is Bear Island - it’s a small structure with wicked dropoffs, and holds some of our biggest fish!
5. In 5 years from now, I will be watching my kids get to an age where they are going to be enjoying life so much at Aikens! Being a young teen here was a lot of fun - being free to go out in the boats alone, exploring the lake. My kids will be reaching that point by then and they are going to learn so much as they explore both the fishing and the wilderness at Aikens every summer.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing a guide and his guest filling out the paperwork for a Master Angler or a Century Club can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is to dance like our local legend at all Winnipeg sporting events, Dancing Gabe.
8. You can find me on Twitter @aikenslake.

Julie

Julie

1. My name is Julie, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Julie.
2. This is my 15th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because it’s part of me.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I am part of the team that makes it all happen.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is Bear Island.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be exactly right here filling out my bio for 2019.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing Oscar yell ALLOO as my kids run happily to play with him can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is that I can guide people to trophies.
8. You can find me on Twitter peeking at Pit’s Twitter account.

Patrick

Patrick

1. My name is Patrick, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Pat.
2. This is my 15th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because this is home.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I’m kind of a big deal.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is the Saddle.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be sitting passenger, while Oscar guides me.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing Enzo waiting for me at the end of the dock can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is fly-tying (for big pike).
8. You can find me on Twitter @aikensguy.

Janelle

Janelle

1. My name is Janelle, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Jans.
2. This is my 9th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because I can’t get enough of those taco nights.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I also moonlight as the chief mechanic.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is Middle Gull.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be teaching Oscar how to fillet a fish (I better learn how to do that before then...!!).
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing someone trip on a tree root can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is the ability to win any dance-off.
8. You can find me on Twitter @NotOnTwitter...

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)