Management

Pit

Pit

1. My name is Gab-Riel but at Aikens, people call me Pit - a nickname I’ve had since I was a young child.
2. This is my twenty-fifth season at the lodge.
3. I work at Aikens because it’s what I eat, breath, and sleep 24/7, every day of the year.
4. When I'm not at Aikens, I'm making sure we have lots of work for the staff the following summer by working hard in the office.  Oh, and I love hockey and football too.
5. My go-to karaoke song is “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond or “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” by Simba.
6. If I could live in a sitcom, it would be Swamp People. Pat and I would have been a pretty dynamite gator-hunting team had we been born in Louisiana.
7. The most mischievous thing I've done as a child is put salt in the sugar shakers at Aikens one morning. I thought it was funny that all the older carpenters were heatedly discussing why their coffee tasted so salty. My dad didn’t share my opinion of that situation.
8. My biggest fear is doing the skywalk on the CN Tower in Toronto, or walking on just about any roof in the world.
9. You may not know this about me, but I'm named after the patriarch of Manitoba, Louis Riel, and his right hand man Gabriel Dumont, who led both hunting and war parties.  My name is hyphenated to represent both those men.  I try to emulate the qualities that made those men great….  I consider myself a good leader, communicator, hunter, and most of my opponents in hockey would suggest I am a decent fighter as well!

Julie

Julie

1. My name is Julie but at Aikens, people still call me Julie.
2. This is my fourteenth season at the lodge.
3. I work at Aikens because it’s my calling in life.
4. When I'm not at Aikens, I'm in Winnipeg planning all the logistics for your trip next year.
5. My go-to karaoke song is pretty much anything by the Beatles.
6. If I could live in a sitcom, it would be Modern Family.
7. The most mischievous thing I've done as a child is give myself a haircut to save my mom the trouble...which resulted in me having a mushroom-cut for 4 years!
8. My biggest fear is being locked in the white house by Elsie (the ghost)...again.
9. You may not know this about me, but I am a sharpshooter...I can knock an apple off your head from 100 yards with a rifle.

Patrick

Patrick

1. My name is Patrick but at Aikens, people call me Pat.
2. This is my fourteenth season at the lodge.
3. I work at Aikens because this is home to me.
4. When I'm not at Aikens, I'm not at home.
5. My go-to karaoke song is “New Orleans is Sinking”.
6. If I could live in a sitcom, it would probably be very lucrative.
7. The most mischievous thing I've done as a child is convince my brother to pull the fire alarm at the St. Boniface Cathedral. This building has burnt and been rebuilt six times in the past, so the fire department put on a good show.
8. My biggest fear is getting outfished.
9. You may not know this about me, but I'm addicted to Jeopardy.

Janelle

Janelle

1. My name is Janelle but at Aikens, people call me Jans.
2. This is my eighth season at the lodge.
3. I work at Aikens because it’s my everything.
4. When I'm not at Aikens, I'm in the Aikens office, thinking of the lake (and working...).
5. My go to karaoke song is “Give Me One Reason” by Tracy Chapman.
6. If I could live in a sitcom, it would be Modern Family (I’m pretty sure I’m already married to Phil...).
7. The most mischievous thing I've done as a child is stand on top of the drain in the shower while showering, to try and create a “standing bathtub”. I never filled up and I ended up flooding the basement a little bit.
8. My biggest fear is being locked in a walk-in fridge.
9. You may not know this about me, but I’m a concert pianist.

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)