The Aikens Experience

Welcome to our Services section. The "Aikens Experience" is unique in our industry and is not like regular Canadian fishing vacations. It makes every aspect of your trip complete. It is that intangible that every guest seeks from a lodge… and we've mastered it!

Our young and vibrant staff, along with the inviting atmosphere at Aikens Lake combines to make your stay as pleasurable as possible. We strive to make your time off the water just as enjoyable as your time on it! Come and see for yourself what makes the "Aikens Experience" so special!

Top Reasons

Trophy Fishing

1. Trophy Fishing

Aikens is a world-class fishing destination for trophy walleye, northern pike, and lake trout. On top of providing some of the best fishing in Canada, it is also Manitoba's second deepest lake, just shy of 300 ft.

Location, Location, Location!

2. Location, Location, Location!

We are situated only two hours from Winnipeg, in the pristine boreal forest on the east side of Lake Winnipeg. Aikens Lake is part of the Atikaki Provincial Park- a proposed UNESCO World Heritage Site. We are so close to Winnipeg that anyone in North America can be on our dock by 5pm the day they travel!

A Little Slice of Paradise

3. A Little Slice of Paradise with luxury cabins…

Aikens features deluxe modern chalets with unlimited ecological hot water. All of the luxurious cabins have a beautiful view of the lake so that you never miss a famous Aikens Lake sunset.

Fishing in Style

4. Fishing in Style

Your guide will be driving an extraordinary 16 or 18 ft Lund Alaskan guide boat with a 60 hp Yamaha motor.This truly luxurious boat features a walk-through design and comfortable padded swivel seats for an ultra-smooth ride.

Fine Dining

5. Fine Dining

Gourmet meals are served daily in the main dining room. Professionally prepared “à-la-carte” breakfasts in the morning as well as upscale three-course dinners in the evening are sure to please any palette!

Big Molly's Bar

6. Big Molly's Bar

Big Molly’s Bar is a unique room in this industry. This wilderness bar offers a lively and social atmosphere every night. Guest and staff alike are encouraged to come in and play pool, shuffleboard, poker, or maybe just spin fishing yarn with friends over a few drinks (or even cigars in the screened-in porch). It’s the perfect social gathering place for everyone!

A Personalized Experience

7. A Personalized Experience

Professional attention to detail creates a total customer experience. With a young and vibrant staff that help provide a first class experience, you are guaranteed to enjoy Your time spent at Aikens Lake. In this small community, everybody from the dockhand to the chef knows your name and is ready to cater to your needs! And with flexible scheduling logistics, it’s easy for any group planner.

Scrumptious Shore Lunches

8. Scrumptious Shore Lunches

Our famous shorelunch experience: a daily favourite and a highlight of every trip! Sit back and enjoy as your guide whips up a fantastic shorelunch for you and your group with a variety of perfected recipes.

Just a Few "Extras" to Consider…

  • Free use of phones and wireless internet access
  • Fishing licenses and happy hour drinks are included
  • Alumarine boats are included for evening fishing at your leisure
  • Digital camera in every guide boat to capture your "Aikens Experience"
  • Keepsake photo USB stick for everyone in your group at the end of your trip

Come and see why the Aikens ExperienceTM is the best in the business!

 

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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 in the boat 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)