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Date Mar. 24, 2017
Art Gaffray bought his first float plane in 1954. In the 63 years since, he’s flown to all corners of the Canadian wilderness, harvested wild rice with Goldy the Ox and watched his sons follow in his footsteps as full-time...
Date Mar. 06, 2017
Some fishing stories are so bizarre they must be true. This is one of them.
Philippe Defoy, of Montreal, Quebec, had only fished twice in his life before coming to Manitoba’s Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge last September. Those...
Date Feb. 23, 2017
After a dozen years of transporting Aikens guests, having two of their children work summers at the lodge and building countless memories, Michelle Gervais and Roger Chamberland are retiring from OTours Transportation. The family-run tour company shuttled Aikens guests from...
Date Feb. 07, 2017
When you arrive in early May to open camp and the very first evening a staff member catches a 41-inch Master Angler pike for the first fish of the year, you get a funny feeling it’s going to...
Date Jan. 14, 2017
Christmas came early this year for John “Mackey” MacDonald. Only trouble was the Minneapolis man was at the movies watching Hacksaw Ridge and missed the phone call informing of the news.
Fortunately, Pit called back the next day...
Date Dec. 15, 2016
It’s been three decades since Bob Dumontier, a physical education teacher from Winnipeg, became the first guide in Aikens history, yet when he can closes his eyes he’s back in those early days in the Canadian...
Date Nov. 24, 2016
A decade before Marco Dumontier was born, his dad became the first fishing guide at Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge. Today, some 30 years later, Marco is following in his father’s footsteps as an Aikens Lake pro-staff fishing guide.