Corporate Retreats

Why is Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge the perfect place for a corporate trip? For starters, we’ve specialized in hosting corporate groups for nearly 30 years. Our remote setting in the midst of a boreal forest lends itself to creative thinking, quality conversations and team bonding. It’s easy to get here–fly from anywhere in North America and arrive to watch the sunset over Aikens Lake that same day–and once you walk off the floatplane, life only gets easier. Hand-crafted luxury cabins, five-star service and gourmet dining including fresh walleye shorelunch prepared by your guide over the open fire are signature aspects of The Aikens Experience.

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EXCLUSIVE USAGE


Guests often tell us Aikens is like a whole different world. With a corporate group, you can have that world to yourself. Enjoy exclusive access to the entire lodge, staff and Great Gray Owl mini lodge with any group of 24 or more. We can comfortably host up to 32 people at the main lodge.

Our staff is devoted to taking care of your every wish. We’ll pre-stock cabins with all your favorite snacks and drinks, and facilitate any celebrations, workshops or activities anywhere on our property.

Imagine a lunch-time training seminar on an island at one of our group shorelunch stations with a dozen boats bringing your team to a scenic spot for a mid-day feast.

FLEXIBLE PACKAGES


You name it, we can do it. We understand how valuable your guests are to you and we are uniquely able to accommodate everything from arrival times to custom activities to special dietary needs.

Our guides are flexible, so if your business needs include an afternoon meeting rather than fishing, our guides are ready to take you fishing after dinner for an awesome dusk walleye bite.

If you’d like, we’ll set up volleyball tournaments, beachside bonfires, voyageur cultural experiences, karaoke, fishing derbies and golfing from the dock. Let us put our 30 years of experience to use in tailoring the perfect trip specifically for your group.

EASY TO GET HERE


When you’re watching a moose swim across Aikens Lake you feel a world away, but in reality we’re only 90 minutes from Winnipeg Airport and can be reached within a day’s travel from anywhere in North America. We can arrange your travel details for you and pick you up at the airport.

SMALLER GROUPS


If you have a group of 6 to 12, consider our remote Great Grey Owl Mini-Lodge (GGO), across the lake from our main lodge. You’ll be similarly pampered with a group concierge, private guides and gourmet meals, and your group can share our exclusive luxury cabin.

GGO is well-suited for board/sales meetings, seminars or planning sessions.


 

GREAT FISHING WITH FIRST-CLASS EQUIPMENT


Aikens is an excellent fishing destination for first-timers and experts alike. Our quality guides (one for every 2-3 guests), state-of-the-art gear and fleet of supremely comfortable boats with 60hp engines makes fishing our private lake both fun and easy.

We provide everything you need. Good fishing is found within minutes of the lodge so outings can last as long or short as you'd like.

Our professional guides are equally adept at teaching beginners how to fish and helping serious anglers master a specific technique or pursue the biggest fish of their lives. Of course, newbies often land the catch of the day.

Manitoba Master Angler walleyes and pike are not uncommon. Neither are moose, eagle or other wildlife sightings; a day on the water can consist purely of boating around the lake, taking in the sights and enjoying conversation with team members and clients.


 

UNINTERRUPTED TIME


Quality bonding time goes hand-in-hand with the Aikens Experience. Relaxing boat rides on a pristine lake. Catching your first fish or a personal best. Spotting a moose and its calf, savoring a leisurely shorelunch, swapping stories about new adventures over happy hour–during experiences like these, the guard comes down between co-workers, customers and friends.

Aikens offers uninterrupted face time, away from cell phones and other interruptions so that each moment is an opportunity to bond one-on-one.

THE BOTTOM LINE


The bottom line on any corporate trip is a return on the investment. We know that. And we deliver it–please call us for referrals or check out our testimonials online.

Fact is, Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge is uniquely equipped to provide a remarkable corporate group experience. Let us do the work, and treat your top customers and most valuable employees to a luxury wilderness retreat unlike any other.



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)