Kitchen/Housekeeping

Enzo : Chef

Enzo : Chef

1. My name is Enzo, but my nicknames at Aikens are Big E or Zo.

2. 2019 marks my 2nd season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am bow hunting or fishing.

4. If I could make it on the Canadian Olympic Team, I would love to compete in gymnastics… because I am so agile and light on my feet. LOL!

5. My first paying job was a paperboy.

6. If I’m having a bad day, seeing the other Enzo, Gibson or one or all of the 5 kids (let’s throw Grant in there also!) at Aikens can always put a smile on my face. 

7. My most used emoji is… I don’t use them.

8. A binge-worthy television series that I would highly recommend is Sopranos

Michelle : Baker

Michelle : Baker

1. My name is Michelle, but my nicknames at Aikens are Shelly Boots and Mich.

2. 2019 marks my 2nd season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am a University student and a hockey goalie.

4. If I could make it on the Canadian Olympic Team, I would love to compete in Woman’s Hockey.

5. My first paying job was making frozen pizzas at a butcher shop at 13.

6. If I’m having a bad day, seeing Gibson at Aikens can always put a smile on my face.

7. My most used emoji is the double pink hearts emoji.

8. A binge-worthy television series that I would highly recommend is Special and Shadow Hunters.

Simone : GGO HOSTESS AND HOUSEKEEPING

Simone : GGO HOSTESS AND HOUSEKEEPING

1. My name is Simone, but my nickname at Aikens is Mom.

2. 2019 marks my 2nd season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am studying law at the University of Manitoba.

4. If I could make it on the Canadian Olympic Team, I would love to compete in a 10K race.

5. My first paying job was a gelato scooper at Café22.

6. If I’m having a bad day, seeing The Head of Housekeeping (Kailee) at Aikens can always put a smile on my face. 

7. My most used emoji is the "eye-roll" face.

8. A binge-worthy television series that I would highly recommend is Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

Kailee : Head of Housekeeping

Kailee : Head of Housekeeping

1. My name is Kailee, but my nicknames at Aikens are Tay or Tay Tay .

2. 2019 marks my 2nd season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am at the University of Manitoba.

4. If I could make it on the Canadian Olympic Team, I would love to compete in Stationary Cycling to High Hopes.

5. My first paying job was at Grand Prix Amusements.

6. If I’m having a bad day, seeing my GREAT Aikens friend coming back from GGO at Aikens can always put a smile on my face.

7. My most used emoji is the "eye-roll" face.

8. A binge-worthy television series that I would highly recommend is Greys Anatomy. It’s great, plus there’s 15 (existing) seasons so you never have to stop watching it!

Annick : Housekeeping

Annick : Housekeeping

1. My name is Annick, but my nickname at Aikens is to be determined.

2. 2019 marks my first season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am studying to become a nurse.

4. If I could make it on the Canadian Olympic Team, I would love to compete in women’s hockey.

5. My first paying job was in a mini donuts trailer.

6. If I’m having a bad day, seeing the sunset at Aikens can always put a smile on my face.

7. My most used emoji is the yellow heart.

8. A binge-worthy television series that I would highly recommend is 90210.

Megan : Housekeeping

Megan : Housekeeping

1. My name is Megan, but my nickname at Aikens has yet to be determined.

2. 2019 marks my first season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am a sleep deprived university student.

4. If I could make it on the Canadian Olympic Team, I would love to compete in Slope-style snowboarding (even though I’ve never done it!).

5. My first paying job was an umpire for U10 and U12 fastball.

6. If I’m having a bad day, seeing the dogs at Aikens can always put a smile on my face.

7. My most used emoji is the "laughing hysterically" face.

8. A binge-worthy television series that I would highly recommend is a tie between The Office and Friends.

Allison : Housekeeping

Allison : Housekeeping

1. My name is Allison, but my nickname at Aikens is to be determined.

2. 2019 marks my first season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am listening to Dennis talk about Aikens and being a dental assistant.

4. If I could make it on the Canadian Olympic Team, I would love to compete in Figure Skating.

5. My first paying job was at the St. Vital Mall in the food court.

6. If I’m having a bad day, seeing Michelle’s baked goodies at Aikens can always put a smile on my face.

7. My most used emoji is the "blushing smiley" face or the monkey covering his eyes.

8. A binge-worthy television series that I would highly recommend is anything on HGTV - I love reno shows!

Lorraine : Organization Expert

Lorraine : Organization Expert

1. My name is Lorraine but my nicknames at Aikens are Lolo to some and Mémère to others!

2. 2019 marks my 31st season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am enjoying my home and friends or travelling to warmer climates.

4. If I could make it on the Canadian Olympic Team, I would love to compete in downhill skiing but I don’t ski...

5. My first paying job was working as an aide in the Physio department at St. Boniface General Hospital.

6. If I’m having a bad day, seeing the kids jumping on the trampoline at Aikens can always put a smile on my face.

7. My most used emoji is the smily one and the one with hearts for eyes! 

8. A binge-worthy television series that I would highly recommend is This Is Us.

You have paid attention to every detail and it shows. The cabin and food is the best I have seen. Lots of neat spots to explore, wish we had more time!

—Jason Mitchell,
Jason Mitchell Outdoors

It exceeded any expectation I had to the point that I’ve told my kids that if I get a bonus that’s exactly where we’re going. When you compare it against other luxury vacations, where you typically pay extra for a guide or various excursions, what you get at Aikens is a really good value. I’ve fished all over the world, from Alaska to Colorado to Costa Rica. I’d put Aikens over those in terms of the size fish you can catch and the quantity.

—Maria Bailey,
Florida

This week at Aikens for our anniversary has been absolutely the greatest gift! The only thing that would have made it better was if my dad and mom could have been with us.

—Amanda Paschal,
Parker, Colorado

They say “you get what you pay for” ... at Aikens you get more. They know what they’re doing, and it shows. Its called “The Aikens Experience.” The lodging is top notch. The food is outrageous! Aikens Lake is a dream to fish. The staff - how they find and keep so many polite, friendly, courteous, intelligent, and attentive people year after year I have no idea. They learn your likes and dislikes; they make you feel welcome and relaxed.

—Steven J Kuzmich,
Loveland, Colorado

People sometimes want to try new locations or lakes in Canada but I really do not know why our group would ever look elsewhere or even think about it. The fishing is world class and the accommodations and hospitality are five-star.

—Gene Reibel,
Omaha, Nebraska

We wanted to get a true fly-in Canadian fishing/wilderness experience, but be able to do that without having to spend two days traveling to get there. Overall, the experience was exactly what we wanted. Great fishing, great setting, great service and accommodations that allow you to really relax and enjoy quality time with your family.

—Tony Abena,
Edina, Minnesota

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 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)