2017 Staff Bios

Pit

Pit

1. My name is Gab-Riel, but my nickname at Aikens is Pit.
2. This is my 29th season at the lodge and I keep coming back because it’s home!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Nautical Disaster” by the Tragically Hip.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved:  I love hating the food I hate... like curry or coffee
5. The TV show that I most identify with is weirdly, Sons of Anarchy. I’m not a biker, but I probably would have been a pretty good one.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is... most country artists. There are only 4 country songs I actually like, all by different artists.
7. I am a big Winnipeg Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is... I’ve guided bigger than I have caught myself, thankfully. Biggest pike is 45”, walleye 31”, trout 39.5”, burbot 33”, whitefish 23”". Never caught a trophy perch or sucker on Aikens (yet!).
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year are my bar shoes. But thankfully, I know people that can get me these types of things!

Julie

Julie

1. My name is Julie, but my nickname at Aikens is Julie, but Grant calls me Jewels.
2. This is my 18th season at the lodge and the people and the experience are what keep me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Dancing Cheek to Cheek” by Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved are mushrooms.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Cheers.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is anything country really...
7. I am a Winnipeg Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 43” Northern Pike.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is the Trophy Book for the B&T.

Patrick

Patrick

1. My name is Patrick, but my nickname at Aikens is Papa.
2. This is my 18th season at the lodge and Taco Tuesdays are what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Kaw-Liga” by Hank Williams Jr.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is chutney.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Les Pêcheurs.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Rush.
7. I am a Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is 49” pike (guided).
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is my motorcycle.

Janelle

Janelle

1. My name is Janelle, but my nickname at Aikens is Jans.
2. This is my 12th season at the lodge and the breathtaking sunsets and the fresh cookies are what keep me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Never Ever” by All Saints.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is everything citrus.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Modern Family.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Limp Bizkit.
7. I am a Winnipeg Jets fan (Dad, if you’re reading, I meant the Montreal Canadians!).
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 28” walleye... but it’s about time for a bigger one!
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is sunscreen.

JEAN-BOCAR : HEAD GUIDE

JEAN-BOCAR : HEAD GUIDE

1. My name is Jean-Bocar, but my nicknames at Aikens are JB, BooBoo, Black Boucanne.
2. This is my 8th season at the lodge and the people and culture is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “She knows" by J. Cole.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved are raisins.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Life Below Zero.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Hedley, Simple Plan.
7. I am a NBA fan. Go Lakers!
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 44" Pike.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is Cholula Ho Sauce but Gus got me covered!

BEN : GUIDE

BEN : GUIDE

1. My name is Ben, but my nicknames at Aikens are Benny, Uncle Bud.
2. This is my 6th season at the lodge and the Aikens Family and guests is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Hey Mama" by Kanye West.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is Mushrooms.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Modern Family.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Justin Bieber.
7. I am a Winnipeg Jets fan!
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 41" Pike.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is my Bug Spray!

DEREK : GUIDE

DEREK : GUIDE

1. My name is Derek, but my nickname at Aikens are D. and D-Rock.
2. This is my 5th season at the lodge and the family vibe and culture is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be anything Chris Stapelton.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is Horseradish.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Sportscentre / Life Below Zero.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is any screamo music.
7. I am a Ottawa fan!
8. My biggest fish guided on Aikens Lake is a 45" Pike and 40" Laker.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is Underwear....

AUSTIN : GUIDE

AUSTIN : GUIDE

1. My name is Austin, but my nickname at Aikens is Stone Cold.
2. This is my 4th season at the lodge and the great people, great fishing and beer are what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Stacey's Mom".
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is chundy stew.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Curb Your Enthusiasm.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is any of the new garbage hippity hop.
7. I am a Jet's and Flyers fan!
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 42.5" northern.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is a toothbrush.

MARCO : GUIDE

MARCO : GUIDE

1. My name is Marco, but my nickname at Aikens is Marker.
2. This is my third season at the lodge and Carey is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Wonderwall” by Oasis.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is sushi.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is The Office.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Nickelback.
7. I am a Las Vegas Knights fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a trophy whitefish guided by my buddy Coco.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is my girlfriend.

COLIN : GUIDE

COLIN : GUIDE

1. My name is Colin, but my nickname at Aikens is Coco.
2. This is my third season at the lodge and Gibson is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Bungalow” by Matty.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is zucchini desserts.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Breaking Bad.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Gernie and Dan Dan.
7. I am a Winnipeg Jets fan - Team Chevy all the way!
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is 26.5” walleye.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is my tackle box!

Carey : Guide

Carey : Guide

1. My name is Carey, but my nicknames at Aikens are Cody or Corvalis.
2. This is my 2nd season at the lodge and the staff cabin with a view is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Boots or Hearts”.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is cereal.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is The Grand Tour.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Rise Against.
7. I am a Habs fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is every time I remember it, it just gets bigger!
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year are my textbooks.

Evan : Guide

Evan : Guide

1. My name is Evan, but my nickname at Aikens is Pebble.
2. This is my second season at the lodge and the pretty flowers are what keep me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be Chopin’s “Nocturne no. 19 in E Minor”.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is ... hate? ...food?
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Scooby Doo.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is One Direction (*avoids eye contact*).
7. I am a Leafs fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a good size pike.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is all the bad vibes...oops!

Sean : Guide

Sean : Guide

1. My name is Sean, but my nickname at Aikens is Stache.
2. This is my second season at the lodge and the people are what keep me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be Chopin’s “Everlong"
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is guacamole.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Breaking Bad.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is One Direction.
7. I am a Toronto fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 41" pike.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year are socks.

Justin : Guide

Justin : Guide

1. My name is Justin, but my nickname at Aikens is Skip.
2. This is my second season at the lodge and the fishing is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Money for Nothing”.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is Sushi.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is That 70’s Show.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is ABBA.
7. I am a Winnipeg Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 25” walleye.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year are some munchies.

Dennis : Guide

Dennis : Guide

1. My name is Dennis, but my nickname at Aikens is Denny.
2. This is my first season at the lodge and I’m excited to work at Aikens because I get to spend my full summer out in a boat, enjoying nature with great people.
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Fishin’ in the Dark” by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is Parmesan Cheese.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is How I Met Your Mother.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Nickelback.
7. I am a Winnipeg Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is yet to be determined.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is my girlfriend.

Brenden : Guide

Brenden : Guide

1. My name is Brenden, but my nickname at Aikens is B-Dawg.
2. This is my first season at the lodge and I’m excited to work at Aikens because of the great people and amazing fishing.
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Came Here to Forget” by Blake Shelton.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is vegetable stir-fry.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Family Guy.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Justin Bieber.
7. I am a Chicago Blahawks and Dallas Stars fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is only a dinker pike, as I’ve only been out a couple of times.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is Chapstick.

Jared : Chef

Jared : Chef

1. My name is Jared, my nickname at Aikens is still Jared.
2. This is my 2nd season at the lodge and living at the lake all summer is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be "Night Train" by GN'R.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is Tequila.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is My Secret Identity.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is 95% of New Country.
7. I am a Winnipeg Thunder fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is embarassing.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is a case of Standard and a bottle of Jameson!

Jhordanne : Baker

Jhordanne : Baker

1. My name is Jhordanne, but my nickname at Aikens is Pelch’s Girl.
2. This is my first season at the lodge and I’m excited to work at Aikens because I get to spend the day doing something that I love... baking!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be anything by The Beatles.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is tomatoes.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is 2 Broke Girls.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Katy Perry, she seems cool but her music isn’t.
7. I am a Winnipeg Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is to be announced.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is Clamato for my Caesars!

TESS : GGO HOSTESS AND HOUSEKEEPING

TESS : GGO HOSTESS AND HOUSEKEEPING

1. My name is Tess, but my nicknames at Aikens are Tessa or Zein.
2. This is my third season at the lodge and the call of the loon is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “J’pas un Cowboy” by Lisa Leblanc.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is duck liver (foi gras).
5. The TV show that I most identify with is... I don’t really identify with TV shows, but I like Doctor Who.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Celine Dion (no offense).
7. I am a Jets fan (sort of).
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a Lake Trout.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year are my mittens.

Danielle : Housekeeping

Danielle : Housekeeping

1. My name is Danielle, but my nicknames at Aikens is Dan Dan .
2. This is my 3rd season at the lodge and the people up here and being in the outdoors is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be anything Country.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is soup.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Heartland.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is anything screamo.
7. I am a Calgary, Chicago and Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 38" Pike.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is a water bottle and a hair cutting cape.

Melanie : Housekeeping

Melanie : Housekeeping

1. My name is Melanie, but my nicknames at Aikens are  Mel or Melawnie.
2. This is my 2nd season at the lodge and the guests are what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be anything Britney Spears.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is lobster.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Heartland.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Ozzy Osbourne.
7. I am a Canucks fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a trophy Northern Pike.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is an extra liver.

Gabrielle : Housekeeping

Gabrielle : Housekeeping

1. My name is Gabrielle, but my nickname at Aikens is Gabby.
2. This is my first season at the lodge and I’m excited to work at Aikens because I’ve heard that it’s the best summer job that anyone could have.
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Runaway Baby” by Bruno Mars.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is olives.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Grey’s Anatomy.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is anyone that does “screamo” music.
7. I am a Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is 28" Walleye.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is a water bottle.

Arizona : Housekeeping

Arizona : Housekeeping

1. My name is Arizona, but my nicknames at Aikens are Rizzy and Zona.
2. This is my first season at the lodge and I’m excited to work at Aikens because it is a new opportunity filled with new experiences and great people.
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Mr. Brightside”.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is pickles.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Grey’s Anatomy.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is... I actually listen to all music types, so I can’t think one one now!
7. I am a Winnipeg Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is (non existent).
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year are rain boots.

Lorraine : Organization Expert

Lorraine : Organization Expert

1. My name is Lorraine, but my nickname at Aikens is mostly Mémère!
2. This is my 29th season at the lodge and I keep coming back because I absolutely love being here!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “This Old Guitar” by John Denver.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is red wine.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Hawaii Life and Island Life on HGTV.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is all bands that play heavy metal noise.
7. I am a Winnipeg Jets fan... True North!
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is 39” Northern Pike, but really it was on Bonaventure Lake.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is nothing... I have it all here!

JOËL : GGO HOST

JOËL : GGO HOST

1. My name is Joël, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Joe.
2. This is my 6th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because I get to do something different everyday.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Seinfeld, if only it was on Netflix...
4. My travel bucket-list includes Europe and Australia.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “If you can’t work and talk, don’t talk”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me shooting hoops in the yard.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is double-troph with the boys.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my upper-lip hair.

JONNY : GGO & LOST LAKE HOST

JONNY : GGO & LOST LAKE HOST

1. My name is Jonny, but my nickname at Aikens is Gernard.
2. This is my 5th season at the lodge and my low self esteem is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Pancake on the Fruit Loops”.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is shelfish.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Latin Lover.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Krusty Tartar.
7. I am a Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is 41” Pike.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is a girlfriend.

Justin : Maintenance

Justin : Maintenance

1. My name is Justin, but my nickname at Aikens is Juice.
2. This is my 4th season at the lodge and escaping the city and sunsets are what keep me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Drop it Like it’s Hot”.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is pepper.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is That 70’s Show.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Krusty Tartar.
7. I am a Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 27 and 7/8” walleye .
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is my girlfriend.

Nick : Dockhand

Nick : Dockhand

1. My name is Nick, and I don’t have a nickname at Aikens yet!
2. This is my first season at the lodge and I’m excited to work at Aikens because I get to fish and work with a great group of people.
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It” by Ice Cube.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is sushi.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is The Office.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Nickelback.
7. I am a Winnipeg Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 4” perch.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is my belt.

Yvan : Bait & Tackle

Yvan : Bait & Tackle

1. My name is Yvan, but my nickname at Aikens is Ivar.
2. This is my first season at the lodge and I’m excited to work at Aikens because I love the outdoors.
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be "Party in the USA".
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is peanuts.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is The Sopranos.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is DJ Khaled.
7. I am a Montreal Canadians fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 32" Pike.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is a pair of sunglasses.

Myles : Laborer

Myles : Laborer

1. My name is Myles, but my nickname at Aikens is Smyles.
2. This is my 3rd season at the lodge and good sized pike are what keep me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Money” by Pink Floyd.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is beans.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Trailer Park Boys.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is The Weekend.
7. I am a Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a pike.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is my phone charger.

Cole : Laborer

Cole : Laborer

1. My name is Cole, but my nickname at Aikens is Shooter. 2. This is my first season at the lodge and I’m excited to work at Aikens because I think that Aikens is a beautiful place with great people as well as amazing fishing.
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Outlet” but Desiigner.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is salad.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is SportsCenter, because I’m a walking highlight reel.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Adele.
7. I am a Chicago Blackhawks fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 39” Northern Pike.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is a classic 5 of diamonds spoon.

Eric : Laborer

Eric : Laborer

1. My name is Eric but my nickname at Aikens is to be determined.
2. This is my first season at the lodge and I'm excited to work there for the fishing & I think it will be a good experience.
3. A song I would never skip on my playlist is "come and get your love" by redbone.
4. The one food item I hate but wished I love is hotdogs.
5. The tv show I most identify with is that 70's show.
6. One singer I can't stand is Taylor Swift.
7. I am a Winnipeg jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on aikens lake is to still to be determined.
9. The one this I forgot to pack is still to be determined.

Elmanu : Laborer

Elmanu : Laborer

1. My name is Elmanu but my nickname at Aikens is to be determined
2. This is my first season at the lodge and I'm excited to work there because of the remoteness and great fishing.
3. A song I would never skip on my playlist is "Everybody" by Logic.
4. The one food item I hate but wished I love is tomatoes.
5. The tv show I most identify with is Game of Thrones.
6. One singer I can't stand is Justin Bieber.
7. I am a Pittsburgh Penguins fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on aikens lake is to still to be determined.
9. The one this I forgot to pack is hopefully nothing important.

Annika : Head of Child Care Services

Annika : Head of Child Care Services

1. My name is Annika, but my nickname at Aikens is Anni.
2. This is my 13th season at the lodge and not having caught a trophy yet is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be "Some nights" by Fun.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved are tomatoes.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Girl Meets World.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is Justin Bieber.
7. I am a Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 27 3/4" walleye.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year are my friends.

MARTIN : OFFICIAL DOCK NET MAN

MARTIN : OFFICIAL DOCK NET MAN

1. My name is Martin, but my nickname at Aikens is Marty..
2. This is my 10th season at the lodge and the fun is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be "Shape of You".
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is Mustard.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Scooby Doo.
6. One song I can’t stand is Narwhal, Narwhal.
7. I am a Winnipeg Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 27.5" walleye.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is my itunes card.

NATASHA : PROFESSIONAL LAUNDRY HELPER

NATASHA : PROFESSIONAL LAUNDRY HELPER

1. My name is Natasha, but my nicknames at Aikens are Shasha, Shasher, 'squito.
2. This is my 8th season at the lodge and I keep coming back because I like it here.
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be "Beat it".
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved are onions.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Scooby Doo.
6. One song I can’t stand is Watch me.
7. I am a Winnipeg Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 26.5" walleye.
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is my homework...Oops!

OSCAR : TRAIL INSPECTOR

OSCAR : TRAIL INSPECTOR

1. My name is Oscar, but my nickname at Aikens are Oz-man, Oz and Ozzie.
2. This is my 5th season at the lodge and the walking trails are what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be “Paris” by the Chainsmokers.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is mushrooms.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Toupie et Binou.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is my dad, just when he’s singing!
7. I am a Winnipeg Jets fan.
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is small pike, but to me it was HUGE!
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is Memère.

ARTHUR : PROFESSIONAL VEHICLE CO-PILOT

ARTHUR : PROFESSIONAL VEHICLE CO-PILOT

1. My name is Arthur, but my nicknames at Aikens are Arty and Art.
2. This is my third season at the lodge and my obsession with motorized vehicles is what keeps me coming back!
3. A song that I would never skip on my playlist would be Minion’s “Banana Song”.
4. The one food item that I hate but wish I loved is plain yogurt.
5. The TV show that I most identify with is Max et Ruby.
6. One singer or band I can’t stand is my brother (only when he sings!).
7. I am a hockey fan, and I think all the teams are the Jets!
8. My biggest fish caught on Aikens Lake is a 21” walleye off the dock!
9. The one thing I forgot to pack when I came to Aikens this year is my quad.

The place is absolutely Top Drawer in every aspect of the experience. Having dreamed about taking my 2 teenage grandsons on a fly in fishing trip for years I could not have written a better script. The accommodations, Food, equipment level of excellence was only surpassed by the people.

—Chip Michel,
St. Paul, Minnesota

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)