2018 Staff Bio

Pit

Pit

1. My name is Gab-Riel but my nickname at Aikens is Pit.
2. 2018 marks my 30th season at Aikens and the Aikens Family (which includes all staff, volunteers, and guests) is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am selling hard to make sure the next season is a success.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Survivor – people would love me at first, but then I would get too powerful in their eyes and end up getting voted off of the peninsula right before the grand finale.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be (easy answer…) Beef jerky!
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Australia to visit the place where my good friend passed away when we were in University.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. You can’t be both, and I’m 100% a dog person, so that should tell you all you need to know about how I feel about cats.
8. My favourite meal to cook is steaks on the grill – I try to learn a new tweak from each chef we have at the lodge.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me at the Lone Coyote Beach with the kids.

Julie

Julie

1. My name is Julie, but my nickname at Aikens is Julie, but Grant calls me Jewels.
2. 2018 marks my 19th season at Aikens. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because it's a part of me.
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am in Winnipeg planning all the logistics for your trip next year...and hopefully travelling a little.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part in Restaurant Impossible on the Food Network.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be chips and dip.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Bora Bora because I would love to rent a bungalow over the water with a glass floor.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Dog person, need you really ask?
8. My favourite meal to cook is macadamia nut crusted Mahi Mahi...or any seafood really.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me trying to find a caribou so I can finally say I saw one!

Patrick

Patrick

1. My name is Patrick but my nickname at Aikens is Pat.
2. 2018 marks my 19th season at Aikens and the crisp fresh air is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am a master Lego-picker-upper.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Gold Rush.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be Caillou.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Vietnam for real Pho soup.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Dog... is that even a debate?
8. My favourite meal to cook is Moose Manicotti.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me happily catering to the whim and wonder of Janelle, Oscar and Arthur.

Janelle

Janelle

1. My name is Janelle but my nickname at Aikens is Jans.
2. 2018 marks my 13th season at Aikens and the beach is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am in Winnipeg but still working with the Aikens Team.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Real Housewives (of Winnipeg?!).
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be hummus.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is France because… cheese!
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Dog all the way – I am scared of cats!
8. My favourite meal to cook is chicken soup - it's good for the soul.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me at the beach or on the walking trails with my boys.

Jean-Bocar : Head Guide

Jean-Bocar : Head Guide

1. My name is JB, but my nickname at Aikens is Boo Boo.
2. 2018 marks my 9th season at Aikens and the people are what keep me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I’m ice fishing.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Jersey Shore.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be Vietnamese deluxe vermicelli.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is India or China. 
7. I’m a dog person.
8. My favourite meal to cook is grilled meat.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me fishing with the boys or throwing a Frisbee in the lake. Occasionally, you can find me in bed.

Ben : Guide

Ben : Guide

1. My name is Ben, but my nicknames at Aikens are Uncle Bud and Benny.
2. 2018 marks my 7th season at Aikens and the people are what keep me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I’m looking for my friend Dupree.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Survivor.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be fishing rods.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Australia because of the Great Barrier Reef. 
7. I’m a dog person.
8. My favourite meal to cook is shore lunch.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me fishing with my buddies.

Derek : Guide

Derek : Guide

1. My name is Derek, but my nicknames at Aikens are D and D-Rock.
2. 2018 marks my 6th season at Aikens and shorelunch is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens,you can find me : TBD.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Dancing with the Stars.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be snacks.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Ireland because... just because.
7. I’m a dog person.
8. My favourite meal to cook is chicken quesadillas.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me hanging with Dupree.

Austin : Guide

Austin : Guide

1. My name is Austin, but my nickname at Aikens is Stone.
2. 2018 marks my 5th season at Aikens and the fact that the fishing is hot and the beers are cold is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am  probably fishing or sipping a beer.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on TheBachelor.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be cold beer.
6. One place I would love to travel (this year) in my lifetime is Bonaventure Lake.
7. My favourite meal to cook is Shore lunch.
8. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me chummin' or having a cold one with the boys.

Marco : Guide

Marco : Guide

1. My name is Marco but my nickname at Aikens is Marker.
2. 2018 marks my 4th season at Aikens and Lakers are what keep me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am studying business in Winnipeg.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Shark Tank.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be Shorelunch Potatoes.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Churchill, MB to see a wild polar bear and kayak with beluga whales in the same day.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Man’s best friend, obviously.
8. My favourite meal to cook is Fajitas.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me chumming.

Colin : Guide

Colin : Guide

1. My name is Colin, but my nickname at Aikens is Coco.
2. 2018 marks my 4th season at Aikens and Gibson is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am at home.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on American Idol.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be beer battered fish.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is France because of the croissants.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Dog
8. My favourite meal to cook is shorelunch.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me napping .

Carey : Guide

Carey : Guide

1. My name is Carey but my nicknames at Aikens are Cody, Conrad, Corvalis and Corvs.
2. 2018 marks my 3rd season at Aikens.
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am in the Wallace Building, studying rocks.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on The Amazing Race.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be Avgas to fly around the world.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is the South Pole.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Dog Person.
8. My favourite meal to cook is a grilled steak dinner.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me out on the water fishing lake trout.

Evan : Guide

Evan : Guide

1. My name is Evan but my nickname at Aikens is Pebble.
2. 2018 marks my 3rd season at Aikens and the world-class mushroom picking is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am just sending it.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Survivor.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be Big E’s Shepherd’s Pie.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Australia because I need sweet surf to soothe the soul.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Dog.
8. My favourite meal to cook is falafel.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me eating suppers and petting puppers.

Sean : Guide

Sean : Guide

1. My name is Sean but my nickname at Aikens is Stachedaddy.
2. 2018 marks my 3rd season at Aikens and the good times are what keep me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am slingin’ pizza pies.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on The Bachelor.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be Red Devils.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Alaska because I’ve always wanted to go.
7. I’m a dog person.
8. My favourite meal to cook is shorelunch.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me on the porch!

Justin : Guide

Justin : Guide

1. My name is Justin but my nickname at Aikens is Skip.
2. 2018 marks my 3rd season at Aikens and thethe fishing is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, you can find me playing hockey.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Breaking Amish.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be Salt & Vinegar chips.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Alaska because it looks awesome.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Dog Person.
8. My favourite meal to cook is mac and cheese.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me sitting on the porch!

Dennis : Guide

Dennis : Guide

1. My name is Dennis, but my nickname at Aikens is Denny.
2. 2018 marks my 2nd season at Aikens and the great staff is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am usually building stuff.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Survivor.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be beer.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Alaska because the scenery is one-of-a-kind.
7. I’m a dog person.
8. My favourite meal to cook is breakfast.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me on the lake.

Brenden : Guide

Brenden : Guide

1. My name is Brenden but my nickname at Aikens is Bedo.
2. 2018 marks my 2nd season at Aikens and the amazing sunsets are what keep me coming back.
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am hunting and fishing.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Duck Dynasty.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be cold Moosehead.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Alaska because it would be a great experience.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Doggo.
8. My favourite meal to cook is rib eye.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me fishing, of course!

Elmanu : Guide

Elmanu : Guide

1. My name is Elmanu, but my nickname at Aikens is Fritz.
2. 2018 marks my 2nd season at Aikens and Enzo and Gibby are what keep me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am attending school in Ottawa.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Wipeout.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be socks.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is New Zealand because of the scenery.
7. I’m a cat person.
8. My favourite meal to cook is lasagna.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me deep in the books.

Enzo : Chef

Enzo : Chef

1. My name is Enzo, but my nickname at Aikens is Big E.
2. 2018 marks my first season at Aikens. I’m excited for my first season because I love being in the outdoors.
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am fishing.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Walleye Fishing Tour.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be more time to fish.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Australia because of the Great Barrier Reef.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Dog
8. My favourite meal to cook is Prime Rib.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me fishing or taking a nap.

Michelle : Baker

Michelle : Baker

1.     My name is Michelle, but my nickname at Aikens is to be determined.
2.     2018 marks my first season at Aikens and  I’m excited because it's a once in a lifetime experience.
3.     When I’m not at Aikens, I am working at Pro Hockey Life as a Goalie Specialist and finishing my Biology degree.
4.     If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Survivor, Big Brother or Amazing Race.
5.     If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be money.
6.     One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Australia because I want to explore the outback and I want to see a platypus.
7.     I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. DOGGGGG
8.     My favourite meal to cook is any type of pasta… carbs are delicious.
9.     On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me napping or kayaking.

Chantal : GGO Hostess and Housekeeping

Chantal : GGO Hostess and Housekeeping

1.    My name is Chantal but my nickname at Aikens is Chanti.
2.    2018 marks my 3rd season at Aikens and wanting to catch a lake trout is what keeps me coming back!
3.    When I’m not at Aikens, I am living in Danica’s basement.
4.    If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on The Amazing Race.
5.    If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be French Onion dip.
6.    One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Peru because I want to hike the Inca trail.
7.    I’m a cat or dog person? Dog person.
8.    My favourite meal to cook is sushi.
9.    On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me napping or attempting to work out.

Réanne : Head of Housekeeping

Réanne : Head of Housekeeping

1. My name is Réanne, but my nickname at Aikens is Ray-J.
2. 2018 marks my 7th season at Aikens and not having caught a trophy yet is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am a Graphic Designer.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Say yes to the dress.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be energy.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Churchill because I want to see polar bears.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Dog for sure.
8. My favourite meal to cook is fish tacos.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me napping.

Kailee : Housekeeping

Kailee : Housekeeping

1. My name is Kailee, but my nicknames at Aikens are Taylor or Tay-Tay.
2. 2018 marks my first season at Aikens and I’m excited because of the experiences I will gain.
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am doing something school related.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on So You Think You Can Dance.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be airplane tickets
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is New Zealand because of the scenery and outdoor adventures.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Dog
8. My favourite meal to cook is stir fry without peanut sauce.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me napping or doing something outdoors.

Véronic : Housekeeping

Véronic : Housekeeping

1. My name is Véronic, but my nickname at Aikens is Véro (pronounced Vayrow).
2. 2018 marks my 1st season at Aikens and I’m excited because of the beach.
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am probably just chilling in Ramallah Café.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on ANYTHING because my acting skills don't have any limits.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be Red Wine (not the soapy kind).
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Budapest because my blood comes from there.
7. I’m a fox person (sorry, cats and dogs are just not my thing).
8. My favourite meal to cook is tagine (a Moroccan dish).
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me laying on the sand at the beach.

Simone : Housekeeping

Simone : Housekeeping

1. My name is Simone, but my nickname at Aikens is ...TBD.
2. 2018 marks my first season at Aikens and I’m excited because I get to wake up at the lake everyday!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am studying.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Big Brother.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be airplane tickets.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Churchill because of the northern lights and polar bears!
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Dog
8. My favourite meal to cook is stir fry with peanut sauce.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me doing crossword puzzle

Lorraine : Organization Expert

Lorraine : Organization Expert

1. My name is Lorraine, but my nickname at Aikens is Lolo.
2. 2018 marks my 30th season at Aikens and my love for Aikens Lake is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am in Winnipeg or on vacation in Mexico somewhere.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part (or the star!) on the Bachelorette Canada.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be all the white wines from New Zealand.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is to the many islands in the South Pacific.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Definitely a dog!
8. My favourite meal to cook is home made pasta and home made sauces to put on it!
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me relaxing in my porch or on my beach.

Jonny : GGO Host

Jonny : GGO Host

1. My name is Jonny, but my nickname at Aikens is Gernard Ricky Board Gunderson.
2. 2018 marks my 6th season at Aikens and the escape from reality is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, you can't find me.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on America's Most Wanted.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be cheese.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Altona.
7. I’m a dog person.
8. My favourite meal to cook is steaks at GGO.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can't find me.

Justin : Lost Lake Host

Justin : Lost Lake Host

1. My name is Justin, but my nickname at Aikens is Juice.
2. 2018 marks my 5.2th season at Aikens and Gibson is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, you can find me pretending to study for school but really, I'm day dreaming about Aikens.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Swamp People.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be friends.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Aikens in the winder because I think it would be "cool".
7. I’m a dog person.
8. My favourite meal to cook is sweet-chilli salmon.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me in the WILD.

Eric : Lost Lake & Laborer

Eric : Lost Lake & Laborer

1. My name is Eric, but my nickname at Aikens is Rico.
2. 2018 marks my 2nd season at Aikens and the fishing is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am in university.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on The Voice.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be beef jerky.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Hawaii because I want to try surfing.
7. I’m a dog person.
8. My favourite meal to cook is Kraft Dinner because that’s all I can cook.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me fishing or napping.

Nick : Dockhand

Nick : Dockhand

1. My name is Nick, but my nicknames at Aikens are Milsner and Milly.
2. 2018 marks my second season at Aikens and big fish are what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I’m being irresponsible on my motorcycle.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Duck Dynasty.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be motorcycle parts.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Oregon because of the great landscapes. 
7. I’m most definitely a dog person.
8. My favourite meal to cook is steak and potatoes.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me on the water.

Yvan : Bait & Tackle

Yvan : Bait & Tackle

1. My name is Yvan, but my nickname at Aikens is Babar.
2. 2018 marks my 2nd season at Aikens and the timeless memories are what keep me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am studying.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Jersey Shore.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be pizza.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is North Korea because not many people have been there.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Dog person
8. My favourite meal to cook is Dominos Pizza.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me on Canot porch.

Tyler : Laborer

Tyler : Laborer

1. My name is Tyler, but my nicknames at Aikens are Ti Poo Poo and Taureau (Bull).
2. 2018 marks my first season at Aikens and Gibby and Enzo are what keep me here!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, you can find me at your local Co-Op in St. Malo.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Swamp People.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be money.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Alaska because I want to moose hunt.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Hand down DOG. Cats are stupid.
8. My favourite meal to cook is Mac n' Cheese.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me watching Grey's Anatomy.

Kurt : Laborer

Kurt : Laborer

1. My name is Kurt, but my nickname at Aikens is yet to be determined.
2. 2018 marks my first season at Aikens and I’m excited for my first season because of the great fishing and remoteness.
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am going to school at Brandon University and lurking the banks of the Assiniboine River.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Teen Mom.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be Boston Pizza mints.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Iceland because of the scenery and fishing.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? I am a dog person.
8. My favourite meal to cook is Mac & Cheese.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me scouting the lake for schools of Ciscos.

Annika : Head of Childcare Services

Annika : Head of Childcare Services

1. My name is Annika, but my nickname at Aikens is Anni.
2. 2018 marks my 14th season at Aikens and I keep coming back because I have to, this is where I live...big problem right!?
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am most likely with my friends.
4. If I had to be on TV, I would audition for a part on a comedy.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be guitar picks.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Ireland because its sounds fun.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? DOG.
8. My favourite meal to cook is homemade Mac and Cheese.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me playing my guitar or sleeping.

Martin : Official Dock Net Man

Martin : Official Dock Net Man

1. My name is Martin, but my nickname at Aikens is Marty.
2. 2018 marks my 11th season at Aikens and fishing is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am playing Fortnight with my friends.
4. If I had to be on a reality TV show, I would audition for a part on Master Chef Junior.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be AA batteries for my xbox remotes.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is back to Cozumel because I loved our house and I want to snorkel with mon oncle Bernie again.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Dog.
8. My favourite thing to cook is a Pizza cookie.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me fishing on the dock.

Natasha : Professional Laundry Helper

Natasha : Professional Laundry Helper

1. My name is Natasha but my nickname at Aikens is Shasha, Shasher and 'Squito.
2. 2018 marks my 9th season at Aikens and the beach is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am asking to play at my friend's house!
4. If I had to be on a guest star on a TV show, I would audition for a part on Dancing with the Stars.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be Cherry Coke.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is on a cruise because my cousins said it was fun.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? I can't pick one! I am a Dog person, but I would love to have a cat too...but papa is allergic.
8. My favourite things to cook are cupcakes.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me hanging out on mon oncle Grant's Monkey Bars (aka scaffolding).

Oscar : Trail Inspector

Oscar : Trail Inspector

1. My name is Oscar, but my nickname at Aikens is Oz-man.
2. 2018 marks my 6th season at Aikens and Skip is what keeps me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am busy Lego-ing or Hot Wheel-ing.
4. If I had to be on a guest star on a TV show, I would audition for a part on Danger Mouse.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be chips.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is Disney World.
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. DOG, and not just any Dog.. it has to be Enzo.
8. My favourite meal to help cook is cookies (that's a meal, right?).
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me mastering my swimming skills at the beach.

Arthur : Professional Vehicle Co-Pilot

Arthur : Professional Vehicle Co-Pilot

1. My name is Arthur, but my nickname at Aikens is Arty.
2. 2018 marks my 4th season at Aikens and the quad-rides are what keep me coming back!
3. When I’m not at Aikens, I am at home destroying something of Oscar's...
4. If I had to be on a guest star on a TV show, I would audition for a part on Caillou.
5. If I could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be yogurt.
6. One place I would love to travel in my lifetime is TinkerTown - I've been there, but I love it so much!
7. I’m a cat or dog person? Pick one. Woof Woof!
8. My favourite thing to help cook are banana muffins.
9. On my off-time at Aikens, you usually can find me bugging someone for a ride on a 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)