2019 Staff Bios

Pit

Pit

1. My name is Gab-Riel, but my nickname at Aikens is Pit.

2. 2019 marks my 31st season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am playing hockey, watching hockey, and keeping an eye on my hockey pool.

4. If I could make it on the Canadian Olympic Team, I obviously compete in hockey, but my coaches never signed me up for the Olympic team so I guess I missed my chance.  Side note: I used to have to sign up for 3 events at track and field day at school… I always chose shot-put, discus, and the 100-meter dash (because it was over the quickest).

5. My first paying job was crushing cans at Aikens Lake. My first paying job outside Aikens was bartending at “Le Canot” every Thursday night when I was in college.

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

7. My most used emoji is : What’s an emoji?

8. A binge-worthy television series that I would highly recommend is Ozark. But my all-time favorite is Breaking Bad.

Julie

Julie

1. My name is Julie, but my nickname at Aikens is Julie, but Grant calls me Jewels.

2. 2019 marks my 20th season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am sitting in Winnipeg, planning for the next season, dreaming I was already there.

4. If I could make it on the Canadian Olympic Team, I would totally be the Chef de Mission (team manager/organizer).

5. My first paying job was working in the kitchen at a senior home.

6. If I’m having a bad day, seeing Gibson sleeping upside down on the path at Aikens while waiting for someone to pet him can always put a smile on my face.

7. My most used emoji is the kissing face emoji to my kids.

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

Pat

Pat

1. My name is Patrick, but my nickname at Aikens is Geriatric Patrick.

2. 2019 marks my 20th season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am watching every Winnipeg Jets game of the season.

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

5. My first paying job was acting.

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

7. My most used emoji is… Janelle, a little help here. What’s a Jumanji?

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

Janelle

Janelle

1. My name is Janelle, but my nickname at Aikens is Jans.

2. 2019 marks my 14th season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am a soccer-mom, a taekwondo-mom, a dance-mom... basically a chauffeur.

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

5. My first paying job was babysitting and washing dishes at a nun’s residence.

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

7. My most used emoji is the dancing girl in the red dress.

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

Ben : Head Guide

Ben : Head Guide

1. My name is Ben, but my nickname at Aikens is Benny.

2. 2019 marks my 8th season at Aikens.

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

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

5. My first paying job was at a bait shop.

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

7. My most used emoji is the neutral face.

8. A binge-worthy television series that I would highly recommend is Stranger Things and Brooklyn NineNine.

Derek : Guide

Derek : Guide

Austin : Guide

Austin : Guide

1. My name is Austin, but my nickname at Aikens is Stone.

2. 2019 marks my 6th season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am travelling and fishing.

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

5. My first paying job was campground maintenance.

6. If I’m having a bad day, seeing the B&T beer fridge at Aikens can always put a smile on my face.

7. My most used emoji is the fishing pole.

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

Marco : Guide

Marco : Guide

1. My name is Marco, but my nickname at Aikens is Marker.

2. 2019 marks my 5th season at Aikens.

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

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

5. My first paying job was cleaning golf clubs.

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

7. My most used emoji is the "cheers with beers" emoji.

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

Colin : Guide

Colin : Guide

1. My name is Colin, but my nickname at Aikens is Coco.

2. 2019 marks my 5th season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am mostly in my basement crying myself to sleep every night waiting for the summer to come.

4. If I could make it on the Canadian Olympic Team, I would love to compete in water-polo.

5. My first paying job was a dishwasher.

6. If I’m having a bad day, seeing shore-lunch and my buddy Juice at Aikens can always put a smile on my face.

7. My most used emoji is the guy saying "I don't know".

8. A binge-worthy television series that I would highly recommend is The Office, Game of Thrones and Westworld.

Sean : Guide

Sean : Guide

1. My name is Sean, but my nickname at Aikens is Stache.

2. 2019 marks my 4th season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am still undecided.

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

5. My first paying job was working at a golf course.

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

7. My most used emoji is none.

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

Justin : Guide

Justin : Guide

1. My name is Justin but my nickname at Aikens is Skip.

2. 2019 marks my 4th season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am playing hockey.

4. If I could make it on the Canadian Olympic team, I would love to compete in ping pong.

5. My first paying job was at an arena canteen.

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 "laughing hysterically" face.

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

Dennis : Guide

Dennis : Guide

1. My name is Dennis, but my nickname at Aikens is Denny.

2. 2019 marks my 3rd season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am building commercial buildings around Winnipeg.

4. If I could make it on the Canadian Olympic Team, I would love to be a lumberjack.

5. My first paying job was on a berry and honey farm.

6. If I’m having a bad day, seeing Nick Milne on the dock 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 Peaky Blinders.

Brenden : Guide

Brenden : Guide

1. My name is Brenden, but my nickname at Aikens is B-do.

2. 2019 marks my 3rd season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am probably fishing, and endorsing my enthusiasm for beer.

4. If I could make it on the Canadian Olympic Team, I would love to compete in… does ice fishing count?

5. My first paying job was at Dairy Queen.

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

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

8. A binge-worthy television series that I would highly recommend is Trailer Park Boys.

Kurt : Guide

Kurt : Guide

1. My name is Kurt, but my nickname at Aikens is Kurtek.

2. 2019 marks my second season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am packing for Aikens.

4. If I could make it on the Canadian Olympic Team, I would love to compete in Solo Synchronized Swimming.

5. My first paying job was a movie theatre usher.

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

7. My most used emoji is the "eye rolling" face.

8. A binge-worthy television series that I would highly recommend is anything with Charlie Sheen.

Nick : Guide

Nick : Guide

1. My name is Nick, but my nickname at Aikens is Milly.

2. 2019 marks my 3rd season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am a university drop-out!

4. If I could make it on the Canadian Olympic Team, I would love to compete in Solo Synchronized Swimming.

5. My first paying job was bagging dirt for Jardins St-Leon.

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

7. My most used emoji is the peach.

8. A binge-worthy television series that I would highly recommend is “F” is for Family.

Zac : Guide

Zac : Guide

1. My name is Zacary, but my nickname at Aikens is Pablo Escobar.

2. 2019 marks my first season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am running.

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

5. My first paying job was in a factory building dolls.

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

7. My most used emoji is the eggplant.

8. A binge-worthy television series that I would highly recommend is Rupaul’s Drag Race.

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 & Housekeeping

Simone : GGO Hostess & 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.

Yvan : GGO Host

Yvan : GGO Host

1. My name is Yvan, but my nickname at Aikens is Babar.

2. 2019 marks my third season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am studying!

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

5. My first paying job was a shoe shiner.

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

7. My most used emoji is the devil face.

8. A binge-worthy television series that I would highly recommend is the Live Aid concert series.

Eric : Lost Lake Host

Eric : Lost Lake Host

1. My name is Eric, but my nickname at Aikens is Rico.

2. 2019 marks my 3rd season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am going to school.

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

5. My first paying job was a canteen worker.

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 "laughing hysterically" face.

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

Justin : Maintenance & Construction

Justin : Maintenance & Construction

1. My name is Justin Chamberland, but my nicknames at Aikens are Juice and Bear Claw.

2. 2019 marks my 6th season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am training to be the quickest walker in history.

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

5. My first paying job was bussing tables as quickly as possible.

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

7. My most used emoji is the rocket.

8. A binge-worthy television series that I would highly recommend is The End of the $%##ing World.

Tyler : Dockhand

Tyler : Dockhand

1. My name is Tyler, but my nickname at Aikens is Ti Poo Poo.

2. 2019 marks my 2nd season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am selling girl scout cookies.

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

5. My first paying job was at our local seniors home in St. Malo.

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

7. My most used emoji is the middle finger emoji.

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

Sam : Bait & Tackle

Sam : Bait & Tackle

1. My name is Sam, but my nickname at Aikens is Candyman.

2. 2019 marks my 1st season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am the Bombers' and the Jets' number 1 fan.

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

5. My first paying job was a dishwasher in a restaurant.

6. If I’m having a bad day, seeing a nice trophy laker.

7. My most used emoji is the "laughing so hard I'm crying" emoji.

8. A binge-worthy television series that I would highly recommend is Game of Thrones.

Cam : Labour

Cam : Labour

1. My name is Cam, but my nickname at Aikens is undetermined.

2. 2019 marks my first season at Aikens.

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

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

5. My first paying job was at my local country club.

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

7. My most used emoji is the thumbs up.

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

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. 2019 marks my15th season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am playing my guitar

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

5. My first paying job was babysitting and filling bottles at the water station

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 : I don't use emojis, I use words.

8. A binge-worthy television series that I would highly recommend is The Umbrella Academy.

Martin : Official Dock Net Man

Martin : Official Dock Net Man

1. My name is Martin, but my nickname at Aikens is Marty.

2. 2019 marks my 12th season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am playing Fortnight with my friends or playing hockey.

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

5. My first paying job was picking up nails at Aikens.

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

7. My most used emoji is “Thumbs up”.

8. A movie that I would highly recommend is The Avengers the End Game and The Hobbit.

Natasha : Professional Laundry Helper

Natasha : Professional Laundry Helper

1. My name is Natasha, but my nickname at Aikens is Shasha or Shasher.

2. 2019 marks my 10th  season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am playing at my friend’s house.

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

5. My first paying job was picking up nails at Aikens.

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 kissing face emoji.

8. A binge-worthy television series that I would highly recommend is 5 minute crafts on Youtube.

Oscar : Trail Inspector

Oscar : Trail Inspector

1. My name is Oscar, but my nicknames at Aikens are Ozzy and Oz-Man.

2. 2019 marks my 7th season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am a student at École Lacerte and a taekwondo (almost) yellow belt!

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

5. My first paying job was picking up nails and screws around the peninsula.

6. If I’m having a bad day, seeing the chip display in the Bait & Tackle at Aikens can always put a smile on my face.

7. My most used emoji is the "cool guy" face with the sunglasses.

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

Arthur: Professional Vehicle Co-Pilot

Arthur: Professional Vehicle Co-Pilot

1. My name is Arthur, but my nickname at Aikens is Arty.

2. 2019 marks my 5th season at Aikens.

3. In the Aikens off-season, I am living my best life… playing, eating, napping, and going to preschool!

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

5. My first paying job was picking up my toys… still waiting on the cheque.

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

7. My most used emoji is the dog (or any other animal!).

8. A binge-worthy television series that I would highly recommend is Larva on Netflix.

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)