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Old 09-02-2021, 02:14 PM
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Not surprising.

Make noise fellas. Lots and lots of noise. Consumers are no longer at the whim of businesses, and while you may not get your money back. If enough of you start threads like this on outdoors forums, Facebook, and Facebook groups, others won't get screwed like you did.

These schisters are beyond the pale.

APOS has Lloyd McMahon as a Director. *&%^#% amazing. If you didn't know it was true, you wouldn't believe it.

I suggest you use the word "REVIEW" in the title of your threads where you post your story. That way when someone does a google search it will pop up.

Bad news travels faster than good.

Finally, I know people who have had great experiences with Paul. He's a hardworking man, and runs a fair business.
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Old 09-02-2021, 08:10 PM
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Not surprising.

Make noise fellas. Lots and lots of noise. Consumers are no longer at the whim of businesses, and while you may not get your money back. If enough of you start threads like this on outdoors forums, Facebook, and Facebook groups, others won't get screwed like you did.

These schisters are beyond the pale.

APOS has Lloyd McMahon as a Director. *&%^#% amazing. If you didn't know it was true, you wouldn't believe it.

I suggest you use the word "REVIEW" in the title of your threads where you post your story. That way when someone does a google search it will pop up.

Bad news travels faster than good.

Finally, I know people who have had great experiences with Paul. He's a hardworking man, and runs a fair business.
Very good advice right here. THANKS!!
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Old 09-08-2021, 08:22 PM
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Hey Guys,

Its been a long time since I have posted on this forum - in fact I can't even access my old account because of its connection to my existing email!

I just wanted to share an experience with Winefred Lake Lodge and the owners of Great White Holdings - the new owners of Winefred Lake Lodge.

Quick backstory. I am the son of one of the founding members of the Fishing With GOD tour (not religious - GOD stands for: Gleboff / Oberg / Daymond); and this group has gone to Winefred Lake Lodge for 33 years as of this year. I personally have been on the trip for 14 years and I am proud to say the only year we couldn't get everyone together was the 2020 Pandemic Lock-downs in the spring. Our group has seen owners come and go and has had the pleasure of working with all of them. George / Paul / Carol & Gary etc. As of 2018 (I believe) - Lloyd McMahon and his son Jon purchased the lodge from Carol and Gary. We booked the 2019 year like any other year - 12 guys go on this trip usually but it has fluctuated to as much as 16 - 20 on special anniversary years - and we noticed some differences from the operational styles from Carol and Gary to Jon McMahon (Lloyd's son). The trip was OK but only OK as we felt there were some unwelcoming moments from conversing with Jon and some of the lodge staff on hand at that time. No big deal - let's give them another try right?

Wrong.

I booked this trip in the early part of 2020 as the pandemic was shaky but we remained cautiously optimistic - after all we didn't want to lose our spot in the last week of May for the spring fishing run so it was booked and deposited with Jon McMahon himself.

As the pandemic raged into Canada and hit Alberta quite hard - obvious lock-downs were implemented and this trip was required to be put on hold as space restrictions and close contact orders were in place and we were not going to be able to access the lodge in accordance with the Alberta Government's demands. Not to mention we have some older gents in our group that have potential comorbidities that could seriously jeopardize their overall health if they caught the disease.

So here's where things go crazy. I reached out to Jon McMahon about the issue and stated that because of the issues of the pandemic preventing us from coming in the Spring - lets move the trip to the fall; he complied with my request and we mutually committed to speaking in the later summer to see where things were at in the province in respects to health orders - close quarter contact rules etc. In the fall there was no better result - and we had concerns. At this moment I asked Jon to refund us our deposit and we would speak in the late part of 2020 to see where things were at with this pandemic - obviously targeting a spring trip for 2021 since 2020 was a write off.

Jon refused to refund our money - and said he would only furlough the trip to 2021. Now obviously this guy doesn't realize the gravity of his actions - our group had never missed a year until this year so what was the big deal when it came to refunding the money we couldn't use? To no avail - he wouldn't budge. So I complained formally to the BBB about his actions but the BBB isn't a regulatory agency - they can only reach out to the lodge and inform of the complaint but there is no force of hand here. This is bad business practice in my opinion. What is Great White sold the lodge in that time frame? Or claimed bankruptcy? How am I going to get my group's funds back? I stayed polite and cordial throughout this entire ordeal but finally came back to speak with Megan (not sure her role) and she actually helped accommodate us into having a 2021 fall trip as 2021 spring was still contentious with the pandemics rules at the time.

So I requested that because we basically loaned them our money for the last year we have some better accommodations as a mutual "you help me / I help you" scenario. She obliged and we agreed on instead of having two cabins for the trip - 6 eagles nest rooms; and each eagles nest room is supplied with a boat.* Things were looking up, the trip was booked and off we went for the last weekend of August to close out the summer.

We arrived at the lodge on Thursday (August 26th, 2021) and everything seemed normal. We noted limited staff on site at the time but no big deal at this point, we are going to get the two boats we brought in the lake and get everyone mobilized into their respective lodge boats to get some afternoon / early evening fishing in. The dock hand gave us specific instructions that truck tires weren't allowed to leave the pad as they had a few sunken trucks that year; kind of hard to believe because the lake is 2-3 feet deep in that area at max - but whatever let's get going right?

So with the first day over - we came back to the Eagles Nest rooms - made some dinner and enjoyed the evening. When everyone went to bed - I went personally to have a shower and to my surprise - the water was off. No cold water - no hot water; couldn't shower or flush the toilet. I found it strange but went to bed and figured I would mention it to the maintenance guy on site in the morning.

Next morning - others had already mentioned the no water situation to the dock hand and the dock hand said he would mention it to the maintenance guy when he saw him. No problem - let's go fishing. Fishing was a bit slow, but the weather was unbelievably nice - couldn't complain. We did have a crisis however in the later afternoon as I personally did not hug into Wally's island close enough to round the rock island in the north to the northwest of the island - we prop struck on the ledge and my boat was dead in the water. I had loaned out my spare prop so we paddled our way to the rock island shore to begin calling for help. We landed on the shore - and I immediately called Winefred Lake Lodge's contact number (which is the same as Great White Holdings) and it went straight to voicemail. Not good. I called and nobody answered - I called the old Winefred Lake number which was a Fort McMurray number - no answer. Left messages - no answer or reply. What are we supposed to do! The weather is coming in (lightning storm) and we are stuck in the middle of the north end of Winefred Lake! I tried and tried and finally got frustrated and called Trapper Paul at Outfitters for help. He was more ****ed off than us for the situation because he couldn't believe how the lodge was handling their clients; what if someone was hurt or sick? How would Winefred Lake Lodge support it?

Paul did me a major favour and came and picked us up - we towed my boat back to his place; tied off and went up on shore to talk while he had a few day trip clients to get out as Sheri was away and he was flying solo this weekend. He then came back to us and said he'd give us a ride to Winefred Lake Lodge; at this point I feel like a complete dunce. The only guy who could help me wasn't even my outfitter and he was doing me a massive favour. We had chatted earlier the year before but hadn't made too much of a formal relationship to really be common with each other. So I felt like I was wasting his time. He drove us back over to the lodge and we managed to get a hold of some of our guys on the trip and we told them to tell Winefred Lake Lodge staffers to not even bother coming to retrieve us - Paul was taking care of it. So we rekindled some brief memories on the drive with Paul - talked about his place to pass the time and wouldn't you know it; when we arrived - no dock hands or Winefred Lake Lodge staff was down at the dock to help us unload our gear and get reset. The dock hours run from 8-8 daily; when we arrived it was 6:30; so they knew Trapper was coming and didn't want to face the music from their embarrassing display of attempting to be an outfitter.

When we got back up to the Eagles Nest that evening we found out the water was off again and the maintenance guy was actually on the lake that morning; very strange seeing as the dock hand made it seem like he was busy with other maintenance duties at the lodge and was going to get to the water pump issue shortly after they spoke. This trip was turning into a joke. Now everyone in our group is annoyed. The lodge can't help us on the lake - can't provide fresh water - management is nowhere to be found and this is going to be acceptable? I walked over the staff rooms and knocked on the dock hands door to explain how I needed the 5th boat of our 6 guaranteed boats for the trip; he said he wasn't sure he would have one available for me. I reminded him that we have had this trip booked for two years - had all the details ironed out and because of poor planning and bad maintenance I was to deal with it and not get what I paid for? He pleaded with me to come see him in the morning and we would work something out.

So in my head if he can't support my group's needs for boats - what about everyone else's? We talked to our neighbours in the eagles' nest room beside ours and they told us they had booked two boats and Winefred Lake wasn't sure if they could give them a second boat because of how many were down for maintenance - and the whole lodge was completely booked. There were over 25-30 people there this weekend and they expect 3 people to be able to manage the workload? Give me a break.

That night everyone played cards in the conference centre and we all agreed this was probably our final trip to this place. Go to bed filthy again - wake up for another round of fishing - let's get moving

I started the day in waders and walked down to the dock with the intention of helping the dock hand get boats off the logs into the water so all of their clientele could get out that morning. It takes an average of 5-10 minutes to get one setup and he has upwards of 12 boats to get ready; so if you lined up at eight to get on - there was a high likelihood you were not getting on the water until closer to ten. The dock hand told he was OK and the people getting out were staggered a bit better. Day was decent - some slobs were caught; everyone had a decent time. We all headed in for the lodge that early evening and guess what - WATER IS STILL OFF. This has now become ridiculous - you can't flush a toilet, you can't have a shower. This trip was close to EIGHT GRAND and they were going to expect people to believe this was acceptable. People are relieving themselves behind the cabins and eagles nest - people are literally going to the woods forced to defecate in the bush because these clowns can't get a water pump running decently.

We end up in the conference room again - playing the final trips, last games of poker and in walks in the maintenance guy to "check up" on us. On of our founding members asked him a very honest but direct question

"Are you guys going to give us some money back because we have no water we can use ANYWHERE".

The maintenance guy was trying to be polite but ultimately the problem was larger than him - this obviously is a culture bred by management. Jon and Lloyd McMahon simply don't care enough - so why would these staff? The staff working that weekend didn't even know they were booked for a full lodge; they ACTUALLY TOLD US THIS. It was a joke.

Sorry for my long story - but let's please recap in layman's terms.

We basically loaned this lodge our deposit for two years - no refund no communication until 2021 and even then the value is out to lunch due to the service quality of the following:
- Not enough boats for the whole lodge due to poor maintenance
- No fresh water for usage by ANY CLIENT
- No emergency preparedness plan or contact details - and actually left a client stranded on the lake under their responsibility. No apology - no reprieve.

People need to read this and wake up to what's going on. Great White Holdings is destroying the legacy of Winefred Lake Lodge. They are spitting in the face of all of the people who have spent money there; had memories there - built family and friends their. They are putting unnecessary pressure on the other outfitter who is not responsible for their laziness; Paul didn't have to help me but he is a man of his word - and true to his craft. Paul Padlesky deserves their business too - he just physically cannot support the demand but EVEN THEN HE STILL HELPS. They are rude to him and have been unfair with him since the day they took over from Carol and Gary - but he keeps to himself and carries on with his business.

Lloyd and Jon McMahon should be ashamed of their actions and lack of care for being "the Premier" fishing destination on that lake. They can pull that moniker down off the website once the two deadbeats figure out the website is down - because the title of "Premier" doesn't apply to them. I am putting this story into the world of public opinion because people need to report this nonsense - and I have 11 other guys to back it up. Lloyd & Jon not only do not deserve that lodge - they don't deserve the right to be titled as "Outfitters" and their track record through the legal system will back that notion. Poaching, lazy, quick cash grab fools who are wrecking the legacy of a once great place - and abusing those who support that lake along the way; it's disgusting. You're not respectable to your clients and you are most definitely the furthest thing from a professional organization in every sense of the term.

Lloyd and Jon - if you read this; know this "experience" is being shared with Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resources. I have recommended to everyone staying there that weekend to do the same. I will never give you money to abandon me again - from now on I will partner with the real Outfitter out there - Trapper Paul & Sheri.


Thanks everyone. Sorry for the King James edition - but it needs to be said.
Absolutely inexcusable and pathetic, sorry you had to pay to endure that!!!!
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Old 09-13-2021, 01:09 AM
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Just went to Paulís at Winefred lake outfitters for two days. Road was great. Prices were reasonable in comparison to the lodge. Super windy but fishing was decent for the time of year all things considered.

Anyone who goes to the lodge or public is insane in my opinion.
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Old 09-13-2021, 08:20 AM
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Meghan is Jonís girlfriend
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Old 09-15-2021, 11:56 AM
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I concur with the posting regarding the new owners of Winefred lake lodge. worst experience in the 30 years that I have been going. Not even close to the previous years. Not pleasant or worth even half of what we paid. They had us hooked and would not release us as they had our 50% deposit. not allowed to use the lodge as that was reserved for full service guests only. begrudgingly let us use the conference room to play poker as we were not entitled and the staff was using it now. What staff, one overworked deck had who was the only shining star here. A maintenance guy who could not get the water pressure system to work for more that an hour a day, and did I mention the filter system was working so it was brown lake water that came out of the tap when it did work.
and the lady who had no idea what to do about anything.
I have been trying to contact the lodge as i left my apple phone up there, no answer on there phones, the web page is down and no response to several emails sent to the lodge and to the business group address. What a horrible low class this place has become in three years. Used to look forward to the annual trip to the lodge, but that ship has not only sailed but it has sunk
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Old 09-17-2021, 03:43 PM
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I know that they are all hunting in the yukon right now
No I am not friends with them lol
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Old 09-19-2021, 08:38 AM
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Winifred lake lodge. The more times itís mentioned in a thread/blog/anywhere the higher on the list order it gets when someone does a search.
Winifred lake lodge.
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Old 09-19-2021, 10:08 AM
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Poor winefred no ones going to want to go there ...
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Old 09-19-2021, 10:28 AM
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Winifred lake lodge. The more times itís mentioned in a thread/blog/anywhere the higher on the list order it gets when someone does a search.
Winifred lake lodge.
And if you spell it right it works better too .......... just teasing you Moose.

I am the worst guy to call you out here

But yes, I agree, people need to see the truth and read the experiences other people have had. If I review something and there's one scathing review from an angry customer, and a bunch of good ones I might consider it .... but If I see many bad reviews from many different clients ... I'm generally going somewhere else !!!!!

so yes, reviews nowadays are HUGE to a business.
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Old 09-19-2021, 10:40 AM
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Winefred Lake Lodge, its owner Great White Holdings which is owned by Lloyd McMahon are a problem in the industry.

Like I said above Lloyd has a reputation that goes back decades for poaching, underhanded deals and slimy business practices. It is also clear that they are posting bogus positive reviews on Google and the positive reviews way outnumber the bad. I also do not see any reviews that look like they they came from the OP or anyone else that has stayed there recently and posted on this thread. Just as a suggestion, Google has a much farther reach than AO.


I see I was typing the same time EZM was posting.
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Old 09-19-2021, 10:46 AM
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Yes, lot's of manipulation out there trying to hide fraud, ethics and poor business practices ......... was much easier in the olden days when we could just run the bad guys out of town.

Same is true of contractors .......... seems the bad guys are clever manipulators of these conduits of information
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