Aaron’s on the Lake: a lakeside gem in Ponemah, Manitoba

I have a glow of gratitude in my heart. Keeping the gratitude front and centre, in this week’s post, I express gratitude for the wonderful place that I live and the creative, kind, and generous people that have been drawn here to make it their homes, too.


Eleanore and Randy McMahon are the happy couple who own Aaron’s on the Lake Bed and Breakfast in Ponemah, Manitoba.


I recently had the pleasure of meeting Eleanore and Randy McMahon, owners of Aaron’s on the Lake Bed & Breakfast, a welcoming lakeside property in Ponemah, Manitoba, that just opened to the public during the summer of 2018. Eleanore and Randy retired from their jobs in Winnipeg and moved out to the Interlake to embrace a new chapter in their lives as hosts of a three-unit B&B on the shores of Lake Winnipeg.


The lakeside gazebo at Aaron’s on the Lake is a fabulous spot to have a quiet conversation or just sit and appreciate the beauty of nature.


Aaron’s on the Lake is the perfect place for a small special event. I hosted a mindful chocolate and wine tasting at Aaron’s on Oct 20th and it was great fun. So we have another one on June 14, 2019 and are planning our third.

Before the B&B was opened to the public, Eleanore and Randy completed extensive renovations to the property, originally built between 1925 and 1926. They did a great job.


I loved the “Widow’s Walk” watch tower that was added to the original structure in 1933. Aarons’s on the Lake does a great job of fusing the old with the new.

But you might be wondering, “Where the heck is Ponemah?” It’s a tiny hamlet located in the Village of Dunnottar about 50 minutes north of Winnipeg in the Canadian province of Manitoba. Ponemah is about 15 minutes south of Gimli, setting it in the heart of Manitoba’s Interlake region, where you’ll find many exciting festivals and events year-round to attend.

aaron’s on the lake in ponemah, manitoba, is a peaceful place to appreciate nature and solitude

Aaron’s on the Lake offers three guest rooms. Two are in one building (a bit closer to the lake) and the third in a separate building (a bit closer to the road, with a lovely garden view.) Each of the rooms is cozy in a welcoming country style and offers private showers and washroom facilities. Breakfasts are as accommodating to guests’ personal preferences as possible.


This is one of the guest rooms at Aaron’s on the Lake in Ponemah, Manitoba.

Aaron’s on the Lake is open year-round, to give those seeking quiet solitude during the winter months a place to find that solace. There is a fire pit that you can enjoy year-round. For those seeking more active adventure, there is ice fishing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing available right on the lake and throughout the region as well.


If you enjoy sitting around an open fire, you will like the fire pit at Aaron’s on the Lake in Ponemah.


The veranda in the Gardenview building at Aaron’s on the Lake in Ponemah is a most welcoming place.

I love the serene setting at Aaron’s and really appreciated the peaceful ambiance of the three-season veranda in the Gardenview building. Aaron’s offers a lovely setting for small special events and I’ve been thrilled to use the venue for chocolate and wine pairing events.


The inaugural chocolate and wine pairing event we had at Aaron’s on the Lake in October, 2018, was fantastic–partly due to the warmth of the hosts and the great venue. We had the next one on June 14, 2019, and are hosting the third event on September 20th, 2019. Do visit their website for more info on special events at Aaron’s or to book your spot to stay at Aaron’s on beautiful Lake Winnipeg.


Doreen Pendgracs

Known throughout the Web as the "Wizard of Words", I've been a freelance writer since 1993. I researched and wrote Volume I of Chocolatour that won a Readers' favourite Award in 2014. Always enjoy experiencing new destinations and flavours.

46 Responses

  1. Frances Petrowski says:

    Attended the chocolate and wine pairing event on June 14. What a wonderful evening! I learned a lot about chocolate- where it is grown, how it’s made and the different types of chocolate. The samples were exquisite and paired well with the different wines. My new favourite word is “chocogasm.”

  2. shawn says:

    aaron’s on the lake in ponemah is the best place. I’ve been there 2 times and I just love this place. did some ice fishing too there. it was amazing

  3. Aron’s on the Lake is an absolutely charming spot in Manitoba! What a great venue choice for your chocolate and wine tasting event!

  4. Lori says:

    What a lovely and cozy place to stay, and I love that they’re open year round. I bet Manitoba is beautiful in the wintertime. I’d love to stay at Aaron’s on the Lake!

  5. Sue Reddel says:

    Aaron’s On The Lake looks like an adorable place for a celebration. I love a porch like that to sit and relax.

  6. Your October 20th chocolate event should also have the added bonus of fall foliage—or am I am naive northeast United Stateser who doesn’t “get” the seasons in Manitoba? This looks like a lovely locale for Winnipeg residents who feel the need to leave city life behind for a while all year round and for tourists in the area.

    • Thanks so much for your comment, Suzanne. You are most correct in that we do have colourful foliage here in Manitoba. But there has been an unusually cool climate with heavy winds this fall that have caused a good percentage of the foliage to have already hit the ground. We’re still hoping for a reprieve, and what is locally known as “Indian Summer” that will bring back some warmer temps before the snow comes. 🙂
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  7. Aaron’s on the Lake looks like the perfect place to enjoy a chocolate and wine tasting event. I love ice-fishing but generally the accommodations are a bit too rustic for me. This lovely B & B looks like just my style.

  8. Happy Late Thanksgiving! Ours is next month and is a treasured holiday. Aaron’s looks like a very lovely spot. I hope your event is wonderful.

  9. Chantal says:

    I have never visited this area. It looks lovely!

  10. What a cozy place! Wish I were closer to attend your chocolate event!

  11. Kemkem says:

    I love B&B experiences. Aaron’s on the lake looks idyllic and the veranda very inviting. I agree they did a wonderful job with restoration. I wouldn’t mind spending time there and l can understand your giving thanks for the beautiful area of Canada that you live in. Good luck with the chocolate event 🙂

  12. Aaron’s on the Lake looks a lovely peaceful place, ideal for a relaxing getaway. I hope your chocolate event goes well!

  13. This couple looks so lovely! Together with this beautiful house, it all seems to be a fairytale 🙂 Glad you are able to experience these wonderful things

  14. Esther says:

    Hi Doreen!
    I didn’t know anything quite so wonderful existed in the tiny village of Ponemah. The images are absolutely delightful! Some places are progressing beautifully — this is just my style! Love the veranda and the fire pit.

  15. What a beautiful place to spend a few days (or longer!). Any business that offers some respite from the cold winters is definitely worth celebrating and Aaron’s definitely makes the cut! Would love to head out there if I ever get the chance!

  16. Sharon Brandow says:

    I was fortunate to attend the open house at Aaron’s on the Lake this summer. It is a lovely location with charming rooms. I am happy to have a place in our village for friends and family to stay when our place is full up. It is a wonderful addition to Dunnottar.

    • Doreen says:

      It is indeed, Sharon! It’s so easy to miss Aaron’s when passing by it on Gimli Road. It is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Looking forward to our event there. I’m sure it will be great fun.

  17. Janine says:

    You’ve provided a really good summary of this gem of a place. I had the pleasure of staying at Aaron’s on the Lake with my husband a few times since it opened and what a wonderful place it is. Absolutely lovely. The hosts are thoughtful and so good at what they do. Highly recommend it. Wishing you the best with your wine and chocolate event. A perfect way to treat yourself is to combine those two things with a stay at Aaron’s!

    • Doreen says:

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences at Aaron’s, Janine. We are so fortunate that Randy & Eleanore have put so much work and thought into restoring this property.

  18. Pat says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Doreen. Aaron’s on the Lake looks like a great place to stay. Love the veranda. Look forward to your follow up after the event.

  19. Now that’s a real lovely B&B! You would find me at the veranda most often, I guess!

  20. Janet says:

    I am looking forward to seeing Aarons on the Lake while attending the Wine and Chocolate Event there on the 20th with you guiding us thru the pairings.

  21. What a quaint stop along the lake in Ponemah. It looks like a great place to unwind and enjoy the rustic beauty of the region. We can picture ourselves sitting by the firepit enjoying a glass of wine and some dark chocolate at sunset.

  22. senthil says:

    Aaron’s on the Lake seems like a good place for conversation. Thx for sharing ……….

  23. Looks like s great place Doreen. Happy Thanksgiving!

  24. Judy says:

    It looks very inviting, Doreen. Wish we were traveling that way and could stop in for your event. Happy Thanksgiving!

  25. Beverly says:

    You have provided an extensive profile of Aaron’s on the Lake. It looks like such a peaceful and welcoming place. You tell its story so well through you words and pictures. I hope attendance at the upcoming event you will be hosting there is wonderful!

  26. Linda Strange says:

    Isn’t that lovely ! My favourite area would be the verandah. What a great location for all the events in Gimli through the seasons. Happy Thanksgiving, lovely person.

    • Thx so much, Linda. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Doug as well. Feeling so blessed and so grateful. Just came home from a turkey dinner at Janet’s. Last night was a wonderful dinner with TM friends in Selkirk. And tomorrow, a dinner in Wpg with my cousins. And, yes. I know you would appreciate the peaceful ambiance at Aaron’s. It’s really a lovely place.

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