Adam & Devin Sweeny
After their first full season as fishing lodge owners, it’s clear that Adam and Devin Sweeney have a true passion for the business and the lifestyle that goes along with it. The Sweeney brothers purchased the lodge in late 2021 after falling in love with the fishing, property, and the unique guest experience established by the Schoenfelders over many years of care and commitment.
Adam and Devin are also the owners of Gowlland Towing Ltd., a marine towing business based in Campbell River, BC. In their spare time, they are both avid hunters and fishermen themselves, and are very familiar with remote living having grown up on northern Vancouver Island. Family oriented and outdoors obsessed, you can expect to see Adam and Devin and their families at the Lodge often during the season.
Breanna has worked her way through the ranks over 7 years at Quatsino Lodge, from dishwasher to chef, and now to General Manager. Breanna will be spending less time in the kitchen (if she can help it!) and more time hosting, training new staff, and coordinating with guests. As always, she is looking forward to seeing everyone's smiling happy faces this summer!
Mike joined the Quatsino Lodge family in 2017 and has been an excellent team member ever since. His positive attitude and boisterous laugh keep things upbeat on and off the boat. He has been fishing his entire life and his skill level never ceases to impress. Mike has grown into a much sought-after member of the fishing team and his friendly competitive spirit does inspire the whole team.
Les has been a fishin' fool for most of his life. He has spent many years fishing with family and friends and then running his own boat. We are excited to have him on our team. He comes to us with enthusiasm, experience and energy. Folks are loving it and Les is too. He "loves his job" and it shows. He also loves his dessert. And that means the kitchen loves you too Les.
Terry began guiding back in 1979. In 1984, he started working with Walt at the sportfish centre. In the early 90's Terry started adventuring out to greener pastures, as many other sport fishing guides did. Gold river was hot - but Quatsino was hotter and it reminded Walt and Terry how good fishing used to be, back in the old days in Campbell River. When Walt asked Terry to join him in Quatsino he could think of no place he would rather be so in 1998 he started the annual journey north to Gods Country.
Neil has been our regular part time guide for years. He is a master fisherman who began his guiding career in Campbell River in the late 70s and has been consistently producing fish everywhere he works since. He also is one of the few fellows who can run the SeaPig so we like to have him up as often as possible. Neil is father to Nico and Rafaelle, who have both spent a few years in the past as part of our team. Neil will only be with us for a bit this busy summer so if you are lucky you'll get to have him take you out.
Evan started at the lodge as a buzz cut, big eared, 11 year old. His eagerness, keen eye and passion for fishing has culminated in him starting his guiding career with Quatsino Lodge in 2021. And did he ever rock it out of the park. Evan’s constant good mood, sense of humour, strong work ethic and team motivation keeps us all entertained and trucking forward. 2021 was a stellar year of guiding for him and we anticipate only more and better each year to come. (Needless to say papa bear Les of the Blue Top fame is pretty proud!).
Nick had a rod in his hand from the time he could walk and his career as a sport fishing guide has very much mirrored that of his father, Walter Schoenfelder. Nick's enthusiasm, experience and commitment to the family business has earned him the reputation as a first rate guide and nothing pleases him more than seeing his guests reel in and land the fish . . . especially if they are bigger than those landed by his dad! Nick doesn't fish full-time at the lodge but is available for request charters.
Charlie has become an avid outdoorsman since moving out West from Ontario 15 years ago. He began fishing the great lakes and rivers of Ontario at a young age and quickly became hooked with passion for the sport.
Charlie has been fishing the Strait of Georgia for over 10 years running his own boat sharing the love of fishing with family and friends. He has great knowledge and experience of the West Coast Vancouver Island fishery and is always on the hunt for the next bite. Charlie will be a new addition to our guide team this upcoming 2023 season and he couldn't be more excited.
Allister has been a full-time fishing guide since 2014. First introduced at an early age, fishing became an instant passion and eventually a career. Al grew up in BC and has been fostering a relationship with nature since he could walk. An avid outdoorsman, hunter, and all-season fisherman, he’s right at home on the Wild West Coast. His experience, patience, and love for teaching others how to fish make for an unforgettable day on the water."
As someone who has grown up fishing and on the water, I’m thrilled to be returning for my second season at Quatsino Lodge. It’s been a busy year for me as I’ve been pursuing my second year of biology at the university of Victoria. Outside of school you can find me fishing with my dad (and my dog fisher), camping and hiking. All in all I’m a sucker for the outdoors! I’m looking forward to meeting all the newcomers this year and seeing all the returning guests.
I'm most happy when I'm outdoors and on an adventure. I play guitar and am passionate about music. This will be my first year at the lodge and I'm excited for the great season ahead!
2023 will be my third summer working at the lodge, you can find me doing food prep in the kitchen, packing coolers or spending time fishing off the boat docks. My hobbies include fishing, beach-combing, exploring the forests and drawing. I look forward to seeing you all this summer
Tamara & Luke
Tamara & Luke are both excited to be at the lodge this summer and meet all of you. Luke is very familiar with Quatsino, having grown up with a summer home there. He spent his last year finishing a kinesiology degree, whilst enjoying fishing, hiking and carving. Tamara has been managing a coffee shop the last year, but is excited to be back for another season at the lodge. She is a coffee snob, loves reading & music, and hiking with her husband.
Hello my name is Wyatt, I am 15 and I was born and raised on Vancouver Island. I love to work at Quatsino Lodge and to meet new people. I enjoy outdoor activities like: fishing, hunting and hiking, I am also very creative and i am trying to increase my skills at making outdoor videos with my drone. Looking forward to seeing you all out at the lodge again this season
I grew up in Port Hardy and love the freedom, fresh air and open space here. I’ve just come back from travelling Australia and I’m looking forward to my first summer at the lodge before heading off to University to pursue nursing. I love to talk, so chat me up about my national daisy air rifle championships or deer hunting with my Dad.
My name is Lilly Sweeney I’ve lived on Vancouver island my whole life and I love the outdoors. I’m excited to spend my summer at Quatsino lodge and getting a chance to meet new people. I love hiking, snowboarding, playing guitar, and hunting.