Campbell River is a large town situated on the mid-East side of the island, it has a harbour with access trips to Quadra island and a wide variety of things to do around.
Close to town you can enjoy the fascinating Elk Falls. Here you have a few options to go and check out the falls, our favourite one is from the parking at the bridge (across from the campgrounds) take the Canyon View trail until the falls, it's a easy loop of 10.6km with minimal elevation gain following the river. The Falls are breathtaking, visible from the new suspension bridge, quite spectacular. It took Marta a while to decided to cross the bridge as it's "terrifying" hahaha Then the trail continues upstream beside the river to Deer Falls, a minor falls with pools and a little further along is the access to the wide pool below Moose Falls. You can loop back via the hydro plant or the way you came.
We had a fun time biking at Snowden demostration Forest (ask for a free map with all the trails and the levels at the info center). There is at least 50 km of trails that link moderate single track to easy and difficult. A combining of trails and routes well-kept with lakes, view points and various parking access. Really cool place to loose yourself for hours of fun riding.
For the rain days we found this cool climbing gym, "On the Rock Climbing" gym-cafe, our dream come true!! We love climbing gyms and cafes, what a delight for us! The owner was really nice. You have a sport climbing section (also auto belays), bouldering upstairs, a mini gym and the cafe with tables and free wifi. Its a very interesting place. You can pay $10 for boulder and $15 for all.
More info: http://rockgym.ca/
WHERE TO SLEEP?
Free camping at Big Bay recreation site next to the lake with easy gravel forestry access 14 km from town. It's a bit little so you might not want to go weekends or late. If not keep heading up the main forestry road there are many more camps for kms.
Quinsam River Campground, next to Elk falls and 2 km from town, costs $20/night and has 122 sites but are kind of private and spacious, with picnic tables, fire pits, toilets and water tab. There is 2 trails connected and a path that goes around the campground taking you to the creek and the kids playground.
A bit further, there is another nice camp free called Elk Creek in the middle of the woods. Pretty nice one beside the creek.
We found a coin shower at the Shell Gas Station at Willis Rd next town. Also has a dump station and a free drinkable water tap.