We spent most of the winter skiing at Mount Washington, so spent a lot of weekends in the mid-island. Our camping spot was about half way between Courtenay and Campbell River, and we've done a lot of exploring around the area.
Mount Washington and Strathcona Provincial Park are well worth a trip up the mountain. Mount Washington is a great ski resort in winter and mountain biking park in summer, as well as offering zip lining and scenic chair lift rides. The views from the mountain out to the ocean and the Gulf Islands are stunning!
The ferry to Quadra Island departs from Campbell River, but we haven't made it over to the island yet! The Denman and Hornby ferry departs from Buckley Bay just down the coast, and is definitely worth a visit too.
Towns don't have to start with the letter 'C' in the central region of Vancouver Island, but it helps! Courtenay, Cumberland and Comox are all nestled in the Comox Valley, while Campbell River is just a little further up the coast. The region was originally home to the Pentlatch and K'omoks First Nations.