I have been visiting Campbell River at least 3x a year since 1996 and finally had to make it my home in 2005. It has all of the great things that a BC adventure mecca could offer but still has the same small town feel that I grew up with back east.
We never lack for things to do whether it's the arts, hiking in the mountains or in the rain forests amongst ancient cedars, kayaking (on one of 200+ lakes or the ocean), fishing (we are the salmon capital of the world!), whale watching, mountain biking, shopping, skiing, snowmobiling, etc. The people in the community are so friendly too. I loved visiting Campbell River but love being a resident even more.