wrong hwy ?
"....to be honest, I was rather disappointed with the whole Vancouver Island. I'd read a lot of RR about how amazing the ride along the island was this or that but all the way to Campbell River, it was just a 2 lane divided highway without much in terms of scenic views..."
You must have stayed on the newer Hwy #19 and not taken the 'scenic route' which is by the water, known as Hwy #19A ? .... that's where you find all the little shops, etc.
Nice AK write up ... but no Stewart-Cassiar or Alaska Hwy ? .... guess it's a long way from San Francisco eh ?