Qualicum is a lot farther south than the halfway point of the Island... It is a nice place and has really attracted the retirement crowd... I like how they have manged to keep their down town area full of small independent shops rather than a strip of box stores.. We looked at that area, but it did not tick enough boxes to consider it a candidate... It is funny, the "remote-ish" to the north of Campbell River that you dislike is what ticked the most boxes on my best place to move to page... There is so much to do up that way for me, today we climbed a mountain and visited a plane crash wreck, Next week we will go camping towards the west side and watch the bears fish from our site..