I spent the last weekend on the island searching for Sun. Google Map Link
Meeting a friend early we caught the first ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Sunshine Coast. The "sun" is clearly meant as a joke as rain and limited visibility forced a direct route to Earl's Cove and the ferry to our next stretch of road. The ride to Powell River was expedited and we rolled onto the ferry just before cars started to load without stopping. Success.
Comox had better prospects for Sun. The sky was clouded but the rain was holding off. "Maybe if we go higher we can get through these clouds, lets head up the mountain". Mt. Washington turned from rain to hail attempts as we reached the peak. We passed several dozen cruisers coming down the mountain likely for Canada Day celebrations at the top. It was interesting to hang around with the active skiers as the mountain is still open. The peak was 4 degrees.
Disappointed by the lack of Sun we moved north and across the island to find a new weather pattern. Heading west from Campbell River past Gold River to the ferry was a joy. The rain was on and off but some roads were dry and the point had amazing views. At the Ferry a local was waiting for a boat. We heard stories of past before saying farewell to eat at a Bistro in Gold River.
As the night approached we reached Campbell River as our first option to stop for the night; we decided to head south on the old highway. En' route we saw many Canada Day events in the towns we passed as dusk approached. If you're on the Island beware wildlife as the forest is close, the speed limits are high and there will be something on the road. In a couple hours we met both deer and bear along the road.
Arriving in Parksville we stopped for a moment to watch the fireworks. We chose a place to stay for the night and went through town as the fireworks ended. Our plan was fouled by expensive, occupied and closed hotels. Parksville roads were shut down for pedestrian traffic pouring out from the park and we were stuck navigating alleys and back-roads trying to get around. A motel was found before midnight and sleep soon after 18-19 hours of riding. In hindsight we should have avoided the fireworks.
Next morning arrived early with a quick hotel breakfast, tire check and route selection for Tofino. We previously planned a trip to the northern end of the island but decided it wasn't too interesting and the sun wasn't up there at this point. Tofino is an amazingly complex road with hills, rocks and trees limiting sightlines but terrific repair. The roads were clear of traffic early in the day but the weather dipped below 10 as we headed into the clouds and rain. Coming down the other face we saw more wildlife on the road, the clouds broke up and weather improved. Breakfast in Tofino offered time to relax in the sun and explore the attractions in the area.