We will be spending two nights on the east side before heading west to Tofino for three nights. While on the east side, we think we want to go to Cathedral Grove, Qualicum Beach, Qualicum Falls, English River Falls, take a tour to see Killer Whales (do I have the right area for this?), and possibly Campbell River if it's feasible although I'm not quite sure what we'd do there yet.
Questions: Should we definitely stay in Parksville or would something farther north like Courtenay be a better location? Should we plan to see CG, QB, and QF on the day we drive to Tofino? Are we missing any 'must-see's' on the east side?