Rupert has it’s good points and it’s bad points, to be honest with you. Having lived there for twenty years and then moved on, I realise that it’s a place that does have a lot to offer if you enjoy nature and don’t mind living an “eight hour drive before you can make a significant right turn”. (my husband’s phrase)
Do you mind getting wet? I know that we think of rain as a alternative to shovelling snow but with all that rain comes a lot of grey and gloomy skies…there is nothing prettier than Rupert when the sun is shining but a lot of people find the winter months oppressive. In Rupert you don’t tan, you rust.
As for the economics of the town, it’s slowly coming back from a very,very hard blow when the mill went offline years ago. When I was there three years ago I found it a lot bleaker and looking very run-down but with the container port coming online there is a new sense of optimism growing amongst some of the residents. Compared to the recession times of the 8O’s, I think the town has a much bigger hole to work it’s way out of but at least there is some movement in getting industry back on it’s feet. I think it does need an influx of new and fresh faces but please bear in mind it’s a place that is not going to be all shiny and pretty overnight, there are a fair number of societal problems going on (theft,vandalism,etc) that could impact you and while there is hope for Rupert’s future, it’s going to take a lot of work on everyone’s part to get the place back as a truly great place to be.
As for me, we turned down the chance to return there permanently this spring. Why? As much as it would be a chance to reconnect with friends, we wanted to be someplace closer to good higher education for our kids and a longer season for outdoor recreation. Those were the two factors that made our decision fairly easy but I think you should talk to as many people as possible and preferably in person before you make any kind of decision yourself. Good luck!!