Seriously. Nobody is really surprised about the negative press, are they? It would take an extremely sheltered person to think that this city has anything to offer a tourist other than a wet, cold, boring visit to a drab sea-side, has-been city.
Perhaps if Rupert embraced our rain activities i.e.: “Rainy Day Hikes” or put development funds to “real” entertainment e.g.: Performance Acts a’la local performers in tropical regions then touristy-Rupert would be viable.
There’s nothing for people to do here but look. Look at what you ask? I don’t know. I wouldn’t find anything here particularly interesting if I were not from here. Would I travel specifically to see Cranbrook? Sechelt? Port Hardy? No. Why would I?
We need the mountain developed. Build a road or Gondola up there again. Log the whole bugger flat and put condo’s up there - or any development for that matter. That’s how other thriving cities do it - why should we be any different? We wonder why our city doesn’t thrive and yet we cling to “eco-friendly” and “environmental conservation” and get upset when there are no jobs, high crime rates and people moving from town in scores…
I think the negative press should be even stiffer - make it fully know that a visit to Rupert is clearly a miserable, dull affair with the exception of a few nice, niche locations and perhaps the city will pull it’s head out of its ass and target the real money and development. Just my $0.2