My wife and I stayed in Melville for 2 days on our trip across Canada.
While we were walking down the sidewalk the local police car pulled up next to us. We are tourists and do not look like bums. We are a middle class married couple. They asked what we were doing in Melville. They asked to see our identification. The excuse that they gave us was: "There are a lot of people that ride the freight trains and hop off in Melville". What kind of police state is Melville where the police basically say "show me your papers" like in Nazi Germany?
The restaurants in Melville are mostly empty and dirty. There are usually only a few drunk redneck farmers in them. When the bars close the drunks spill out into the streets, yelling and shouting. People that look like they can barely stand up stumble into their cars and drunkenly race back to their houses. They were so loud that we both woke up because of all the noise. Where were the police then? Are they friends with the police and can drive drunk?
Melville is such a small town that there is a lot of gossip. Several times locals would ask us if we were the couple that got "talked to" by the police. It must of been the big event in Melville for the day. I would hate to live in a town where everybody knew everybody else and had to gossip about everything.
There is a long, loud freight train that goes through the middle of town at all hours of the day and night. We were awakened by it, also.
At 6 o'clock in the evening Melville becomes a ghost town. There are no cars driving on streets. I could imagine tumbleweeds rolling across the street like in a Western movie.
The economy in Melville is very bad. We saw many abandoned houses and buildings. The unfriendliness of the town is unlikely to encourage anyone to move there.
In the winter the temperature gets down to -40 degrees and is covered in snow, ice and strong winds. I cannot imagine how expensive the heating bills must be.
The streets have giant potholes in them. The town is also very dirty. After the dirty snow melts, they must not clean the streets or sidewalks because in places they are covered in an inch of dirt and rocks. Even in summer when where were there.
I would not recommend visiting Melville!