No Goats on the roof ;-(


We visited Coombs on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada on a Sunny Saturday afternoon during our 2015 Vacation.


The Old Country Market (Goats on the roof ) is one of our favorite places to visit.

dsc_7847Unfortunately the goats weren’t out yet ;-(


“A popular stopping point for tourists on the way to the west coast, the little village of Coombs is dotted with several heritage buildings, small gift and craft shops and antique stores. Coombs is also known for the family of goats nimbly grazing on the grass rooftop of the Coombs Old Country Market.” – Vancouver island.


We bought Mrs. Balls Chutney which is from South Africa, fresh-baked bread, spices, etc. They sell a big selection of groceries, gifts, spices, art supplies, etc. for very reasonable prices.


“The original market was created by Kristian Graaten. Kris and his wife, Solveig, emigrated with their children to Vancouver Island from Norway in the 1950s. Kris, who grew up in the small community of Lillehammer, was inspired to include a sod roof in his design of the market. Many Norwegian homes and farm structures are built directly into the hillside with the sod roof becoming an extension of the hillside. With the help of sons, Svein and Andy, and son-in-law, Larry, Kris unwittingly began to build what would become perhaps the most famous sod-roof building in the world.”

“And now the question, “What if we put goats on the roof?”” – The Old Country Market


The Old Country Market


Afterwards we had fish and chips on the patio. That evening we had the bread with cheese, balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

Next: Nanaimo Marina and more coming soon.

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  1. I love the carpet type coverings on the lamps, which look very Moroccan to me. Are they light fittings? Wouldn’t they set on fire if you left the light on too long? Are they only decorative? Everything looks so interesting – I would have to leave the credit card in the Dutchman.

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  2. This is wonderful post. Inside photos show what there is inside. I believe that goats can be on roofs, because in the northernmost part of Norway we have seen some houses with turf roofs on our road trip to Nordkapp.

    Thank You for this very interesting post. Happy midsummer!

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    • I’m glad you liked it, it is a very interesting and colorful store. I think you wife will also like it. We have fortunately seen the goats, but apparently it was still to early in the season for them ;-(
      Thank you you too, have a wonderful weekend.


  3. When I see interesting photos like this, it reminds me that there are so many wonderful things in the world still to see! I will have to come up to Canada, as I have never been there. When I went to Japan, there was a long street with stores selling all kinds of interesting items. Unfortunately, I don’t speak or read Japanese—so it was rather frustrating! I would have loved to try some of the food but I didn’t know what a lot of it was and I could not read the instructions. Sigh.
    It was all beautiful though.

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