Coombs 2022

While we were camping at Englishman River Falls Provincial  Park on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada during our recent vacation. We visited Coombs again. We have been there many times before. You can see the posts here for more information and photos: Coombs 2019,  Coombs 2012, Coombs Market, Goats on the roof and No Goats on the roof. 

Coombstock – Coombaya The Hippie Store

Coombs is situated between NanaimoQualicumCathedral Grove, Port Alberni, Tofino and Ucluelet.

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

Coombs 2022

“Coombs was established at the turn of the twentieth century by families who arrived as part of the Salvation Army’s immigration program, a humanitarian scheme that brought nearly a quarter of a million poor English and Welsh to Canada.’ – Vancouver Island


Coombs, More than just Goats on the Roof








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