When I think of Coombs, I think of two things: goats on the roof and ice cream! What? Goats on the roof. Yes. You read that right. What more could you want?
Coombs is a small community of only about a thousand people located ten kilometres west of Parksville. It’s a two-hour drive from Victoria. The Old Country Market features the most famous site in Coombs: the goats hanging out and eating grass on the market’s roof.
As explained on the market’s website, the roof was inspired by the founder’s Norwegian heritage. In Norway, it’s not strange to build houses into the hills so that they’re covered in soil and grass. About 30 years ago, the owners had the idea to borrow some goats to eat the long grass during the Coombs market.
The goats on the roof were a huge hit! They are now one of the most famous tourist attractions on Vancouver Island!
If you go up in the summer, you might have to try a couple of times before you see the goats on the roof. It’s often too hot for them to spend too much time up there.
Speaking of the heat, after you try to catch the goats, get an ice cream! The Billy Gruff Creamery has a huge selection of different flavours of ice cream to help you cool down on a hot day.