See the Goats on the Roof at the Old Country Market as they graze on the grass high above curious onlookers.
Each Spring the Old Country Market in Coombs, just west of Parksville, British Columbia becomes a rooftop home to several goats, part of the Vancouver Island's popular Goats on the Roof roadside attraction!
The Old Country Market's history dates back to the 1950s when Norwegian immigrants Kristian Graaten. Kris, his wife Solveig and their children opened the market complete with a sod roof reminiscent of many of the homes found in in their native Norway. One year during the Coombs Fall Fair, several goats were borrowed to 'mow' the unkempt roof and their ensuing popularity have kept several goats atop the roof ever since. A beloved Vancouver Island locale for over thirty years, these famous goats are one of the region's most popular roadside attractions.
The Goats on the Roof have spurred a large development of shops in the area ranging from garden wares to clothing to art and as well as the Old Country Market which sells a wide range of items from fresh produce to freshly baked good to locally made cheeses and toys. Visitors can also grab a meal at the food counter (or an ice cream from the A-frame structure connected to the building) and sit in the outside dining area to watch as the goats graze.
Next time you're on Vancouver Island be sure to visit the famous Goats on the Roof at the Old Country Market in Coombs!
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