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This Adorable Market On Vancouver Island Literally Has Goats On The Roof


Photo: Roy Ostling / Flickr

While there are many unique places to dine and explore on Vancouver Island, not many are as eccentric as Coombs Old Country Market.

Based in downtown Coombs, BC, the popular eatery and grocer has some unusual inhabitants on its rooftop – a tiny herd of goats.

Coombs Old Country Market


The Old Country Market was first established back in the 70s. Kristian Graaten and his wife Solveig decided it might be a neat idea to shock passing drivers with the high rise goats, and they were right.  


Goats On The Roof And More

Famous for a diverse range of international foods, imported goods, baked foods, ice-cream, the spot is a favourite of locals and tourists alike. They have a Cuckoo’s Trattoria and Pizzeria in the back villa as well as a Mexican style taqueria out front. 

The green roof provides the perfect platform for the playful goats, and it also provides insulation in the winter and evaporation in the summer.


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The resident goats are actually pygmy goats, and they are extremely adept at balancing on high elevations. Goats are actually able to climb mountains, jagged rocks, and even trees.

If you are looking for another magical place to explore on Vancouver Island, check out this hike that leads to a beautiful rope swing on the beach.

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