Shopping in Coombs BC

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Coombs BC takes its hippy heritage seriously. If you can imagine a totally funky market with goats literally on the roof, grazing, you are in the right place.

Goats on the Roof Old Country Market is located at 2326 Alberni Highway, west and north of Parksville, and west and slightly south of Qualicum Beach. It’s no more than a 15 minute drive from either town.

The market, apart from its unusual roofing, has a deli section, a bakery, a restaurant at the back, a great cheese section, a wild selection of craft items including home furnishings, bamboo fans for cooling yourself, tablecloth, quilted rugs, wooden toys and more.

In the town square (I guess you’d call it) is a second hand bookstore, Cozy Corner Books, with a lot of comic books at a loose level of organization.

There’s also a building with fresh fruit and vegetables which helped us stock up as we were self-catering on this trip.

I noticed that across the way from the market was being renovated so we’re looking forward to see what funky shops end up in there.

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