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Goats on the Roof.

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A popular destination in the Parksville/Qualicum Beach area for tourists and local visitors is ‘’Goats on the Roof.’’ in Coombs.

It started out years ago with a few quasi agricultural type buildings under a ‘’green roof’’, occupied by goats. Over the years it developed into a rural shopping centre or market with imported merchandize from China, Mexico, and who knows where else. Needless to say that it includes an ice cream bar, donuts shop, coffee shop, bakery and other goodies.

What attracted us today was the Italien restaurant, the Cuckoo. The menu and service is excellent and comes highly recommended. However, the prices they charge for their alcoholic beverages is outrages.

Nevertheless, we enjoyed the visit and the dinner and I managed to make a sketch of their fruit and vegetable sales shack while sitting in the autumn sun and enjoying a coffee with oatmeal raisin cookies; my favourite past-time.

Produce vending shack of the Goats on the roof compound, in Coombs, BC. The Italien Restaurant building in the background.

The goats were outside today, on top of the roof of the main building. Even though the tourist season is pretty well finished, it was very busy today; hardly any parking spots left.

During our visit to nearby Qualicum Beach, I made a sketch of this grocery store, a complicated building, while Gerda did some site seeing and shopping.

One corner of the Qualicum Foods grocery store.

Years ago I did provide structural engineering services for the architect of this building. He designed many prominent buildings in the Qualicum Beach and Parksville area. The man was very creative, like a sculpter, but his work involved complicated structures.


Author: John Hofman

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