According to legend, it was the Coombs Country Fair weekend and the grass on the roof of the market was higher than the owners liked it to be. After a few drinks, they decided to borrow a few goats to “mow the grass” and provide some entertainment for passing cars. After that day over forty years ago, the goats became permanent tenants of the Coombs Old Country Market rooftop, bringing over a million visitors each year to witness what has made Coombs synonymously known as “Goats On The Roof”.
How can the goats be comfortable on the roof? The resident goats are actually pygmy goats, which are extremely adept at balancing on high elevations. You may recall that Goats are actually able to climb mountains, jagged rocks, and even trees.
Some visitors only stop by to marvel at the sight, but if that is all you do, you’re missing out on the rest of the charm. The unique galleries, studios and shops that share the area are fun to wander around and the Billy Gruff Creamery, with over 70 flavour choices of ice cream, gelato and sorbet, is one not to be missed. Trust us, it wasn’t easy picking one of the delicious flavours.
The Old Country Market reminded us a bit of Vancouver’s Granville Island Market – food products, produce, bakery and a deli amongst the retail outlets. There were gems to find around every corner and so many unique trinkets and delicious scents.
Located next to the Old Country Market, the Coombs Emporium is where you will find giant stone sculptures and quirky shops. The kids loved running around and exploring the impressive sculptures.
Take a look at all the fun surrounding this quirky tourist attraction:
Old Country Market
Billy Gruff Creamery