Shopping (Kevin Arnold photo)
Shopping is a recreational sport in Coombs, a tiny rural community 8.7km/5.4mi west of Parksville, with what must be one of the most eclectic arrays of one-of-a-kind retail outlets in North America.
A good selection of independent retailers and a summer street market also make downtown Parksville a haven for browsers. And award-winning cheeses and a fine selection of fruit wines are available at Morningstar Farm, home of Little Qualicum Cheeseworks.
Coombs Old Country Market
Originally opened as a produce stand in the early 1970s, Coombs Old Country Market has evolved into a multi-faceted emporium specializing in imported goods and foodstuffs. The market is fondly known by many for the goats grazing on its sod-covered roof from April through October.
Seasonal produce and flowers remain a signature of the market.