Coombs of British Columbia Information, Insights, and Tips

Have You Heard of Coombs, B.C.?

Coombs, B.C. is a unique shopping destination right off Highway 19, and on the route to Port Alberni, Ucuelet and/or Tofino. It has many unique items that you might not be able to find at all accross Canada.

It’s most known for it’s Old Country Market with the goats on the roof! (Just like in the picture, above)

It’s a place though with many unique shops. They have all sorts of art, carvings, keep sakes, clothes, and local sourced goods as well. Coombs is it’s own unique place that stands out for many, which leaves a long lasting impression on visitors of Coombs B.C.

Coombs B.C. is kind of like the downtown area of the community of Arrowsmith, if you want to call it that.

Coombs is A Part of the Arrowsmith Community

What many people passing through on their way to Tofino, B.C. or Ucuelet, B.C. don’t pay much attention to, is that Coombs, B.C. is actually not just a rural unique shopping destination as people know it for thanks to the famous goats on the roof and goats on the roof bumper stickers.

It’s a part of a wonderfully connected community that holds all sorts of community events thanks to the non-profit organization Arrowsmith Community Recreation Association (ACRA). ACRA is led by a generous board of community members who volunteer their time to organize, plan and coordinate some great events that are diverse in their activities and frequent on the Calendar!

About The Arrowsmith Community

The Arrowsmith Community connects together the areas of Coombs, Errington, and Whiskey Creek. For most travelling through, you wouldn’t expect how connected these areas can be with a sense of community. 

It’s a rural area with lots of big plots of land, many mainly zoned for agriculture use. The space in between each home doesn’t stop neighbours from connecting with one another in their community though. This is thanks the volunteer organized and run Arrowsmith Community Recreation Association (ACRA). 

ACRA keeps the calendar jam packed with events that suit all ages and personalities, that gives a chance for locals and others to come in and connect with the community.

1. Recreation and Outdoor Activities:

  • ACRA offers a diverse range of free and affordable recreation programs and events, catering to the rural residents of Coombs, Errington, and Whiskey Creek.
  • Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the rustic adventures and scenic hikes in the area, including Englishman River Falls Provincial Park, which features two stunning waterfalls and swimming holes that stays a perfect temperature in the summer. MacMillan Provincial Park, home to Cathedral Grove with its magnificent Douglas-fir trees, and Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park are also popular destinations for nature lovers.
  • Mountain biking enthusiasts can enjoy the trails at Hammerfest in Errington, which offers a large network of trails for both cross country and downhill biking. Mount Arrowsmith and Mount Cokely provide challenging hiking opportunities with rewarding panoramic views.

2. Attractions and Events:

  • Coombs Old Country Market is a must-visit attraction known for its rooftop goats and wonderful variation of shops. Visitors can browse for souvenirs, enjoy delicious baked goods, and explore the market’s unique offerings that has items you might not be able to find many other places accross Canada.
  • The region hosts various community events throughout the year, such as the Coombs Bluegrass Festival, which is the longest-running bluegrass festival in British Columbia. The Coombs Fair, held annually since 1913, brings together food, vendors, animals, and amusements for a fun-filled experience. The Errington War Memorial Hall also offers a regular lineup of live music and performances.

3. Community Spirit and Involvement:

  • The Arrowsmith Community is known for its strong sense of community spirit and involvement. ACRA works closely with local organizations and businesses to run recreation programs and assist in organizing community events.
  • The community maintains a community cupboard where musical instruments, craft supplies, and other recreation equipment can be loaned for community programs and events. This service promotes inclusivity and encourages participation in various activities.

Arrowsmith Property Zoning

  1. Residential Zoning:
    In the Arrowsmith area, residential zoning plays a significant role in shaping the communities. It allows for the development of single-family homes, multi-family dwellings, and other residential structures. This zoning designation ensures that the area maintains its charm while accommodating a range of housing options to meet the diverse needs of residents.

  2. Acreage and Farm Zoning:
    One of the unique aspects of Arrowsmith is the presence of acreages and working farms. These properties offer a rural lifestyle with ample space for agricultural activities and equestrian pursuits. Acreage and farm zoning provide the necessary framework for maintaining these properties, allowing residents to enjoy the benefits of living in a natural oasis while fostering sustainable farming practices. If you’re lucky enough to own a residential zoned property in these areas, you can get local farm fresh products right down the road!

  3. Commercial Zoning:
    Arrowsmith also features commercial zoning areas that cater to the needs of the local community. These zones provide space for businesses, shops, and services, ensuring that residents have convenient access to essential amenities. From cozy cafes to bustling local markets, the commercial zoning in Arrowsmith adds vibrancy and economic opportunities to the region.

  4. Mixed-Use Zoning:
    To create vibrant and diverse neighborhoods, Arrowsmith incorporates mixed-use zoning in certain areas. Thanks to it being a more rural area, it can be more flexible than other city or urban type areas.

  5. Site-Specific Zoning:
    Within the Arrowsmith area, there are properties with site-specific zoning. These properties have unique zoning designations tailored to their specific characteristics and intended uses. For example, a property in Whiskey Creek boasts rare R-2.14 site-specific zoning, allowing for a range of uses, including a principal residence, self-contained suite, mobile home, guest cottage, and more.



With its funky attractions, natural beauty, and range of real estate, Coombs offers the perfect blend of rural charm and modern amenities. There is something for everyone in this delightful Vancouver Island community of Arrowsmith.

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