You must be thinking, what the heck is a goat walk?! Completely understandable, because that was our same thought as we nearly drove right past Dave’s Goat Walk and The Log Barn. As it turns out, a goat walk is a special overhead platform created for the goats so that they can climb to the top and look down on people. Tin cans are connected to pulley wheels and when people fill the cans with corn, the goats use their hoofs to spin the wheels and raise the cans until they are rewarded with corn. Needless to say, we too purchased some corn to watch the goats in action! It was worth the twenty five cents!
We have to admit, we didn’t think we would find anything as quirky as this place in British columbia, but we’re glad we did!
The goats didn’t seem to think that there was anything special about their living circumstances. It might be that they just don’t know how good they have it, but it was fun to watch these goats fearlessly scale the boardwalk twenty-something feet in the air.
I am usually afraid of animals other than our cat, Luna, but I decided to be brave and pet the goat. Their fur is coarse and they are a little careless with their horns. They occasionally hook your pants and dig there horns into your legs, incidentally while searching your hands for goodies you might have for them!
Dave’s Goat Walk is part of the Log Barn, which brands itself as being the home of Mennonite Sausage and Butter Crust Pie. The Log Barn strives to provide a healthy and nostalgic experience inspired by the culinary traditions of Mennonite pioneers.
We took a good hour searching through the produce and trinkets inside, partly because it was a relief to be out of the car for a while, and partly because there were so many interesting things to look at!
There was everything from hundreds of assorted gourmet meats and cheeses, to candy and non name brand specialty sodas, or for our Canadian audience, Pop.
They also happen to have dinosaurs… Looking past the dinosaurs, is a great example of a nature tunnel. Many of these were seen along our journey, constructed under and over the roads to give wildlife a safe place to cross instead of risking passage over the ruthless road unprotected. Canadians take their ecological preservation very seriously, some of these bridges are so big it seems like you could play football atop them.
Dinosaurs apparently like to eat people ;)
…we are not sure how King Kong fits into all this but you can sit on him… so naturally we took advantage of the photo op.
If you don’t like goats, Mennonite Sausage, or even dinosaurs, we are sure there is something here for you. Josh and I left with a bunch of beef jerky that held off our hunger until we stopped for dinner. We would have pictures of that too but we ate it too fast. It seems like whenever we get the opportunity to pull over, the view alone is usually worth it.
If our post inspired you, Dave’s Goat Walk is on Hwy. 97A (Vernon-Sicamous Hwy.) about 6 km NE from Armstrong or about 7 km South of Enderby. We hope you visit!
What are some quirky places like Dave’s Goat Walk and The Log Barn that you have been to?