I was born in Utrecht,                            Nederland and immigrated with my family to Canada in 1976.

I was a young girl at the age of 10 with my eyes wide open in amazement when we landed in Edmonton, Alberta.

My parents settled just south of Leduc and ran a Dutch Import store & gas station, I guess you could say that I received my training growing up in the store.

I moved to Vancouver island in 1994.

                       I have always had a deep fascination for the ocean.

                       It reminds me of the good times my family and I had in Scheveningen.

​                       They weather here is just like Nederland, lots of rain.

I started the store March 14, 2003 and enjoy every minute of it.

The customers are fantastic, happy and fun to to be around.

In 2008 my husband Mike                                     started working with me full time in the store.

Mike is Canadian born, but surprisingly enough, his Mom and Oma are Dutch-Indonesian.

His knowledge of the Indonesian food is of great value.

The other face that you will see in the store is my daughter Aquila.

It is always a pleasure for us when she works in the store with us.

This is truly a family run operation.

We look forward to you stopping by and discovering "A little piece of Holland"



                                   Groetjes van Aranea, Mike en Aquila



My name is Aranea Paras (Van Burik)                     and I have the pleasure of running the Coombs Wooden Shoe Dutch Import Store Ltd. since 2003.

The key to success in any venture is to make sure you enjoy what you are doing, and I love working at the store! 

Coombs Wooden Shoe Dutch Import Store Ltd.

#14, 1343 Alberni Hwy, Parksville, BC. Canada V9P 2B9

Phone: 250-954-2336       email: dutchstore@shaw.ca

Monday to Saturday   9:00 am - 5:00 pm

​Sunday                     10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Only for the summer, May 1 to end of September)