Our Heritage — Explore Our Past

Top 5 Ways to Connect with the Past

  1. Who do you think you are? Find out…research your family tree at the Enderby & District Museum and Archives
  2. Explore the history and culture Splatsin First Nation at our annual Arts Festival held each July
  3. Relive your teens with dinner and a movie at our two drive-ins…the D&E Drive In diner and the Starlight Drive-In
  4. Wander Deep Creek Tool Museum and learn all about the implements, tools and appliances your grandparents once used
  5. Embark on a self-guided heritage walk of our historic buildings

Take a glimpse into our past and uncover a side of Enderby you never knew! Whether you’re into uncovering your own family’s roots, learning the history of the Splatsin First Nation, intrigued by turn-of-the-20th-century architecture or fascinated with antique implements and hand tools, we’ve got some fairly interesting ways for you to travel back in time!

Discover (Y)our History

Step into the Enderby & District Museum and Archives for a cool respite on any hot summer day and discover our history, and maybe your own! Our museum is known far and wide for its extensive archival collection of newspapers dating back to 1904 — if your relations made the news in the past century, you can still read all about it today.

The keepers of our collective past, the archivists and volunteers are happy to help you research your family tree, or teach the littlest ones in your family just how to use old-fashioned instruments including a typewriter and rope-making machine. Explore permanent exhibits of Splatsin First Nation artifacts, archival photography, local collections and hand-forged tools and discover for yourself what makes Enderby…well, Enderby!

The Enderby Museum & Archives are open Tuesday to Saturday year ’round. Admission by donation.

Where the Past is on Display

Connect to our history exploring Enderby’s heritage walk, where our storied past is on display for all the world to see.

A self-guided walking tour of town introduces you to the stories behind our historic buildings and the leafy streets that were once home to Enderby pioneers. Learn about the families that first settled here and discover which buildings are made of Shuswap clay and Enderby brick and the varied uses of these heritage buildings have enjoyed over the last century. Pick-up your heritage walking tour map at the Enderby Museum and Archives or at the Visitor Centre in Belvidere Park to begin exploring at your own pace.

Home of the Giant Lawnmower — Deep Creek Tool Museum

If you’ve ever wondered how things were powered before the invention of electricity, then have we got a museum for you! Explore the Deep Creek Tool Museum where owner Herb Higginbottom has curated a one-of-a-kind collection of almost every tool known to man (and woman too!).

Learn the Story Behind the Invention

The Deep Creek Tool Museum is not your average collection of artefacts housed behind velvet ropes and glass cases, far from it! Check in with Herb then be prepared to follow him on a tour of his workshops and out buildings, where his enormous collection of tools is displayed. Herb has a story or two to tell about almost every implement and contraption at the museum, so plan to visit a while!

Something for Every Generation

Discover the implements your grandparents (even your great-grandparents) used when they were kids working on the farm. Ask Herb to fire up the 1925 drag saw or the “hit and miss” engine that fires his wood splitter and you’ll see the clever uses he’s made of antique engines. Thumb your way through a collection of Popular Science manuals that date back to 1913, or wander the “women’s” section where you’ll find one of the first automatic washing machines from 1922 that sold for just under $10. Learn how to make rope out of twine or the way eggs used to be sorted down on the farm. Bring the kids along and show them the hand-pumped vacuum used back in the day; they’ll be glad for our modern conveniences.

Directions to Deep Creek Tool Museum

Travel up Highway 97B, turn at Deep Creek Road, the museum is about a mile ahead; you can’t miss it…there’s a giant (20-ft tall!) reel lawnmower sitting in the front yard!

The Deep Creek Tool Museum is open by admission Wednesday to Sunday throughout the year, no appointment necessary.