Otterburne was founded along the first operating railway in Manitoba, and thus all of the western Canada. This was the branch line built from the United States to Pembina and completed late in 1878. Its construction was a prerequisite to the building of the CPR mainline, because it provided a supply route for the material necessary to construct the western portion of the transcontinental.
The Roman Catholic Church of Saint-Viateur located on this community's main street, stands the test of time and continues to serve its parishioners and visitors well.
Providence College was founded in 1925 and re-located to Otterburne in 1970. Today, it is one of the largest Christian colleges and seminaries in Canada.
Rural Municipality of De Salaberry. In 1962, it was consolidated into Otterburne Consolidated School District No. 2400.The Otterburne School District was established in March 1909 and a one-room schoolhouse operated at NE24-6-3E in the