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Sunset on the Richelieu, from Otterburn Park A train arriving at sunset
Once a Native American trading post and part of the Saint-Hilaire parish, Otterburn Park gained its independence when it became a recreational park for railway employees. As early as 1885, the park was frequented by Montreal families who came every weekend to enjoy its playgrounds, bandstands and dance halls. The river too was an immense attraction, with a popular boating club. English-speaking at first, the municipality has since become predominantly French-speaking. Nestled between the Richelieu and the mountain, Otterburn Park has seen increasing urban development over the years and has expanded nearly to its limits. Today, its citizens must decide on the future of the last remaining agricultural lands.
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