Osborne Village is among Winnipeg’s oldest neighbourhoods.
Osborne Village derives its name from Osborne Street (Winnipeg Route 62), which runs through the centre of the village area. Osborne Street was named after Lieutenant Colonel William Osborne Smith (1831–1887) the first commanding officer of Military District 10, which included the city of Winnipeg. The north part of Osborne street was adjacent to the first Fort Osborne Barracks, on the site of which is now the Provincial Legislature. It has changed greatly over the last hundred years but its rich history is still evident in the architectural details of many of its buildings, as well as in the overall pattern of settlement which has come to embody the neighbourhood.