La Riviere was founded 1886 by Metis Franco-Manitobans, however it is predominantly English speaking. It has two hotels, a credit union, a mechanic's garage, a five-lift ski hill, and two bars/lounges both with restaurants. It has a full service campground at the edge of the community that backs onto the Pembina River. La Riviere is also home to Hamm-tone Guitars and Mandolins and the Pembina Valley Guitar Building Course.