Despite being located outside of the city boundaries La Barriere is owned by the City of Winnipeg.
The city purchased the land that would become the park in 1969. The park is 136 hectares along the LaSalle River and contains natural forest, sports fields and the river.
It is free to enter and available for activities 365 days of the year including hiking, cross country skiing and canoeing.
The park is said to be haunted by children; although nothing in its history suggests why this is.
People have felt something rush by them in a gust of wind in the forest when there is no natural wind. There are also reports of people feeling as though something is running at them from multiple directions at once while in the forest.
The disembodied voice of 2 girls having a conversation has been reported.
Other people have heard the phantom sounds of children laughing – at times the laughter is heard as if it is right next to the witness or is made by children running by.