About Us

The Barn

An authentic Timber Frame Barn, the Countryside Barn is a unique, one of a kind venue in Southern Alberta. The barn was reconstructed with the highest quality reclaimed wood, with Douglas Fir used for the main beams and White Pine for the siding. With the help of our main builder, Windy Poplar Contracting, and PowerLift Hydraulic Doors of Southern Alberta, we are now open and ready for business.

The Space

With 3,600 sq feet on the main level and a mezzanine with 1,800 sq feet, you will have plenty of room to transform this space into the perfect event. The Barn also features romantic ceiling string lights, mezzanine up top, bridal room to get ready in and accessible washrooms for you and your guests.

The History

Originally built in Chicago in the early 1900’s and later disassembled in the 1990’s, then put in storage, we found this gem in perfect condition in 2019 and brought it up to Lethbridge. Now, the Countryside Barn stands tall 15 minutes outside of Lethbridge, Alberta and 90 minutes outside of Calgary, Alberta.

Meet The
Van Essen Family

Eric, along with his wife Crystal, are the faces behind the Countryside Barn. Eric & Crystal knew that when they decided to begin the journey of building the barn, they wanted to build with the highest quality materials and with future couples and event planners in mind. Bringing this barn up from Chicago was a labor of love and as a family they’ve worked incredibly hard to pull it all together.


The team at Sky + Table Event Group are SO EXCITED to be on this journey with the Countryside Barn! Sky + Table brings over 20 years of Catering and Venue Management experience along with an incredibly talented team of Chefs and Catering staff to this beautiful venue! This partnership will ensure that all of the weddings and events booked at Countryside Barn will be nothing short of amazing!

Marci Stickel


Tania Danylchuk

General Manager

Marie Galeana

Director of Sales + Marketing

Brenna Pinder

Event Sales Consultant

Maisie Zawyrucha

Event Coordinator

Tasha Hogg

Marketing Coordinator

Lanai Schamber

Accounting Manager

Clay Bennion

Catering Manager

Josh Koopmans

Executive Chef

Enjoy your day!

Meet our event coordinator and start planning your event