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

Owners of the Countryside Barn

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 the've worked incredibly hard to pull it all together.

Meet Brenna

Our Sales Associate & Wedding Planner

Hi! I have an extensive background in design, decor, and customer relations in the events industry! My experience allows me to create a vision with my clients ensuring that all their expectation, needs and ideas come to life on their most memorable day. I am always searching for new and creative ways to curate a custom client experience. Watching everything come together successfully is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. I look forward to meeting you all!

Meet the LA Chefs Team

Our Exclusive Caterers & Venue Manager

The team at LA CHEFS are SO EXCITED to be on this journey with the Countryside Barn! LA CHEFS brings over 20 years of Catering and Venue Management experience along with an incredibly talented team of Chefs and Catering staff to this awesome new venue! This partnership will ensure that all of the weddings and events booked at Countryside Barn will be nothing short of AMAZING!

Enjoy your day!

Meet our event coordinator and start planning your event