This town was settled in the 1870s in the beautiful Qu’Appelle River valley. Craven hosts the annual Country Thunder music festival (formerly the Kinsmen Rock’N the Valley festival, up to 2004). which attracts thousands to this town just northwest of Regina.

This town was first named Sussex by its residents, but this name was rejected by the Post Office citing its prior use in New Brunswick. In 1884, they selected “Craven” named after William Craven, Earl of Craven (1606-1697), who was noted for his devotion to Queen Elizabeth I.

Craven Attractions

Lost Mountain Provincial Historic Park

8 km north of town on Highway 20
This is the site of a fur-trading post that operated from 1869-71. Park interpreters give
tours of the site’s three restored buildings. Open Thursday – Monday, noon to 6 pm, July 1 to Labour Day.

Market Gardens

road between Lumsden and Craven
Many of the farmers grow vegetables, strawberries, raspberries to be sold on roadside stands.
Open July 1 to October 31 daytime and early evenings.

Craven Community map