Craven is a village in Saskatchewan. It is located northeast of Lumsden, Saskatchewan in the Qu'Appelle Valley. It lies between the rural municipalities of Longlaketon No. 219 and Lumsden No. 189. As of the Canada 2011 Census tt has a population of 234.
Craven was founded in 1882 by Colonel Stone and was originally called Sussex. The original settlement was located a half a mile east from the present site.
Craven is host to an annual country music festival called the Craven Country Jamboree. It was originally called the Big Valley Jamboree, and was first established by Father Lucien Larré as a fundraiser for his Bosco Homes for emotionally disturbed youth. A successor event, the Kinsmen Rock'N the Valley rock music festival, ran until 2004. The country music format was revived in 2005.
Located near south end of Last Mountain Lake, Craven was named for William Craven (1606-1697,) Earl of Craven. Earlier, in the days of the fur trade, the Hudson Bay Company had a store in the area known as "La Fourche" or "The Forks." Source:Russell, E. T. What's in a Name : The Story Behind Saskatchewan Place Names