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Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan

Gravelbourg-Post office building on Main Street

Gravelbourg-Post office building on Main Street

This town lies south of the Trans-Canada Highway, about 110 km southwest of Regina, and about 130 km southeast of Swift Current, is in the middle of the flat prairie. The community was named after Father Louis-Joseph-Pierre Gravel, a missionary priest (1868-1926) who settled in the area with his five brothers and a sister. They wanted to resettle Quebec and New England francophones is the west. The community has long been recognized as the French cultural, educational and religious center of Saskatchewan, being home to the French cultural “Centre Culturel Maillard,” which is also home to the town’s public library.

The town also has a 9-hole golf course and camping at nearby Shamrock Regional Park (to the north) and Thompson Lake Region Park (to the south). Annual events include: Gravelbourg Trade Fair (June), Prairie Pride Lions Fall Market (Oct).

Official municipal web site

Gravelbourg-Main Street

Gravelbourg Attractions

Gravelbourg-Catholic Co-Cathedral - square

Gravelbourg-Catholic Co-Cathedral

Cathedrale Notre-Dame de L’Assomption (our Lady of Assumption)

Main St

This cathedral, built in 1918, is noted for its beautiful interior murals painted over a 10 year period by its founding pastor, Charles Maillard. Open July through August 9am to 5 pm, except Sundays and Tuesday ( 1 pm to 5 pm). Its called a “Co-Cathedral” since it shares the bishop with Regina, though Gravelbourg once had its own bishop.  Free admission.

Elementary School Art Gallery

immediately west of Cathedral

located in the former chapel of the “Convent of Jesus and Mary”, the gallery holds reproductions of many Renaissance European masters. Open September to June: Mondays 3 pm – 8 pm, Wednesdays & Fridays 9 am – 12 noon; July & August Wednesdays 1 pm – 6 pm, and Saturdays 10 and – 1 pm (Closed all other days). Free admission.

Gravelbourg- Historical Gravelbourg sign on Main Street

Musee de Gravelbourg Museum

5th Ave E at Main St

This museum houses a collection of early pioneer memorabilia, with many artifacts from early Saskatchewan residents including Dr A. Soucy, Fr. Gravel (town founder) and Maillard (cathedral’s painter)

Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan Area Map