The town of Cabri is situated in Southwest Saskatchewan, directly north of Gull Lake, northwest of Swift Current and east of the Great Sand Hills. It was incorporated as a village in 1912 and as a town in 1917. The Cabri ferry started operation in 1912, crossing the South Saskatchewan River between what was then the village of Cabri and the town now known as Kyle.
The origin of the town's name has several explanations, all of which revolve around the indigenous antelope. Local folklore suggests that it was the early settlers' pronunciation of the First Nations word for "antelope". Another possibility is that it was derived from the Latin word Antilocapridae, the genus to which the pronghorn belongs. Another suggestion is that voyageurs and Metis thought that pronghorns look like goats, and called them "cabri", a French equivalent word for goat.