Red Bay National Historic Site, Red Bay

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  • This site is home to a fascinating display of information and artifacts from the 16th century Basque whalers. There are two museums - the upper one housing the recovered and restored chalupa which was...  more »
  • great place to learn history, it is sad to see how human used to take natural resources without even thinking the impacts on environments and other species.  more »
  • This is a great way to learn more about the whaling industry and get a sense of just how rapidly the whale population was decimated. Although it is a sad part of history, it is an important one. The c...  more »
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  • The primary reason to visit Labrador on this trip was to see the UNESCO Red Bay Whaling station. This was such an amazing site with a great interpretation centre, thorough guided tour and location. You might want to double check the timing for the guided tour because it’s done on Saddle Island, the location of primary excavations. The interpretation centre is a good source to get prepared for the actual guided tour by gaining a perspective about the history of whaling and how this site is important for the world. It’s well-done and worth loitering about while waiting for the tour. The tour itself was a good hike across the little island with one of the Parks Canada employees who worked on the site and grew up in the area. I think this lends a certain customized feel to the tour. Our tour guide was fantastic providing us a perspective from a local who lived there without any idea until it was found to be of archeological importance. The historical importance of the station centres around the Basque people and their rich seafaring history of whaling… all before the actual Americas was “discovered”. Things to consider though is: bug spray because there are blackflies everywhere. As well, dress warmly because the island can be a little chilly during the tour. One of the best sites we visited.
  • interesting and informative, good interpretive center, helpful staff. Take the short boat ride to the Island for a lovely walk through the archeological sites. Not easy to envision it from the remains but worth the look.
  • Red Bay is where Basque whalers came to hunt whales. They set up their camps and workshops on saddle island which you can visit. Make sure to wear a coat, it can be VERY cold. While visiting the island the bay had a visitor from Spain! Everybody was very friendly. Just watch out for the giant birds.
  • Very interesting place. Definitely worth the visit. The staff were very friendly and very helpful.
  • Wonderful museum with lots of local artifacts from shipwreck. Good history of Basque whaling. Definitely worth 45 minutes.

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