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Red Bay National Historic Site

Highway 510, Red Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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Sobering overview of whaling in Labrador

This is a great way to learn more about the whaling industry and get a sense of just how rapidly... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Make Sure To Do Both Museums

We were brought to the Red Bay National Historic Museum by our tour group. The museum is... read more

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Highway 510, Red Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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 centre is very well laid out....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were brought to the Red Bay National Historic Museum by our tour group. The museum is broken up into two museums. In the lower museum is the boat they discovered in the bay that was used by 16th Century Basque fishermen for whale hunting....More

Thank Cynderella43
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first stop when we got to Red Bay. The National Park folks do a marvelous job. We saw a very nice film on the area and one of the Rangers gave a very informative talk on the Basque people and their whaling...More

Thank Richard F
Reviewed 1 week ago

This whaling museum is important to visit as it has excellent information on the 16th and 17th European whaling industry that occurred in the Strait of Belle Isle. It was the major center for hunting whales and rendering the whale oil that was sold in...More

Thank retireeVancouver
Reviewed 1 week ago

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...More

Thank Deborah K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is certainly a must see on your trip to Newfoundland and Labrador. The trip to the site was beautiful--small villages along the way. A worthwhile stop along the way is the Pointe Amour Lighthouse. The Red Bay Site was amazing. Well laid out displays....More

Thank Cathy M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum was great and they have done an excellent job of presenting the history of the area. Really enjoyed taking the boat over to the island and hiking the trail. It can be done in an hour with a brisk walk, or take 2...More

Thank Scuba_StClaire
Reviewed 16 August 2017

I wasn't aware of the Basque whalers and their impact on Labrador till I visited here. The National Historic Site Centre and Museum were excellent in providing me with an overview of what happened here approximately 400 years ago. Don't miss the film on offer....More

Thank travellover077
Reviewed 9 August 2017

This is an excellent site, not to be missed if you've come this far. This morning, we visited the Parks Canada and UNESCO exhibits in Red Bay, Labrador, then tendered across to Saddle Island, which had been settled in the 1500s by Basque whalers. The...More

Thank Dawn R
Reviewed 1 August 2017

The early basque whalers established this centre for whale hunting and processing in the 16th century. It was a hard and dangerous life, but a lucrative product; the museum gives an excellent sense of the story of these doughty men in a beautifully laid out...More

Thank CarlFondaver
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31 January 2015|
Response from dogontheno11bus | Reviewed this property |
The ferry leaves St.Barbe at 8:00 and will take 2:11 to cross. Add 10 to 15 minutes to get off the ferry. Then add 1:14 to drive to Red Bay. You would arrive by 11:45. The ferry leaves at 3:00, you will need to be at the... More