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Red Bay National Historic Site

Highway 510, Red Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
+1 709-920-2142
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This site is home to a fascinating display of information and artifacts from the 16th century... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2017
Paula S
Toronto, Canada
great place to learn history

great place to learn history, it is sad to see how human used to take natural resources without... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
Feng L
Toronto, Canada
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Highway 510, Red Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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Reviewed 19 October 2017

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 found in the water near Saddle Island under the wreck of...More

1  Thank Paula S
Reviewed 11 October 2017

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.

1  Thank Feng L
Reviewed 20 September 2017

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

Thank pts747
Reviewed 16 September 2017

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

1  Thank Cynderella43
Reviewed 14 September 2017

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 14 September 2017

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 12 September 2017

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 21 August 2017

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 20 August 2017

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
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1 February 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