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Red Bay National Historic Site

Highway 510, Red Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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This is a 2 level site. The 2 sites are a bit apart from one another. It's interesting to find out... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Richmond, Canada
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UNESCO World Heritage Site

Interesting center about the Basques whalers and their history in the area. Orientation video and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mary S
Indian Lake, United States
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Highway 510, Red Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a 2 level site. The 2 sites are a bit apart from one another. It's interesting to find out a bit more of who came here to hunt the whale's and why. If you're in the area you should stop in. Also there's...More

Thank Sue6340
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting center about the Basques whalers and their history in the area. Orientation video and exhibits that take about 1-2 hrs to tour.

Thank Mary S
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Interesting museum in Red Bay that tells the difficult story about the hardships and life of the Basque Whalers , who established the first oil processing station in the New World 450 years ago. Lots of culture and history on display. Getting there is about...More

Thank myraevans1942
Reviewed 16 April 2017

This area is an outdoor museum showcasing former Whaling Station life in this area. What I thought was interesting is it technically was a Basque Whaling station, and Basque are Spaniards from Basque Country. They were the best in whaling, the world had ever known,...More

Thank oatografia
Reviewed 12 October 2016

The museum displays artifacts from the era when whales and whalers were the driving force in the economy of the day. There was no reason to be there except for the safe cove and access to whales. Check the tower view of the site.

Thank Richard F
Reviewed 10 October 2016

Well thought out graphics inform the visitor of the transient life at Red Bay more than 400 years ago and the hardships the whalers endured. Wreck of a whaling boat very interesting.

Thank kestrels666
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Almost the end of the world (at least of the paved road), and we don't live in the 16th century... The site gives you a pretty good idea of what the life of whalers must have been. We visited the site first, and then went...More

1  Thank janneman55
Reviewed 10 September 2016

We stopped at the interpretation centre on the mainland before taking a small boat across the bay to Saddle Island. Although the displays in the centre were very interesting it was the island that I liked most. The water in the bay was very calm...More

1  Thank martomsak
Reviewed 5 September 2016

We were impressed with the Red Bay Historic Site. The video in the welcome centre provided historical background about the archeological find. The staff were friendly, informative and able to share local history. It is nice to visit historical sites where the guides have the...More

Thank karenekettle
Reviewed 4 September 2016

Walked about town, enjoyed the whale exhibit, museum, sights and a lunch. This was a short visit and in the space of 3 hours we had been able to take it all in.

Thank oldshad69
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I'm going to visit Red Bay Nat. Site this summer. I have a ferry from St. Barbe at 8:00 am & return from Blanc-Sablon at 3:00 pm (same day). Please let me know if I have enough time to explore whole Red Bay National Historic Site? Thanks - Kathy
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