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Red Bay National Historic Site

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Address: Highway 510, Red Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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Canada's Whaling History

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 October 2016
Richard F
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
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Brampton, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Ajax, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 for the two walkng trails opposite (boney shore and the climb to the top), and... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 with a glassy surface. After a short walk we arrived at the lookout point on... More 

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Bowmanville, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 authenticity of having lived in the community all of their lives. The displays and the... More 

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Nisswa, MN
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Augusta, GA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Red Bay, Labrador was one of the first stops on our Voyage of the Vikings cruise this summer, and it was a bit surreal being there. Not that many people live there, and those that live there are very proud of their roots. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and very much deserves to be. The artifacts in this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

The interpretation center is outstanding, with a large number and wide range of historical artifacts found in archaeological work in the area. It is extremely educational about the little known whaling activities of the Portugese on the Labrador during the 1500's. This is well worth the visit and deserving of its UNESCO designation. There are excellent views from the upstairs... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

Visited with my boys on the start of our trip across Labrador. The centre provides an excellent appreciation of the Basque whaling operations in the area 500 yrs ago with the focus on the discovery of the San Juan in the bay nearly 50 yrs ago. There's a video to explain the discovery and discuss the contribution of the Basque... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Getting to Red Bay is a destination unto itself. The ferry ride from Newfoundland was easy. We saw numerous icebergs. Red Bay is so interesting. It's hard to believe that centuries ago the whaling industry was so active. Would recommend it.

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