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“A bit about the Basques”

Red Bay National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Red Bay
Certificate of Excellence
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Montgomery Center Vt
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56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“A bit about the Basques”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

Great story, very good guides....unfortunately the artifacts are all re-buried to preserve them until more money comes available...lots of potential

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Wply
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English first
Kimberley, Canada
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89 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“More Interesting than Expected”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

This national historic site is well worth the drive up from Blanc Sablon ferry terminal. The staff are well informed and the artifacts well presented. You should plan on staying for about one hour and longer if the weather permits a ride out to Saddle Island. Even if history is not your interest, the drive up to Red Bay is worth taking time to do.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Mikey243
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Kitchener, Canada
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful site !”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

We received a warm welcome at the visitor centre. Very knowledgeable staff who were eager to show us around. We were travelling with our family of 5 and they catered to kids by pointing out facts and artifacts. The displays were very well done. If you have a Parks Canada pass this site is included and is well worth the visit. A quiet little place with beautiful scenery and quite an interesting history.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank brian732
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Toronto, Canada
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35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Labrador adventure”
Reviewed August 28, 2013 via mobile

Fantastic site! We were warmly welcomed by Karen who guided our experience at the first building. Make sure to watch the film there. Karen was so informative! We then ventured over to the second building where Chris gave us an excellent overview of the basque oil rendering process. We then self toured throughout the rest of the building with regular checks by Chris to answer all of our questions. We did not take the boat trip to the island as it was quite foggy and raining. Don't miss this experience! Great little gift shop with only local tax free crafts. Great work of these dying arts.

Visited August 2013
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Stoneham, Massachusetts
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351 reviews
181 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 280 helpful votes
“Better than we expected”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

We purchased yearly passes for all the Parks Canada sites and parks. Since Red Bay National Historic Site is on the long list of places in Canada that are included with this pass, we decided to stop by and visit it. We were not sure what to expect at this site or in Red Bay, and were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed the half hour film, the museum, the gift shop and the quaint town of Red Bay. We learned a great deal from all the interesting museum displays about the Basque whaling business and about the results of discovering a 400 year old boat at the bottom of the ocean. This was the best gift stop we found in Labrador.

Red Bay is about 52 miles from the ferry slip at Blanc Sablon. The ride out is breathtaking. During the first 34 miles, you pass through six towns ranging in population from 60 to 635. The last eighteen miles is mountain driving with fabulous views, but beware of some enormous potholes.

We are so glad that we came to Labrador and that visited this newly named UNESCO historical site. We are also glad that we purchased the Parks Canada yearly passes ($57.00 for seniors) that encouraged us to visit this site and many more interesting sites.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank bcnett
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