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Red Bay National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Red Bay
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Reviewed July 26, 2014

EXcellent museum. If travelling with kids and you are in any Parks Canada site such as this one, please check for their Explorer programme or any other activities for kids. Our kids ranged in age from 5 to 10 and all, plus myself and my 86 year old mother really enjoyed this programme. Not only does it encourage the kids to look for things both in the visitor centre and around the site, it rewards them with certificates and surprises at the end of the visit.
This particular site had a fabulous musical instrument that we are going to re create and share with our 5 year old grandson's school. We learned a lot about the Basque culture.

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Reviewed June 30, 2014

I had no idea that there was this kind of industry in Labrador in the 1500's. Or that the Basque fishermen would sail all the way here in their tiny boats.
This historic site is very well done. You start up the hill where you register, get some background and check out a few exhibits. Then down the road to the main centre with all kinds of artifacts and some reconstructions. Staff at both locations are knowledgeable and helpful.
Getting here is also an attraction. The drive from Blanc-Sablon is very scenic.

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Reviewed June 4, 2014

The national historic site at Red Bay provides a fascinating window on a little known period in Canadian history, that of the Basque sailors who came to Red Bay in the 1500s to hunt whales. For over 50 years, these brave men crossed the Atlantic in wooden boats to obtain the whale oil that lit the lamps of Europe. The Red Bay site describes the hardships they faced on the high seas and their back-breaking work in great details. I found the clothing remnants extracted from sailors' graves especially touching, a stark reminder of how ephemereal things we take for granted really are.

Red Bay is about 1 hour away from the Newfoundland-Labrador ferry by car over a paved but winding road. We found it was totally worth the drive. There is a gift shop/restaurant next door if you need to buy lunch while you're out there. The exhibits are wheelchair accessible. We found the guides knowledgeable and friendly. The village of Red Bay itself is very scenic and quite lovely. Bring warm clothes though; we were there in early June and the bay was full of pack ice which made the air rather chilly.

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Reviewed December 30, 2013

Truly a gem housed in a beautiful building. Staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. Amazing exhibits. History on Basque whaling and much more.

Thank Ronald G
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Who could have known how important this small settlement has been in Canadian history?
The centre explains precisely how Basque whalers came across the ocean to hunt and process the majestic animals in the area. It was a fascinating story. Looking into the bay, it is almost impossible to believe that the evidence of their presence is down below the black waters, that this sleepy little settlement was once the centre of a thriving commercial enterprise. Men travelled halfway across the world, risking their lives and everything they owned to carry whale oil back to their homeland. The centre does a wonderful job of telling the story.
Now that the new road is completed the journey to Red Bay is easier. The views along the route are spectacular by any standard. If you love history, you will not be disappointed.

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