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Red Bay National Historic Site of Canada


The Red Bay Basque Whaling Station World Heritage Site is an outstanding example of Basque whaling in the 16th century. Join our heritage interpreters for programs every morning and afternoon that explore a variety of aspects of this very special place, from in-depth explanations of one-of-a-kind artifacts to the stories of the men who lived, worked and died at Red Bay four centuries ago. Check at the Visitor Orientation Centre for daily schedules.

Echoes from the Past

Explore Red Bay NHS with a Basque whaler from the 16th century. Juan and Ana, a Basque whaler and his wife, await your arrival on Saddle Island. Hear stories of 16th-century voyages from the Basque country to Labrador in search of precious whale oil: tales of adventure, hardships, wrecks and survival. Travel by boat from Red Bay. Then stroll with your hosts from the past as they introduce you to an archaeological treasure trove.

Away in the Grand Bay

Meet the wife of a whaler who died at Red Bay over 400 years ago

Red Bay’s Weird and Wonderful

Discover the unique and fascinating artifacts of the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station