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Red Bay National Historic Site of Canada

Natural Wonders & Cultural Treasures

Red Bay Basque Whaling Station UNESCO World Heritage Site

Parks Canada welcomes the news that the World Heritage Committee has inscribed the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station as a UNESCO World Heritage site during its 37th session held in Cambodia from 16–27 June 2013.

The inscription signifies that Red Bay is a cultural place of outstanding universal value. It’s also a commitment to protect Red Bay in accordance with the objectives of the World Heritage Convention.

This is a significant community achievement and follows many years of hard work by the nomination committee, area residents, as well as community, municipal and provincial partners, and the Government of Canada.

The Red Bay National Historic Site is a key feature of the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station. Visitor facilities here set the stage for experiencing what is the largest and most complete early industrial-scale whaling in the world. The site’s story is now told for the world to discover.

Learn More

News release: Canada welcomes newest UNESCO World Heritage Site

Backgrounder: Red Bay Basque Whaling Station, Labrador

Backgrounder: Canada’s World Heritage Family

Fact sheet: The Basque Vessels of Red Bay

Fact sheet: Whale Oil was a Rare and Highly Prized Commodity

UNESCO website: Red Bay Basque Whaling Station

Photos

For more than 400 years, this Basque chalupa – North America’s oldest known whaling boat – lay silent beneath the frigid waters of Red Bay, Labrador.
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