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Red Bay National Historic Site of Canada

A 16th-century Enterprise

16th Century Workers
16th Century Workers
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Interpretation facilities at Red Bay provide an excellent means of discovering Labrador's unique 16th -century history. Scale models of work buildings, reproductions, photographs and a feature film help you understand the activities that occurred in 16th -century Red Bay. A friendly and helpful staff is also on hand to answer your questions. Displays of original artifacts recovered from archaeological excavations include a chalupa , tools and weapons employed by the Basques in whaling activities, household and personal items, and remarkable well-preserved examples of 16th -century clothing.

For a first-hand look at the places where the Basques worked and lived 400 years ago you may embark on a self-guided tour of nearby Saddle Island.

Map of Saddle Island
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Map of Saddle Island
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Life "On the Labrador"

"On the Labrador" is a phrase used historically by fishermen who made seasonal voyages to the Labrador coast. Find out for yourself what life On the Labrador is like today as you explore the community of Red Bay. You will find that while modern times have brought many changes, the traditional character is still strong.

Other communities and historic sites near Red Bay, connected by a paved highway, provide numerous opportunities to discover other aspects of Labrador's culture and to explore its pristine natural environment.