Red Bay National Historic Site of Canada

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Canada Day

Monday, 1 July 2013
Join us as at Red Bay as we celebrate Canada Day. The day starts at 10 a.m. with a parade of bicycles from the Selma Barkham Town Hall to Parks Canada’s Orientation Centre, followed by a flag raising ceremony and cake for all! In the afternoon, join the annual beach clean-up on Saddle Island. (On Canada Day, admission to all national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas is free.)

Parks Day

Saturday, 20 July 2013
Celebrate Parks Day at Red Bay! Starting at 2 p.m., we’re launching our new guided experience on Saddle Island: “Echoes from the Past.” An interpreter in period costume will take you on a guided walk through the remains of the Basque whaling station on the island. Hear stories of 16th century Red Bay, sit and chat with a whaler, and listen to local musicians. Enjoy Basque cake, cheese, and other refreshments.

Basque Festival

Friday 2 to Sunday 4 August 2013
Be a part of the first annual Basque Festival. We’ll be celebrating the historic connections between Red Bay and the Basque Country. Festivities start Friday evening at 7 p.m. with a community supper the Selma Barkham Town Hall. On the weekend there will be plenty to see and do: a rowboat race, traditional Basque music and food, as well as local entertainment. A memorial service for Basque whalers will be held on Saddle Island.