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Red Bay National Historic Site

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Address: Highway 510, Red Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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Nice display

The setup and displays were excellent. Walked the inside and outside a little as the wind was cold. Lots of information about something I knew little if anything about

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 July 2016
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Burlington, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

The setup and displays were excellent. Walked the inside and outside a little as the wind was cold. Lots of information about something I knew little if anything about

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

The Chalupa was recreated from the wreckage of a Basque Galleon still buried in the harbour. It was used as a whaling boat by the Basque. It's the only object in the museum at the top of the hill.

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Kitchener, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

When one of our contacts in Newfoundland suggested that we make sure we visit Labrador, they were doing us a great favour. We only stayed for two nights but that gave us plenty of time to check out a really interesting area. We drove from L'anse au Clair to Red Bay, enjoying the many views of the Strait and the... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2016

This was well worth the day trip from Newfoundland. So glad I took the day to drive up hear and see such a unique whaling history. the drive here was beautiful. I was amazed how scenic the drive was.

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Sooke, BC, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2015

We rode across Canada on our motorcycle from Vancouver Island with the ultimate destination being Red Bay as it was the "end of the pavement". You could not create a more idyllic setting!. The museum is extremely informative and the staff are very welcoming.

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Fredericton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2015

Extraodinary discovery of a sunken ship in the Red Bay Harbour revealing the History the Basques who were in this part of the world almost 600 years ago. To think approx. 20,000 whales were killed here for their oil to "light the lamps of Europe" is almost incomprehensible. Well set up displays and video explaining the find, the excavation, and... More 

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Lewes, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

There is a museum here that I did not go into for lack of time, but the entire village and nearby Saddle Island apparently is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I did visit the Interpretation Center which has a lot of interesting exhibits relating to when Basque fishermen used the area to hunt whales for their whale oil. At one... More 

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

Red Bay is a World Heritage Site that's only been recognized for its contemporary significance since the 1980's when archaeologists did some in depth investigation and realized this was the site of a Basque whaling station dating from the 1600's. The movie in the hill top visitor center that tells the story is informative but looks dated. Yet the site... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2015

Very well done Parks Canada site. They really are in two separate buildings in Red Bay, Labrador. Tells the story of the whaling that put them on the map

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015 via mobile

We visited here in August on a foggy day. The tour inside was both educational and fun The Parks Canada staff did an exceptional job explaining the site's history and the artifacts that were on display. We also got to see two small icebergs that had got stuck near the buildings.

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