Red Bay UNESCO World Heritage Site
Gros Morne and L’Anse aux Meadows are only a few hours apart on Newfoundland’s west coast, while Red Bay is a two-hour ferry ride and an hour’s drive from Newfoundland northwest coast, so it’s easy to three of these sites on the same trip. Mistaken Point sits on the southernmost tip of the Avalon Peninsula.
Red Bay had been declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 1979. The remains of what was one of the first large industrial operations in Canada had lain hidden for centuries until researcher Selma Barkham combed the Basque archives in Spain in the 1960s and 1970s, putting together evidence from many sources that led to the discovery of Red Bay’s long-forgotten history.
Many years of archaeological work, both on land and in the harbor, followed Barkham’s discovery. Among the finds was the 1978 discovery of the wreck of a loaded galleon, probably the San Juan, which sank in the 1560s. A smaller boat, a chalupa, was also discovered and preserved, and is one of the prime artifacts on display at the site, which is managed by Parks Canada. On nearby Saddle Island lie the remains of scores of whalers who died far from their homeland between 1550 and 1620, the heyday of Basque whaling. Here, too, are found red clay roof tiles that speak of the southwestern European origins of the people who worked here.
The whales that drew the Basques across the ocean still ply these waters, but these days are ogled by fascinated traveller’s, not hunted for their blubber.
For more information on Red Bay, please click here: http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/nl/redbay/index.aspx
- Top 10 Bucket List Items in Newfoundland and Labrador
- Five Ways to Experience Icebergs in Newfoundland…
- Our Top Traveller Photos From 2018
- Preparing For a Day Hike in Newfoundland and Labrador
- Four of the best places to visit in The Big Land
- Hike back in time at Red Bay, UNESCO World Heritage…
- Mealy Mountains to Become Newfoundland and Labrador's…
- Six Amazing Things You Can Experience Only on a…
- Travelling the Trans-Labrador Highway
- The 4 UNESCO designated cultural and natural wonders…
- The Loneliest Road in the World
- South of Saglek: A Nunatsiavut Adventure
- Happily Stranded in Rigolet
- Newfoundland and Labrador Adventure Overload
- UNESCO World Heritage Site #256: Red Bay Basque…
- Red Bay It Started as a Love Story
- Red Bay: a corner of Canada that is forever Basque
- Journey to the sights of Newfoundland
- Whale Watching in Newfoundland