Red Bay Museum Orientation Centre
When you get off the Labrador ferry at Blanc Sablon, Quebec, follow the road up the hill to Highway 138. Turn right (east) and follow 138 to the Labrador border. The highway number changes to Route 510, which is also the Trans Labrador Highway. It’s only 80 km to Red Bay, but plan on a 1.5 hour drive. The road is paved but currently (2016) most of it is in pretty rough shape. You will come down a steep hill to enter Red Bay. Stay on the asphalt road and follow the signs into Red Bay. On your right you will be following the “basin”. The Orientation Centre and a white church stand side by side.
The Centre houses a chalupa, a boat that was used by the Basque whalers during the hunt for whales. The wooden boat was found underneath a sunken ship discovered in Red Bay Harbour in the late 1970’s. The remains of the Chalupa were brought to the surface and it took 12 years to restore it to its present condition. This boat had been submerged in salt water since the late 1500s!