Red Bay Right Whale Exhibit

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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.

Follow the signs to enter Red Bay. The exhibit is on your left about half way along the bay (The Basin) on your right,  and is housed in the same building as the Selma Barkham Town Centre.

In a nut shell, Barkham was responsible for determining that Red Bay was the site of a Basque whaling station. This was confirmed in her first visit here in 1977, after years of dedicated research through old archives regarding the Basque Whaling Industry. Her story is fascinating and her dedication to her work was amazing.

The Red Bay Right Whale Exhibit is small but mighty. It is in a single room that is engulfed by the skeletal remains of a right whale. They were named that because they were the “right whale” to catch, slow moving, large, easy to catch.

Although not part of the UNESCO presentation, the community created a very interesting, informative display. It focuses on the animal that drew the Basque whalers to this region for over 70 years.

Red Bay Attractions & Services:

Red Bay is home to a UNESCO world heritage site. There is also a whale museum at the town hall. There are several excellent trails. If you like to take pictures, you’ll love Red Bay.

BNL is a convenience store that will cover your basic grocery needs. The closest well stocked grocery store is in L’Anse-au-Loup. There is a liquor store at the atv dealer in L’Anse-au-Loup. There is also a fully stocked lumber yard in L’Anse-au-Loup. If you’d like to go in the other direction, there is an amazing store called Mona’s Place in Lodge Bay. They call it Labrador’s Walmart.

Whaler’s Station is another must see in Red Bay. They have one of our favourite restaurants in Newfoundland and Labrador. They also have an excellent gift shop. If you want a Labrador t-shirt or ball hat, you’ll find it here. If you’d like hand-made crafts, go into the lower level of the National Historic Site building across the parking lot.