Red Bay is home to one of Newfoundland & Labrador’s four UNESCO world heritage sites. The remains of a 16th century Basque whaling station was discovered in the 1970’s.
When you get off the Labrador ferry at Blanc Sablon, Quebec, follow Highway 138 to the Labrador border. The highway number changes to Route 510 (Trans Labrador Highway). It’s only 80 km to Red Bay, but plan on a 1.5 hour drive. Much of the road is in very poor condition (June 2016). At Red Bay, where 510 continues inland you will stay to the right, on the paved road, to take you into town.
Red Bay is a beautiful coastal town on Labrador’s South Shore. The treeline is inland from the shoreline. There is a large natural harbour that is protected by two islands. Most of the town sits on the east side of the harbour. There is a ‘winter side’ of town on the north end of the harbour, that is a little more protected.