Saddle Island is a part of the Red Bay UNESCO site which features the remains of a a 16th century Basque whaling station 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. At Red Bay, where 510 continues inland you will stay to the right, on the paved road, to take you into Red Bay, reaching the Red Bay National Historic Site.
When you enter the interpretive centre you can schedule a guided tour or a self tour including transportation to the island. Since we were early in the season they called Gull Island Charters to take us over. They have a dock at the back of the building. If you tour the building first it will give you a good grounding on what you will be viewing on the island. The boat ride only takes a few minutes. While the trail on the island consists of boardwalks and gravel paths.