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Tracey Hill Walking Trail

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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. You will come down a steep hill to enter Red Bay. Towards the bottom there is a road to your right. The sign for the trails (includes the Boney Shore Trail) are at the highway but you will drive along a gravel lane for a bit till you come to the trail head.

The trail is a well maintained boardwalk, 670 steps, that takes you up the hill. From there you can view all of the Red Bay area.

The views of Red Bay are spectacular. You are able to see the entire region and lots of icebergs! You are made aware of how isolated the community is. A permanent population of about 140 people live in the community. Between 1530 and the early 17th century, Red Bay was a major Basque whaling station. The discovery of 3 whaling galleons and four small chalupas, beginning in the 1970’s, led to Red Bay being declared a UNESCO Heritage site in 2013. From the Tracy Hill Trail you are able to view the various islands and shore lines that made this area so attractive to the Basque whalers. You are also able to view the buildings that house the story of this area and the Basque whaling tradition.

Along the trail there are info boards that give you historic details about the area and some of the people who lived here.

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.