Red Bay is a fishing village and former site of a number of Basque whaling stations located on the southern coast of Labrador, Canada. The village covers a total area of approx 2 km2 (0,6 ml2) and has population around 300.
- Between 1530 and early 17th century, Red Bay was an important Basque whaling area. The site homes 3 Basque whaling galleons and 4 small chalupas used in whales' capture. The discovery of the vessels made Red Bay one of the Americas' most valuable underwater archaeological sites. Since June 2013 it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Red Bay is a beautiful natural harbour residing in the bay which gives it its name. Both names are in reference to the region's red granite cliffs. Due to the sheltered harbour, Red Bay was used during The Second World War as a mooring site for naval ships. In the bay are Saddle Island and Penney Island, used by the Basques for whaling operations. The location of the sunken ship San Juan (1565) is near Saddle Island, close to the wreck of Bernier, which grounded in 1966.
- A cemetery on Saddle Island has the remains of 140 whalers. Most of the people buried are thought to have died from drowning.
- Historians believe that a decrease in whale stocks led to the abandonment of Red Bay's whaling stations. Today, an interpretive centre in the village explains the history to tourists.
- Local legends make reference to hidden treasure in of Red Bay buried in a body of water popular as Pond on the Hill at the foot of Tracey Hill by infamous pirate Capt. William Kidd. An attempt to find the treasure was made by Carrol Cove residents by draining the pond but the attempt failed.
- Red Bay village has been designated National Historic Site of Canada. Since 2013 it is among the 17 Canadian sites added to UNESCO World Heritage List.
Highlights: Historic whaling town
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