Saddle Island Interpretive Circuit

The proposed project expands on the 2023 initiative aimed at revitalizing the visitor experience at Red Bay National Historic Site. Key components of this project include development of an interpretation circuit, construction of a replica Basque whaling station and memorial for Basque whalers, and enhancements to visitor facilities. The project scope encompasses the construction of four circular interpretation platforms interconnected by a pre-existing boardwalk, and installation of welcome signage and interpretation panels. Additionally, a new trail will be established to access the whaling station replica, complemented by the installation of a whaler's memorial sculpture along the boardwalk. Site improvements include the relocation of a urine-diverting toilet, the construction of an accessible platform, and the removal of historical waste onsite. These infrastructure enhancements aim to enrich the visitor experience by deepening comprehension of the site's cultural heritage, while fostering greater public awareness of its designation as a World Heritage Site

Latest update

June 6, 2024 – The public comment period on the project is closed. Parks Canada is considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 New project being assessed by Parks Canada - Public comments invited from May 7 to June 6, 2024 - May 7, 2024


Red Bay National Historic Site
P.O. Box 103
Red Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador A0K 4K0
Telephone: 709-920-2142

  • Location

    • Red Bay National Historic Site of Canada (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Recreation and Tourism
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Parks Canada
  • Authorities

    • Parks Canada Agency
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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...within 200 kilometres
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