Red Bay Port Guide

Red Bay Port is located in a small fishing village in the Newfoundland and Labrador region of Canada; it is a small but growing port in the region. Serving the local community of Red Bay, it operates as a fishing port for fishing vessels in the area and in some cases, also accepts cruise ships docking in the area. Although a small port, it aims to be able to accept more cruise ships. 

The port is considered to be a natural harbor and the best along the coast of Newfoundland. During the sixteenth century, the countries of France and Spain sent various ships into the area to capture the right whale and bowhead whales in the seas to sell for their skin and meat. Red Bay, ultimately became a major Basque whaling area during the 1550s to the 1600s. 

Rich in underwater archaeological sites and treasures the Red Bay cruise port is a tourist haven for adventurers. Legends say that hidden treasure buried by the infamous Captain William Kidd is in a body of water called Pond on the Hill. This surrounding area is listed as a National Historic Site by Parks Canada. 


Newfoundland is not only a haven for adventurers, it is also a shoppers’ haven; there are several artisan shops to be found; arts and crafts are the most abundant items on sale in this cultural region. Immediately accessed from the port area are small stores and shops that sell local arts of woodcarvings, hand knitted sweaters and beaded jewelries. The village center market is a great place to buy some local arts and crafts. Shoppers can find uniquely designed sweaters and winter clothes. 

Water Street in St. John’s Newfoundland is also a great place to do some shopping; however it is a significant distance from the Red Bay Port. Water Street is the oldest street in all of North America. Here you can find art shops and galleries where local artisans display their crafts. A trip to St. John would require a car rental and an overnight trip.

Things to See

Natural wonders are the primary reason visitors come to Red Bay. Here, serene mountains and pristine waters of the bay are abundant; it is great for outdoor walks and hikes. There are also water adventures available; you can do some parasailing and boating (the water temperature however is very cold). The Basque Whaling Stations are interesting historical monuments commemorating Red Bay of the fifteenth century. 

Treasure and shipwreck sites are abundant in the Red Bay area. Visit the Boyd’s Cove Beothuk Interpretation Center for historical information. Here you can find displays about the lifestyles of natives from more than 300 years ago. 

Restaurants and Bars

French cuisine is the most notable influence in local dishes in the restaurants; however, it is blended with Scottish, Irish and English styles.  Served with an ambiance of rugged natural surroundings, the Newfoundland restaurants are great places to dine. Common ingredients are readily obtained from the available fresh water lakes, ocean and wilderness; these include lobster, cod, salmon, moose and caribou.  Dishes include salt fish, cod tongue and caribou bourguignon. Figgy duff is a traditional bag pudding that goes back to the sixteenth century. Be sure to try lingonberry and partridge berry syrups while in this area as well.

The Basinview Bed and Breakfast Red Bay offers good cuisine with authentic French flavors and spices. 

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