Red Bay, Labrador

 

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In Red Bay, Labrador (Pop 169), we had lunch at the Whalers Restaurant. For lunch I had fish and chips and it was probably the best rendition of that I have ever had. It was a nice light batter on local caught cod fish and the french fries were fresh cut, always a winner in my book. Their menu said Try our famous Chalupa Fish and Chips so I did. The rock carin to the left is called an Inuksut. Traditionally, they were used by the Inuit in the north as directional markers. An Inuksuk in the shape of a person signifies safety, hope and friendship.

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Then we visited the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station, founded in the 1530ís. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was used as a base for coastal hunting, butchering, and rendering of whale fat by heating the fat to produce oil. The site was also used for storage. I had no idea that the Basque people were whalers. I had only known about them sheep herding. Even though, it was still windy, cold & rainy, I wandered around taking photos of the area. Then we headed back to the motel for a wonderful lobster dinner. The panoramic photo shows a ship wreck and an iceberg.

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