The Red Bay Basque Whaling Station in Labrador named Canada's 17th World Heritage site
RED BAY, LABRADOR, June 22, 2013 /CNW/ - The news that The Red Bay Basque Whaling Station in Newfoundland and Labrador has been inscribed on the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World
Heritage List was welcomed warmly today by the Honourable Peter Kent,
Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks
Canada. The decision to inscribe the site on UNESCO's prestigious list
was made by the World Heritage Committee at its annual meeting, held in
"In declaring The Red Bay Basque Whaling Station a cultural place of outstanding universal value, the UNESCO World
Heritage Committee has afforded Red Bay the highest recognition for a
protected heritage place in the world," said Minister Kent. "This
international designation indicates that the site's cultural
characteristics are so exceptional they deserve to be protected for the
benefit of all humanity. The Government of Canada is delighted that the
Red Bay Basque Whaling Station now becomes Canada's 17th UNESCO World Heritage site."
Including its buffer zone, The Red Bay Basque Whaling Station World Heritage site takes in some 600 hectares of terrestrial and
submerged resources, and properties managed by individuals, its
municipality and other levels of government. Visitor opportunities at
Red Bay National Historic Site, managed by Parks Canada, will continue
to set the stage for experiencing what is the largest and most complete
example of early industrial-scale whaling in the world.
"Newfoundland and Labrador boasts numerous sites of important cultural
significance, and Red Bay is certainly one of our province's greatest
treasures," said the Honourable Terry French, Newfoundland and
Labrador's Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation. "We are
honoured that this important part of our history will be protected and
preserved under this heritage designation and now takes its rightful
place among the other world-renowned sites."
"This recognition from UNESCO is a major community achievement. I am
thrilled for our Town and for the many partners who have worked on this
project over the years," said Wanita Stone, Mayor of the Town of Red
Bay. I am very proud of all of our residents. We are ready and eager
to share this cultural history with the world."
The Government of Canada supported the nomination through funding and
Parks Canada's in-kind expertise in protected heritage places. The
nomination process was spearheaded by a nomination committee that
included area residents and all levels of government. It was chaired by
Doug Robbins of the Labrador Straits Historical Development
The Red Bay Basque Whaling Station is the first World Heritage site in
Labrador and the third in the province as a whole, after L'Anse aux
Meadows National Historic Site and Gros Morne National Park. This
designation will raise the profile of Red Bay and contribute to it
becoming an iconic tourism destination.
Parks Canada has a mandate to protect and present nationally significant
examples of Canada's natural and cultural heritage to Canadians, for
today and in the future. Parks Canada is the Government of Canada's representative for the UNESCO World Heritage
Convention. Twelve of Canada's 17 World Heritage Sites include areas
managed by Parks Canada.
For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounders
at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room.
Images also available upon request.
Image with caption: "The Red Bay Basque Whaling Station, in Labrador, has been inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World Heritage List for its outstanding universal value. UNESCO's World Heritage Committee made this decision at its annual meeting, held this year in Cambodia. (CNW Group/Parks Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130622_C2685_PHOTO_EN_28383.jpg
SOURCE: Parks Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of the Environment
Parks Canada 819-953-8371
Western Newfoundland and Labrador Field Unit
(709) 458-8450 (cell)