Chateau Bay

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Chateau Bay is located in Newfoundland and Labrador
Chateau Bay
Chateau Bay
Location of Chateau Bay in Newfoundland and Labrador

Chateau Bay (sometimes called Chateaux Bay[1]) is a settlement and bay in Labrador, Canada. Historically it is also sometimes called York Harbour, a name given by James Webb in 1760 when he claimed the harbour for the English.[2] It was surveyed by James Cook in 1763, during his survey of the Strait of Belle Isle aboard HMS Grenville.[3] In August 1766 Joseph Banks arrived in Chateau Bay as a part of a partially scientific journey to study and collect the plants and animals.[4] One of the specimens collected there was the now extinct great auk.[5]


  • A M Lysaght (1971). Joseph Banks in Newfoundland and Labrador, 1766; his diary, manuscripts, and collections. Berkeley, University of California Press. 


  1. ^ A 1766 map referring to it was "Chateaux Bay"
  2. ^ "Webb, James (biography)". The Governorship of Newfoundland and Labrador. 
  3. ^ Lysaght, p.68
  4. ^ Lysaght, p.47
  5. ^ Lysaght, p.168

Coordinates: 51°58′48″N 55°53′42″W / 51.980°N 55.895°W / 51.980; -55.895