The Hare Bay fault is a major subhorizontal detachment at the base of the ophiolitic St. Anthony Complex in the Hare Bay allochthon, northwestern Newfoundland. The fault is a postmetamorphic brittle detachment that truncates footwall structures related to both initial Ordovician (Taconian) assembly of the allochthon and subsequent Silurian-Devonian (Acadian) deformation. Although previously mapped as a thrust, the fault has an extensional rather than a contractional geometry; it cuts downsection to the west in the direction of transport, and it juxtaposes a hanging-wall sequence that contains little or no Acadian deformation against a footwall sequence that was pervasively deformed during the Acadian orogeny. The St. Anthony Complex lies on the western margin of the Acadian deformed zone. Its final emplacement, through movement on the Hare Bay fault, probably occurred through extensional faulting during gravitational collapse of the Acadian mountain front.