We're easy to find, just 1 km from the Trans Canada Highway between St. John's and Gander.
Where we are is no secret. But our location holds a key to a rich - and not very well known - history.
Ancient peoples have occupied this area over 6,000 years ago. An extinct group of indigenous people known as the Beothuk were here when early Europeans arrived (1600s). Europeans started living here as early as the 1680s, although Sunnyside did not grow into a settlement until the 1800s.
Shelter and resources have always attracted people. But there was an extra feature that made the area especially attractive - an isthmus, or land bridge, only three miles wide that connects to another bay and even more resources.
The isthmus is as important today as it was then. The Trans Canada Highway
runs through the isthmus, connecting St. John's to the rest of the
province. That means all tourists, goods and services travelling east-west
must go through the isthmus. The location of Sunnyside is shown on the map.
Google Earth Map of Sunnyside (Street Map, Google Earth Streetview Map, and Satallite View)