Sunnyside’s location on the Isthmus of Avalon is its defining feature. It is a place of spectacular beauty but also a place where people have come because of resources, shelter and a three km bridge that takes you to Placentia Bay. That was important 5,000 years ago and it is still important
Ancient peoples enjoyed the resources of both bays – seals, salmon,
shellfish, small mammals, berries and edible plants. And the Isthmus was
probably a good place for hunting caribou.
When Europeans first came here in 1612, there was a well-worn path from
Trinity Bay to Placentia Bay. We know that Europeans wintered here around
1670 but we do not know if they were French or English or how long they
stayed. A few decades later, in 1697, the French held English prisoners on
an island in our harbour for about two months; the prisoners were then
transported across the Isthmus to Placentia Bay.
Bay Bulls Arm – as it was then known – played a key role in connecting
North America with Europe in 1858. The first transatlantic cable was laid
here then routed along the south coast of Newfoundland and on to Nova
Scotia. The cable only lasted three weeks but that was enough to prove the
concept and make way for what we now know as real time communications.
In the early 1900s, the land bridge was important again. The town grew when
the railway was built – and now the TransCanada Highway connects east and
west through the Isthmus. And Sunnyside is just one km off the TransCanada
Today this area is the hub of the oil industry. Oil platforms are built in
Bull Arm. North Atlantic Refining and the Newfoundland Transshipment
Terminal are nearby. These industries are connected to St. John’s by road
and to other parts of the world by sea. Platforms are towed to the Grand
Banks; tankers bring oil to be refined; refined oil is shipped to North
America, Europe and other parts of the world.
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