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The Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center is closed for the winter. We will be monitoring phone messages and email on a daily basis. Available by appointment.

New SWH Road Construction Hotline: 244-7917

Boat builder Stanley’s story will be told at the Jesup

Harbor rules off table

Land use redo put on ballot

Stress reduction sessions set

Proceed with caution
Acadia Summer Teacher Fellowship

Road and Bridge Work in Acadia

National Park Service Completes Visitor Use Management Plan for the Isle au Haut District

Acadia National Park Announces Donation of Important Bird Research Collection

Bridge Repairs at Acadia National Park Starting in Early September 2014
Harbor House Presents the Great Harbor Shoot-Out

Earth Day Roadside Cleanup: A Friends of Acadia Community Volunteer Project

Garden Class

Garden Class

Harbor House Presents Touch A Truck
Join us at the Wendell Gilley Museum for our Annual Holiday Open House and Carving Show!

Harbor House Happenings December 2014

2014 Christmas Bird Count, from Michael Good at Downeast Nature Tours

Harbor House Happenings for November 2014

Acadia National Park: Public Meeting to Discuss Increases in Park Entrance and Camping Fees

The Quietside of Acadia

Mountains rising from the ocean, forests stretching to granite cliffs, lakes nestled in glacial valleys, crashing surf on a rocky shoreline. It is little wonder that nearly three million people come each year to Mt Desert Island (often just called "MDI") to enjoy Acadia National Park. So, how can an island that hosts millions of people have a quiet side?

MDI is roughly circular with a fjord, Somes Sound, through its center that nearly cuts it in two. Acadia covers just over half of MDI, about a third of the park is west of the Sound.

Most tourists to the island head to Bar Harbor on the northeast coast, which is home to several large hotels and is a popular port for cruise ships. Tremont and Southwest Harbor are the principal towns on the west side of MDI. First settled by fishermen, the towns retain their maritime heritage boasting healthy fishing fleets and myriad boat yards.

Although less traveled than the east side, the Quietside of Acadia offers plenty of services for visitors, as this website shows. We invite you to browse the site to learn about Acadia National Park and our community. Or better still, come for a visit and enjoy a classic Maine island vacation.

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