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SWH Firehouse's 3rd Annual Fitness Fundraiser

ArtWaves Presents: Decorative Ornaments

Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: Printmaking Workshop: Holiday Cards

SWH Public Library Presents: A Reading by American Poet and Novelist, Baron Wormser

SWH Public Library Presents: Holiday Book Sale
Island Arts Association's 43rd Annual Holiday Craft Fair

Island Arts Association's 43rd Annual Holiday Craft Fair

Harbor House's Annual Holiday Craft Fair

Harbor House's Annual Holiday Craft Fair
Town to buy ferry terminal for $3.5 million

Clam committee license decision draws reprimand

Walsh invests in new tender boats
Welcome to new Chamber Member, Sea Princess Cruises!

Healthy Acadia Begins Graceful Aging on MDI, A New Program of Movement Classes for Seniors

Bar Harbor Bankshares Employees Support Hurricane Relief Efforts

Healthy Acadia Welcomes New Board Members

Islesford Dock Restaurant Fundraiser To Challenge Cancer A Success

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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