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Visitor Center is closed for the winter. Reach us at: or call 207-244-9264

Letter cites oyster farm 'fallacies'

Board to name district trustees

Jackson Laboratory’s long-term plans are detailed

Steele reflects on career

Hospital gets high marks
Seasonal and Roadside Maintenance Closures

Boats and Buoys Exhibit at Islesford Historical Museum Excites Visitors

Bat Research in Acadia

Acadia Announces Centennial Challenge Projects- NPS Matches Friends of Acadia Funds for Historic Trails and Carriage Road Work

Tourism to Acadia National Park creates $271 Million in Economic Benefits
Sawyer's Specialties Presents a Wine Tasting

Island Arts Association's "Winter in Acadia" December Holiday Fair

Annual Harbor House Community Holiday Celebration

Annual Harbor House Holiday Craft Fair

Wendell Gilley Presents: Holiday Open House and Carving Show
Healthy Acadia Offers Free Medline Plus Tutorial Sessions

Your Pet's Next Best Friend Veterinary Clinic Rabies Clinic

Island Arts Association's 41st Holiday Craft Fair Winter in Acadia

A Letter from Ellen Sevigny at Yoga in Your Park

News from Artful Designs Hair Care & Art

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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