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Visitor Center is closed for the winter. Weekly Vehicle Park Passes are available at the Harbor House during office hours.

SWH Library Presents: Pumpkin Festival

Community Halloween Party at Harbor House

The Dockside Inn's Halloween Party

SWH Library Presents: Halloween Book Give-away

SWH Library Presents: Ken Olson: Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument: The Place, the Politics and a Prognosis
Coda Presents: Ruth Grierson & Friends

The Barn Arts Collective Presents: The Haunted Woods

Coda Presents: Mes Amis Duo

The Barn Arts Collective Presents: The Haunted Woods

The Barn Arts Collective Presents: The Haunted Woods
Solar farm lease OK'd

Water, sewer district change is proposed

Zero waste topic of talk at Jesup

Bacon wins sailing championship

Cruise ship spending has ripple effect
Healthy Acadia is going strong

Healthy Acadia Presents: Taking Action For Health: FREE workshops offered

Wilderness First Responder Certification Course at Camp Beech Cliff

A Special Announcement from Hinckley

The Wendell Gilley Museum: Join us for A Flight of Swallows
Acadia Centennial Celebration Plans a Final Blaze of Glory in Final 100 Days

Drums, chorus, speeches celebrate Acadia 100

Autumn leaves and the Acadia Centennial make September brilliant

Acadia Centennial Section at

Acadia: A gift to the people, by the people

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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