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Visitor Center open Daily 9-5 thru Oct. 18
Park Passes available

Fishing boat inspection deadline is Oct. 15

Helicopter evacuates four from remote island

Eat s'mores, help pay for wheelchairs

Abbe museum welcomes new trustees

Coast Guard honors rescuers
Professor Federico Niccolini to speak on Management of National Parks in Italy

Acadia Will Offer a Car-Free Morning on National Public Lands Day

Boats and Buoys Exhibit at Islesford Historical Museum Excites Visitors

Public Meeting on Park Headquarters and Visitor Center Plan

Advisory Commission Meeting September 14 2015
SWH Library Presents: Robert Klose "Long Live Grover Cleveland"

Seal Cove Auto Museum Presents: Steam Car Day!

SWH Library Presents: Barn Arts Collective

20th Annual OKTOBERFEST!

Island Arts Association's Downtown Oktoberfest Craft Fair
Breast Health Center at MDI Hospital Celebrates Breast Health Awareness Month

National Park Service Invites Public to Attend Meeting on Acadia National Park Headquarters and Visitor Center Plan

Welcome to New Chamber Member Cafe 2!

News from the Salty Dog

Star Party on Cadillac Mountain will highlight the 7th Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival

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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