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Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Weatherize MDI

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: The Search for the White Rose with Peter Logue

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: AARP Tax-Aide Program

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Snowflake Story Time & Crafts (Rescheduled)

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Saturday Morning Games with Dick Atlee, Sarah Corson, and Linda Hayward
Sips Presents: Community Jam with Brian Kupiec

Coda Presents: Songwriter Showcase

Sips Presents: Wednesday Night Music with Ivey Menzietti

Coda Presents: St. Pat's Day with the Blake Rosso Band

Coda Presents: Stand Up MDI
Islander students

Trenton Health Center honored

Free financial literacy seminars

In pictures this week

COA president explains pier comments
Taking Action on Pain Free Workshop Series Begins February 21st in Southwest Harbor

Machias Savings Bank Helps to Build Community Health Services

National Park Service offers summer teacher fellowships at Acadia National Park and Saint Croix Island International Historic Site

YWCA Presents: Ladies Who Launch

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Employees Make "Community Commitment" Donation

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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