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The Visitor Center is closed for the winter.

SWH Library Presents: Take a Trip to Australia & New Zealand with Bob Thayer!

SWH Library Presents: "President Trump, Populism, and Human Rights"

SWH Library Presents: Anne Britting Oleson - Book Talk

Seal Cove Auto Museum Presents: History Happy Hour's Trivia Night

Camp Capella's Polar Dip
Coda Presents: Ruth Grierson & Friends

Sips Presents: Bill Shaw

Coda Presents: Stesha Cano Band

Coda Presents: Adam Babcock and Tomorrow Morning
Solar farm dedication

Amy Lonetree to talk about museum decolonization

Trump victory energizes students

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Taking Action For Health: FREE workshops offered

Healthy Acadia to Offer Recovery Coach Training

Welcome to New Chamber Member, Camp Capella, Inc.!

Healthy Acadia is going strong

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

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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