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The Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center will be opening on May 4th. Until then, we will be monitoring phone messages and email on a daily basis. Available by appointment.

New SWH Road Construction Hotline: 244-7917

‘At Home’ offers senior support

Jury finds Morse guilty of murder

Bar Harbor man charged with arson

Island alums named to dean’s lists

Gender-neutral restrooms urged
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Earth Day Roadside Cleanup: A Friends of Acadia Community Volunteer Project

Your Pet's Next Best Friend Presents: Heartworm Education and Heartworm Testing Clinic

Garden Class

Harbor House Presents Touch A Truck

Park Loop Road opens for season and carriage roads close for spring thaw

Welcome to New Member, Island Arts Association!

Welcome to New Chamber Member - The Rock Church - Acadia!

It's April and that means it's Shop Hop Time!

Wreaths Across America Hosts their 1st Veterans Open House

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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