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The Visitor Center is closed for the winter.

Bass Harbor Memorial Library Presents: Martha Donovan

Bass Harbor Memorial Library Presents: A Bright Idea

SWH Library Presents: Acadia Hand Bell Choir Children's Concert

Salty Dog Gallery's Birthday Party for Beryl

SWH Library Presents: Poets Bearing Witness in an Age of Polarity; Speaking Truth to Power
Sips Presents: Ryan Miller

Island Arts Association Present: The Spring Fair

Island Arts Association Present: YMCA/YWCA MDI Craft Fair

Harbor House's Annual Flamingo Festival Craft Fair

Coastal Fine Arts Alliance of Maine's Annual Gallery on the Green
Rabies clinic is scheduled

Sanctuary community petition is on warrant

Port Authority option is open

Ten years ago in these pages

Police have stolen truck suspect
Welcome to New Chamber Member, The Southwest Harbor Public Library

Hungry for Health 2016 Raises Over $6,100 For Substance Prevention

Taking Action For Health: FREE workshops offered

Healthy Acadia to Offer Recovery Coach Training

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

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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