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The Visitor Center is open 9AM to 5PM Monday through Friday. If you plan to visit, please wear your face covering and practice social distancing. We have Individual Weekly, Vehicle Weekly and Acadia Annual Park Passes available.

Southwest Harbor Historical Society's Annual Meeting

ArtWaves Presents: Modern for Young Dancers

Camp Capella Presents: Charity Golf Scramble at the Lucerne Golf Club

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: "Wild, Wierd, Wonderful - Maine" with Earl Brechlin

Mount Desert Island Historical Society Presents: Socially Distanced History Happy Hour
Island Arts Association Presents: Bar Harbor Fall Colors Craft Fair

Fogtown Brewing Presents: Chris Ross in the Beer Garden

Island Arts Association Presents: Bar Harbor Fall Colors Craft Fair
Music brings joy to Alzheimer's patients

Maritime Shorts

Charter changes vote set for Nov. 3

Acadia visitation bounces back

Tremont News Briefs
Christopher Fogg's Obituary and the Fogg Family Memorial Fund

Welcome to our New Member, Island Connections!

Fund to Support Needs of Cancer Patients During COVID-19 Pandemic

August 2020 President's Letter

Healthy Acadia to Offer Responsible Sales Training September 24

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 stop 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 Acadia away from the crowds.


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