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Our Visitor Center will (tentatively) be opening on May 10, 2021. Hours will be Monday - Friday, 9AM to 5PM.

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Hadrian's Wall (Valli Aelii) National Trail The north-west frontier of the Roman empire

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: E-book and audiobook Presentation

22nd Annual Acadia Birding Festival

Bar Harbor Garden Club's Public Garden Tour

Coastal Fine Arts Alliance of Maine's Annual Gallery on the Green
Island Arts Association's Memorial Day Fair

Island Arts Association's Memorial Day Fair

Island Arts Association's Spring Fair in Southwest Harbor

Island Arts Association's Spring Fair in Southwest Harbor

Island Arts Association's Fourth of July Fair
Charter boat industry expects a busy season

The Week in Pictures

Food box distributions planned for April 20

MDI Hospital receives worksite wellness recognition

Food pantry gets interim director
Welcome to new Chamber member Heart and Harbor

Welcome to new Chamber member, The Davis Agency

Welcome to new Chamber Member, Acadia Vendors Market!

Welcome to new Chamber Member, Acadia Mindfulness Adventures!

Acadia National Park Announces Openings for 2021
Acadia National Park Announces Openings for 2021

Bodies of Two Hikers Recovered from Dorr Mountain in Acadia National Park

Historic Carriage Roads Close for Mud Season in Acadia

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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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