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The Visitor Center is open daily, 9AM to 5PM.

ArtWaves MDI Presents: Ink, Watercolor & Wax on Rice Paper

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Health Insurance Basics with Kathy Mulligan and Kevin Hunt

Southwest Harbor Historical Society Presents: Historic Cemeteries of SWH

Fee Free Day in Acadia National Park

Tremont Historical Society Event: Film "Deep Waters"
Sips Presents: Wednesday Night Music with Ivey Menzietti

Coda Presents: The Blake Rosso Band

Fogtown Brewing Presents: Ryan Blotnick Trio

Sips Presents: Wednesday Night Music with Bill Haynes and Bill Wixon

Coda Presents: Adam Babcock
Numbers solid for new seasonal air carrier

Entrance fee waived Sept. 22

High school numbers up

Warrant committee opposes charter redo

Voters OK street sweeper purchase
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Sponsors 2018 MDI Marathon

Cruise of MDI'S Great Harbor to make History come alive

Southwest Harbor Week Celebrates the Quietside of Acadia

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust awards Career & Technical Education scholarships

Seal Cove Auto Museum's 1928 Ford Huckster to be Featured on Jay Leno's Garage

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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