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

Seal Cove Auto Museum Presents: Demo Day

Bass Harbor Memorial Library Presents: Author event: Jefferson Navicky & Candice Stover

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Shakespeare by the Sea with Acadia Community Theater and the Barn Arts Collective

Claremont Hotel Lecture Series: Over There and Down Home: Mainers and World War I
Acadia Repretory Theatre Presents: Cinderella

The Barn Arts Collective Presents: Bee Parks and the Hornets at The Criterion

Acadia Repertory Theatre Presents: Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Sips Presents: Happy Hour with Brian Kupiec

Fogtown Brewing Presents: Mai Kheet Band
Parking, traffic woes examined

Visitation continues to rise

Sailing leaderboard

Goose Cove reopened

Garden flourishes at Kelley Farm
Newly Launched Maine RecoveryCorps Recruiting Service Members

Bark Ranger Program offered in Acadia National Park

Healthy Acadia Receives National AmeriCorps Grant

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Presents Golf Tourney Proceeds to Beneficiary

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust supports Healthy Acadia's DownEast Teen Leadership Camp

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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