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|Southwest Harbor Public Library's Halloween Celebration and Raffle|
Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Christina Baker Kline
Thurston's Lobster Pound's Annual Trunk or Treat
Harbor House's Annual Halloween Celebration
Island Arts Association's Holiday Craft Fair
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|Planning Board still needs complete parking lot plan |
Sidewalk process slogged by state
School, needing more space, looks to town’s new building
Culvert completion clears town of violations
|Southwest Harbor Mourns the Loss of Chief Alan Brown
Healthy Acadia Announces Second Year of Mini-Grant Opportunities for Community Partners to Expand Youth Substance Use Prevention Initiatives
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Christopher Fogg's Obituary and the Fogg Family Memorial Fund
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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.